Monday, February 18, 2013

A Bit of Modern

I am unashamedly more of an antique/turn of the century/primitive furniture lover.  I've always appreciated their lasting timeless beauty, and gorgeous twists, turned legs, and decorative details.  Recently I've been admiring a host of mid-century modern pieces for their very clean lines, focus on gorgeous wood, and streamlined proportions.  Here was a gorgeous piece that I could not even bring myself to put a paint brush near.
It sold very quickly so someone else really appreciated this lovely gal.  I've been fortunate enough to find other mid-century pieces.  Sometimes they are not in quite such pristine condition.  Like this one...
with good bones, but nicked up and missing the center door, and not quite right hardware.  The top however was salvageable after a good sanding.  A customer was able to see the potential from this photo, and we worked hard to turn it into this refreshed piece.
Ah, much better now.  We filled in the holes left by the missing door and opted to leave the center drawers open for easy accessibility.  We rebuilt the chipped off pieces on the drawers, filled the gouges and nicks of time, restained the top and found proportional hardware.  Pretty sweet.

This one time mid-century modern dresser is headed to a real estate office to work as a console/credenza.  She'll house forms and paperwork for the team of realtors.  New, straightforward hardware sure pops off that white.
I think these open drawers look great without a door covering them.  I could just as easily see the piece in a nursery holding all the diapers and onsies.  Or how about a family room, housing the gaming gadgets and DVD's?
The top turned out Gorgeous!  It was an unbelievable transformation and I wish I had caught a before photo.
The paint is Benjamin Moore, White Linen in the Advanced formula.  It required priming, but gave this a very smooth and durable finish.  The top was stained in Minwax Jacobean and finished with Minwax Antique Oil.  I just love the little hardware knobs on the smaller drawers!
I've come to really enjoy and love these little modern ladies.  It's a nice change of pace to work on one.  And there's a lot to be said for form and function when it comes to Mid-Century Modern.  

I'm sorry I've been quiet over here on the blog.  Life has not been quiet that's for sure!  Actually there has been a ton of painting activity.  My Mr. and I took a bit of a break after I finished this piece to actually work on our Master Bedroom.  The room known as "the untouched cave".  No bedroom should be the dumping ground/cave that ours had become.  I have a few more pieces to pull together and then hope to have a reveal of our new "restful escape".  It's amazing what a difference some paint can make!  There's also the dreaded sinus infection to recover from and then all will be back to crazy normal!

Have a great week!
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  1. it looks great! i can totally see it being used in a baby's room as a changing table.

  2. Beautiful Deb! I'm definitely a fan of mid-century pieces!

  3. This is just beautiful! It works so much better without the door. I turned down all my moms mud century modern furniture as I didn't like it and now I'm trying to find some which isn't a crazy price!

  4. I really like the way this looks. Very clean. Great work on it!

  5. This came out awesome! It gives it a whole different look without the center door. Great job!

  6. Gosh you and I have so much in common it's scary! I totally agree with you on the mid century pieces. I LLOOOOVVEE them but agree not all should be paintd and when I opt to paint a piece I do it becuase it desparately needs it. And when I do paint it I try keep in mind the integrity of the piece! ugh that was a mouthful! I love this new piece of yours. Very fresh and clean. You did an amazing job!

  7. OH I LOVE IT!!! Wish I had room for something like that!! Beautiful :o)

  8. Hi. I'm checking out your blog for the first time. So glad to have found you. I've also grown to love the simplicity and durable wood in mid century pieces. I've done several and also use Benj Moore Advance paint for mine. A quetion: What are the advantages of using Minwax Antique Oil on the top as opposed to wax or Wipe-On Poly. I use both but sometimes get an uneven finish on top of my newly sanded and stained tops. Thanks for the advice!


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