RERUN ALERT!!!Thanks to the Beckie Farrant, the genius behind RoadKill Rescue for the feature today!Â

Bonjour!  Or should I say, Cool….as in this dresser! It went from shocking blah, to an experiment in color gone bad, to sleek and modern…

 Here is the original if you missed it:Â

I am in the process of Redouxing oldest daughter’s bedroom.  The walls were ELECTRIC LIME GREEN.  Don’t even get me started on how many coats of Primer it took to cover it.  I thought I kept seeing mint green for days after……

After walls were completely finished, I turned my attention to a “Free To Me” dresser that had been in youngest daughter’s room.  Try as I might, I could not locate a picture of the dresser before it got it’s first (kind of frightening Redoux)
We were going for a very bright look, and well….we got it!Â
The dresser was in fantastic condition and with youngest daughter’s room redone, you can see the furniture for youngest daughter’s makeover here at:
Le Chair  Le Dresser

Back to Mid Century Man.  Here he is stripped and ready for refining:
I stripped the paint off, ground it off where it wouldn’t budge, then sanded him smooth with 220 grit, then hand sand with 320. Â
 Did two coats of Zinsser Bulls Eye Primer.
Painted the body of the dresser with Sherwin Williams “Alabaster”, the same color of the walls.  Mr. Red and I sprayed the drawers in Sherwin Williams, “Capri”, which happened to be the exact same color of her new bedspread!Â
By the way, I simmered the handles in hot water all day and the red paint came right off those old handles!  I sprayed and Primed them with  a Basic White.  The top knobs are leftover from another project, sprayed white as well.   I love the updated look it has, and am thrilled Mr. Mid  Century has gone on to live another life in a teen, “tropical theme” hip room. Â
Oh yes, since I had some paint leftover in the sprayer, I sprayed a $3.00 pink lamp for Goodwill in the same “Capri, and made a funky new (schlumpy) shade with some leftover fabric.Â

Let me know what you think!


  1. Maridith @ Strictly Homemade

    I love the new look. Can't wait to see the big reveal of her room! I bet you always have paint under your nails you are such a busy lady! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Happy New Year to you as well!

  2. shellyandrade

    Holy cow! I had to scroll up and down four times to compare – what a difference!

    Karen, you did so much work on this piece – wow! I had to sit down and take a break just imagining you doing all of this. Very cool!! I bet she LOVES it!

    Now I have to show you our girls rooms! Let me just warn you – I was inspired by the Portland Children's Museum and I'm not afraid of color:)

    a hui hou! Shell

  3. Mandy

    Love, love, love it!!!!

  4. Karen

    What a beautiful colour you chose for the dresser, and an amazing difference to the 'before'! Can't wait to see the rest of the room:)

  5. Lisa - A Room with A View

    The dresser looks pristine and is in such a pretty color. I do also love the shade…so unique!

  6. Coupon Clippin' Mommy

    I was looking at the dresser picture thinking, Wow that lamp matches great!

    Great makeover, I'm sure your daughter loves it.

  7. Trina Curran

    We have several pieces of mid century, and I am thinking about painting my hutch. I love the colors you chose! So pretty!

  8. Holly Lefevre

    I love it – what a great color! Lime green – how did she sleep!? What a lucky girl to get a room makeover from you!

  9. Amy of The Salvage Collection

    yep, another fab rehab! the mid-century style is perfect for a teen's room, isn't it?

    had to subscribe to via my email 'cuz i missed this one in my reader!

    also, are you using a paint sprayer or just a can?

  10. Rachel VanHook

    You know me I LOVE the MCM stuff…can't get enough of it right now!!! The dresser A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. Colors, style, hardware all of it in LOVE!!!!!!!

  11. lynnegbosma

    Looks like all that hard work paid off–great re-do!
    ~Lynne @ Beautiful Things

  12. Maicon

    What a beautiful colour you chose for the dresser, and an amazing difference to the ‘before’! Can’t wait to see the rest of the room:)

    • GTC

      Thank you so much Maicon! I love the way this piece turned out. Makes me happy every time I walk past it.


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