The resurgence of mid-century modern furniture couldn’t have happened at a better time – retro tables, chairs, and decor from this era mesh well with contemporary trends. And although these pieces can beautifully complement a 21st century room, some may need a little TLC to work well with their surroundings. Simple upgrades such as modern hardware, a fresh coat of paint, and (possibly) new legs are usually all that’s needed to get the job done. Are you considering painting a vintage piece? Take a look at the methods these creatives applied to their finds:
Image: Samantha Pattillo
Love Create Celebrate found this dresser online – for free! We’re absolutely in love with the faux metal inlay she added to the front panels.
Style Mutt Home gives a deteriorating bureau new hope with a bit of wood filler, a dramatic paint color, and new pulls
Etsy seller ReDesignDecor salvaged this sturdy piece and gave it a stylish twist that preserves some of the dresser’s original features.
The Weathered Door could have us all fooled with this dresser that looks like something out of a high-end retailer. She refreshed a once faded piece with a bold persimmon shade for an updated look.
Vintage furniture restorer Modern Relic gave this piece a unique upgrade with black paint and lines of various weights.
Lost & Found flipped this previously outdated dresser into something modern and sleek with a little paint and gold accents.
Etsy shop owner CaramelTreasures decked out this retro find with a dark grey background and geometric gold stenciling.
Sometimes just an even coat of a solid paint color is all you need for an elegant furniture transformation. See more on this piece at General Finishes Design Center.
How cool is this dresser from Samantha Pattillo?! A range of paint colors, painters’ tape, plus a few other steps result in this eye-catching piece.