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Easy Vintage Mid-Century Furniture Flip

Are you a fan of vintage mid-century furniture? Today I’m sharing the simple steps we used to update this mid-century flip.

I love clean lines, and when I found this fun dresser at the Thrift Store for cheap, I knew I could make it look fabulous without spending much money.

I visit our Habitat ReStore often to check out the latest donations. This cute dresser really caught my eye. The price was right; wait until you see how it looks now.

Easy Vintage Mid-Century Furniture Flip with chalk paint and rustoleum.

What is Mid-Century Furniture?

Furniture manufactured between the 1940s and the 1970s is considered mid-century. You can identify most vintage pieces because of their unique, clean lines.

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Mid-Century furniture’s popularity is partly due to the quality of construction and timeless, simple lines. Dressers and chests of drawers provide much-needed storage without overcrowding small spaces.

Although vintage furniture color choices may be less desirable, there is an easy way to update the pieces. Today I’m sharing an easy, inexpensive, vintage mid-century furniture makeover.

Thrift Store Find - Antique Mid-Century Furniture Dresser in cream color.

Hardware Update

First, consider the hardware. You may decide to update the hardware with a new style. However, if it’s still in great shape, you can save money by reusing the original pieces.

Although the drawer pulls were solid, and structurally in good shape, the finish was tarnished.

Mid Century Furniture hardware needs refinishing.

In addition, the dresser legs were adorned with metal which was also tarnished.

Repair damaged area and clean before painting.

Instead of replacing, these metal pieces were easy to update with a coat of Rust-oleum Antique Brass Spray Paint.

Tape the leg allowing the metal leg cap to be exposed, and paint with spray paint.

If repainting the dresser legs, you don’t have to worry about paint overspray; however, if you don’t plan to refinish the wooden legs, be sure to cover them entirely before painting.

If the caps are damaged, replacement caps are available to purchase.

Refinish the metal pieces on the mid-century dresser with antique brass spray paint.

To paint the hardware, place each drawer pull on cardboard and spray the entire surface with the spray paint. Allow the paint to dry and reapply if needed.

If painting the hardware isn’t an option, these replacement drawer pulls would also look great.

Spray paint antique mid-century hardware from dresser with antique brass spray paint.

Prepare the Vintage Dresser

Once all the hardware is removed, you will want to clean the wooden furniture to remove any dirt or wax build-up. I like to use TSP Cleaner for deep cleaning. You will want to use protective gloves and goggles.

Allow the furniture to dry. Repair any damaged areas with wood filler and sand with a sanding block if needed.

Paint Vintage Mid-Century Dresser

This vintage mid-century dresser was in excellent condition and only needed a good cleaning.

I began with a coat of black chalk paint as a primer.

Paint surface of the mid-century furniture with black chalk paint

After the chalk paint dried, I applied two coats of Annie Sloan Satin Paint.

Paint with Annie Sloan Satin Paint in Black

Finally, I used a foam roller to provide a smooth surface finish to the drawer fronts and dresser top.

Use sponge roller over flat surfaces to assure a flawless finish.

Allow the paint to dry for a few days before reattaching the hardware.

Replace hardware on drawers

Vintage Mid-Century Furniture Update Reveal

This vintage mid-century furniture update will look amazing as an entry table or console table and, obviously, for its original purpose, a dresser.

Furniture Flip.  Mid-Century Modern updated dresser.

The matte black finish gives it a mid-century modern feel.

Matte Black chalk paint and antique brass paint updated this mid-century furniture dresser.

Although it looks great in our storage building, I can’t wait to see it in a beautiful home. For now, it will serve as a display in my mini-shop.

Vintage Mid-Century Furniture Flip with painted hardware and chalk paint.

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Tuesday 17th of January 2023

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Tuesday 17th of January 2023

Thanks for sharing.


Sunday 15th of January 2023

The finished furniture piece is gorgeous and if I liked near by I would be there tomorrow to buy it!!! It’s a great find and it inspires me to start looking at my local Habitat Rehab store!!! Thanks for sharing and have a blessed week💗


Monday 16th of January 2023

Helen, I really appreciate this. Best of luck on your hunt.

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Monday 16th of January 2023

thanks for sharing.


Sunday 15th of January 2023

I love painting furniture and giving it new life. You did an amazing job with this piece, Rachel! It turned out just beautiful!!


Sunday 15th of January 2023

Kim I'm so glad you liked it. Thanks so much


Saturday 14th of January 2023

The lines on this are so pretty! LOVE MCM!

Happy day! KariAnne


Sunday 15th of January 2023

KariAnne, I agree! I love it.