How to Make a Midcentury Modern Inspired Two Tone Dresser

how to finish a midcentury modern inspired two tone dresser via MakelyHome.com

When we last left my DIY midcentury modern inspired dresser, my husband Tom (who built this dresser from scratch) handed it over to me for finishing.  When he left for work the next morning, he said, “Don’t ruin it.”  Oh, great.  Thanks for the vote of confidence!  I think he was only half joking.

I wanted to paint the box of the dresser in a bright white gloss and stain the drawer fronts in a medium brown for a two tone look.  I love this look, and it will be perfect in Emma’s bedroom.

I sanded the entire piece with a 220-grit sandpaper.  Then, I primed the box (inside and out) with a good oil-based primer.   Once the primer was dry, I used Glidden Trim and Door extra high gloss paint in bright white.  This is a thick, gel paint that doesn’t show brush marks and drips like traditional paint.  Glidden sent me some of this paint to try out on this dresser, and I think it was definitely the right choice for this project.

DIY Crate and Barrel Midcentury Modern Inspired Dresser via MakelyHome.com- painted with @GliddenPaint Trim and Door (in Extra High Gloss Bright White) and stained drawer fronts

The recommended method for applying this paint is with a brush, but Glidden says that a high density foam roller can also be used.  I went the roller route since I was painting a surface that was large, flat and smooth.  It covered wonderfully in two coats.  Although the finish isn’t as perfect as I get from my paint sprayer, it still looks a lot better than I would have gotten with traditional latex or oil-based paint. Glidden Trim and Door paint is an aklyd and dries really hard – which makes it great for not only trim and doors but for a piece of furniture in a child’s room.  I used it on the trim in our powder room, and it has held up perfectly.

While the paint was drying, I stained the drawer fronts with American Walnut from Rustoleum (same paint I used for my CB2 clock project) and waxed the fronts and drawer sides with Miss Mustard Seed soft wax (my favorite top coat product right now).

DIY Crate and Barrel Midcentury Modern Inspired Dresser via MakelyHome.com- painted with @GliddenPaint Trim and Door (in Extra High Gloss Bright White) and stained drawer fronts

The finished dresser is exactly what I had pictured in my mind when I dreamt this whole thing up in the first place.  EXACTLY.  It’s so nice when that happens!

DIY Crate and Barrel Midcentury Modern Inspired Dresser via MakelyHome.com- painted with @GliddenPaint Trim and Door (in Extra High Gloss Bright White) and stained drawer fronts

And look at that super high gloss paint.  It’s so shiny that it reflects my upcycled Elvis artwork!

DIY Crate and Barrel Midcentury Modern Inspired Dresser via MakelyHome.com- painted with @GliddenPaint Trim and Door (in Extra High Gloss Bright White) and stained drawer fronts

(Just for the record, Emma doesn’t keep to keep my Elvis in her room.  She may get him in my Will one day, but she’ll have to earn him.  I love him that much.  She does, however, get another super special project that I can’t reveal yet.)

DIY Crate and Barrel Midcentury Modern Inspired Dresser via MakelyHome.com- painted with @GliddenPaint Trim and Door (in Extra High Gloss Bright White) and stained drawer fronts

And Jack (white) and Duke (brown).  They were so happy to come in while I was shooting the dresser. Look at Jack’s face!  He’s so proud of himself.

DIY Crate and Barrel Midcentury Modern Inspired Dresser via MakelyHome.com- painted with @GliddenPaint Trim and Door (in Extra High Gloss Bright White) and stained drawer fronts

Again, I want to give a HUGE thank you to my friend Rayan for designing the plan for this dresser and to my husband Tom for building it (I didn’t ruin it!).  I am in awe of you both and would like to be you when I grow up.

Are you inspired?  Who says you can’t have a $1600 dresser for 1/5 of the price?  I sure don’t!

This is a sponsored post from Glidden.  All opinions – and Elvis artworks – are my own.   




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About Lindsay Ballard

Lindsay Ballard is a former college mascot turned political geek turned DIY fanatic who is conspiring to live in a Technicolor dream world. Her designs are bold and graphic, while her spirit is fun and full of color. Lindsay chronicles her projects and design ideas here at Makely, where she shares daily tutorials and inspiration. Lindsay lives outside of Austin, Texas with her husband (Tom), children (Zack and Emma) and dogs (Jack and Duke).



Comments

  1. It looks amazing Lindsay! I love that Jack is smiling for the camera.

  2. I need this dresser!! So much gorgeousness.

  3. Cute dresser! I really love the little added touches of this. Really cute and amazing.

  4. I love that elvis!! Where did you get it? Make it?

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