the palmetto mid-mod dresser.

 I wasn’t really looking for furniture when I was out garage saling with my sister recently, but this mid-century dresser was just too good of a deal to pass up.

Even though mid-mod isn’t really my personal style, I still enjoy working on these pieces.  Plus they are just so darn easy to sell when they’re done.  And I had an inkling that this dresser would be much improved with a simple coat of paint.

I hope I don’t jinx it by saying that, and I also hope the color I’ve chosen doesn’t make it harder to sell.

I’ve gone with a color from Dixie Belle called Palmetto.  It’s a vibrant blue green.

This was really just a basic paint job.  I sanded the surface to give it more gripping power to hold the paint, then I cleaned it with a damp rag, then I brushed on two coats of Palmetto.  I finished it up with Dixie Belle’s Flat clear coat.

Easy peasy.  Nothing fancy.  Just a huge pop of color.

Before I put the original drawer pulls back on I washed them with Dawn dish soap and then brightened them up a little with a layer of with prima’s Decor Wax in Eternal.

The gold is gorgeous next to the blue green of the Palmetto.

My new Savoy camera was perfect for staging this dresser.

The green of the knobs and strap are almost a perfect match for the Palmetto.

This is one of those chameleon colors that is hard to capture in photos.  I struggled with getting the white balance just right.  Really, the color changes based on the light anyway, sometimes looking more green and other times more blue.

It was fun giving this dresser some new life using paint.  What do you think of its new look?

If any of you locals are interested, be sure to check my ‘available for local sale’ page for the details.

As always, thanks to Dixie Belle Paint Co for providing products used in this makeover.

43 thoughts on “the palmetto mid-mod dresser.

  1. Well done, you. That color is exactly what the sad looking dresser needed. It is a stand out piece now – before it looked like something you’d hide in the basement. A real life Cinderella story. I can guarantee it will sell quickly. I love that color. Although Antebellum blue is my new favorite Dixie Bell color.


  2. Wow! It looks fabulous! Great color choice and the gold pulls are the perfect finishing touch. You have lovely taste and produce beautiful pieces. So inspiring!


  3. I was never a fan of MCM furniture but, people kept donating it to me so, I painted some. Oh my! Painted MCM furniture looks amazing! I now have a house full, it seems. What you’ve done, the color you chose, for this once ugly piece is a bit of perfection. I’d love to add it to my son’s room which he’s designed in perfect MCM style. I wish I didn’t live so far away.


    1. I’m not really a fan either, I don’t think there is a single mid-mod thing in my house (except now my Savoy camera). But I can appreciate the style and I do admire it when it’s done well.


  4. This piece is lovely! I’m not a fan of mid-mod either but the Dixie paint made it come alive. Did you put the knob gold on with a q-tip? Beautiful job!!


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