As I was working on two mid-century pieces recently, I was thinking about how many blonde dressers I’ve done in the past.
I took the time to look back and realized I’ve done more than I thought.
My very first mid-mod blonde was a dresser that my friend Cathy gave me. This was waaaay back, before I had a blog and before I realized that these pieces from the 60’s were coming back in style. At the time I was just trying to make this piece more palatable somehow.
It was also before I realized that bright reflecting sunlight maybe wasn’t the greatest lighting choice for furniture photos. And back when I was painting with plain ol’ latex paint and doing things like spraying the hardware white.
The blonde bombshell came along a bit later. It’s painted in Annie Sloan’s Provence.
It had the most awesome drawer pulls. They look like something that came off an airplane.
I think the vintage moxie pieces were my favorite blonde pieces to work on.
I painted them in Sherwin Williams’ Aloe (6464), which was the 2013 color of the year from their Vintage Moxie collection. Seriously! Vintage Moxie! I had to use that name.
Aren’t those circular drawer pulls to die for?
On many of these mid-century pieces, the hardware is what makes the piece.
This mid-century nightstand is the first one I used vintage wallpaper on.
This was a case where I didn’t have the original mid-century hardware, so I gave it more of a vintage makeover with the wallpaper drawer fronts and the old milk glass knobs.
In March of 2015 I worked on another cute little blonde nightstand, this one made by Dixie.
It’s painted in Fusion’s Champlain and Laurentien, and I used the same vintage wallpaper inside the cubby hole area. The flecks of gold in the wallpaper tie perfectly with the gold knobs.
Fast forward to September 2016. Another friend gave me a blonde mid-century piece and surprise, surprise, I decided to paint it mint green.
The mid mod mint is painted in Dixie Belle’s Mint Julep with Annie Sloan’s Old White in the center.
Once again the piece has some distinctive mid-century drawer pulls.
Boy, it wasn’t until I saw all of these pieces in one place that I noticed how much I love painting the blondes with aqua/mint and white.
I’m glad I stepped out of that comfort zone when I painted my latest mid-century blondes.
You’ve seen the one painted in Dixie Belle’s Gravel Road, but you’ll just have to come back on Wednesday to see what color I chose for the 2nd one. Here’s a hint, it’s not mint.