Painted Mid-Century Modern Dressers

Dani Caruso
By Dani Caruso

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

Metallic Detail

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.

Subtle Changes

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.

Fine Lines

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Lost & Found flipped this previously outdated dresser into something modern and sleek with a little paint and gold accents.

Shape Shifting

Etsy shop owner CaramelTreasures decked out this retro find with a dark grey background and geometric gold stenciling.

Just Black

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.

Dani Caruso
By Dani Caruso
Dani is House One’s assistant editor. As a Norwalk, CT native, Dani graduated from UConn with a BA in Digital Media and Design. This millennial longs for the days of All That, Tamagotchis, and Dunkaroos. When she’s not working, she’s hanging outdoors, playing with her dogs, or watching makeup tutorials on YouTube.

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