During the recent miraculous spring warm-up here in the Twin Cities, my co-workers Sue and Cathy and I headed out to our first lunch time garage sale of the season. Woo hoo! Mid-March, and sales are already popping up. So exciting!
We didn’t find much, but I did come home with a Dixie blonde mid-century nightstand and a really fab old wire ‘in-box’ (which now lives in the Q Branch).
The nightstand was bargain priced, and I knew it would be the perfect candidate for another Fusion makeover. Why? Well, when I paint MCM pieces I always feel like they shouldn’t be distressed. Normally I am all about the distressing, but not with these pieces. Obviously, milk paint is out of the running when you don’t want to distress. True, you could add the bonding agent and get a non-distressed look, but seriously, why bother? That’s going to get expensive, and putzy, and unnecessary. In the past chalk paint was always my go-to for MCM pieces. And, don’t get me wrong, they did turn out lovely.
But now that I have tried Fusion, I am pretty sure it’s going to be my paint of choice for MCM pieces and I’m not just whistling dixie!
I painted the body of the nightstand in Fusion’s Champlain and the drawer in my new favorite color, Laurentien. The color reminds me of my favorite shade of McCoy pottery.
I let the paint dry overnight, and then I added some of my fav MCM vintage wallpaper to the inside of the cubby hole. As I was working with the wallpaper, it was nice to not have to worry that I was taking off any paint while wiping off excess paste.
The wallpaper has little touches of gold in it, so I decided to add some gold Rub ‘n Buff to the knobs to bring that out. When I purchased this piece, Cathy assumed I was going to replace those knobs. Nope. The knobs are perfect for this piece and are part of its personality. What do you think of them now Cathy?
I love how the gold works with the turquoise.
Since I felt like the little nightstand would be lonely in a photo shoot all by itself, I also decided to paint up a chair that was waiting for a makeover.
I used the same colors on the chair, and then added some vintage barkcloth to the seat. The aqua in the barkcloth was a perfect match for the Laurentien.
Didn’t it turn out sweet?
Almost makes me want to add a few mid-century pieces to my own home. How about you?