Ahh... the clean lines of mid century pieces are just so great! I picked this one up from a garage sale along with the matching nightstand (still have to figure out what to do with that one!) knowing I have a lot of people looking for mid century pieces.
It was very dull and the wood had a faded look, but it was in pretty decent condition. Mid century pieces are so versatile and timeless I don't like to paint them... or at least not the whole piece. I have done two other MC dresser - you can see those here and here - and so I did the usual, stain part of it dark and paint part of it white.
I hand sanded the whole piece and tried staining it, but the top did not take the stain very well and the trim that comes down the front sides had that stain on it that looks like paint. So, the sides and drawers got two coats of Rustoleum's Ultimate stain in Dark Walnut, then weresealed with poly in a satin finish. I then taped the piece up and primed with Zinsser's oil-based stain blocking primer. After that cured I did a coat of Kilz primer (not oil based or stain blocking). Even after the two coats of primer I still had to do 4 coats of white (which is the reason I despise painting with white). Once it cured I lightly sanded to smooth everything out and then sealed with clear wax.
I see this one being used as a console to store electronics and hold a tv. It even came with a piece of glass to cover and protect the top!
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