A couple of weeks ago nnK (my neighbor across the street) purchased this mid-century modern dresser via Craigslist.
Once she got it home though, she asked me if I wanted to buy it from her and paint it. I’m not sure why she decided not to keep it herself. Perhaps because the finish was in kind of disgusting condition.
Sure, it looks OK in that photo, but here’s a close up that gives you a better idea of how gross it was.
Can you see all of that grime on there? It had also been written on a few times and had plenty of scratches and dings. All of this is by way of saying that often a piece can look pretty good from a distance in the ‘before’ photo while up close and personal it looks pretty bad.
As nnK handed the dresser over to me she suggested I paint it in Fusion’s Park Bench, my favorite shade of green for mid-century pieces. But I’ve got a different piece that I’m currently painting in Park Bench, so I told her I wanted to paint this one pink. She wasn’t too thrilled with that idea. In fact, at first she tried to tell me that I could paint it any color but pink.
However, I’m pretty sure that she knows me well enough by now to know that once something belongs to me, I’ll do whatever I want to with it.
So I handed her the cash for it, and then I painted it pink!
Well, technically, first I sanded it down and cleaned off all of the grime with some Krud Kutter kitchen degreaser. Then I painted it pink.
This is Fusion’s English Rose, but I prefer to call it Millennial Pink (simply so that I can jump on that bandwagon since it’s so popular right now).
I used some Brasso to clean up the original hardware and it shined up quite nicely.
My Vanilla Strawberry hydrangea is covered in flowers this year, so obviously I had to use some of them to style these photos.
The flowers start out white and gradually turn pink over time.
The colors in the hydrangea were a perfect match for the colors in the caladium that I have in one of my window boxes, so I had to add a sprig of that too.
Thank you to Fusion for providing the paint that made this makeover possible.
I have another mid-mod piece in the works this weekend, but I also have another piece I’m working on that is much more ‘me’. So be sure to check back next week!
Oh, and remember, if you are local and in need of a Millennial Pink mid-mod dresser, be sure to check my ‘available for local sale‘ page for more details.