Mid-Century Painted & Stained Dresser

By Mark DeRemer, Owner/Operator at Refurbished Gentleman, LLC

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This dresser was a fun project.  It's an incredibly well built Thomasville piece that I found being neglected and left for dead in someone's garage.  I'm attaching a picture of the before to show just what I saw when I found it online.  It's one of those times where I instantly saw what it could be and knew I had to have it!  After getting it home I knew right off I'd be painting and staining this piece so I got to work prepping the top.  And you'll see a pic for that as well, sanding back that layer of original top coat and stain to bring back the beauty of what it was.  Once all the prep work was done I got to work...

First was the body, which got two coats of Queenstwon Gray.  The unique thing about this piece and Genereal Finishes Milk paints is, the grain of the wood still peeked through.  And I love this when I have a cool piece with incredible grain to show off.  After the paint, I gave the body one coat of High Performance Top Coat in Flat.

And now the top, oh the top!  To really transform this piece from old to new, I decided on an entirely new look to the top to compliment the deep gray you get with Queenstown.   So I decided on the incredible Jave Gel Stain.  And as you'll see in the pictures, that Java is just so incredibly beautiful.  And with the wood sanded back to the raw wood it really allowed the grain to be seen throughout.  To top it off, I gave finished it with 5 coast of High Performance Top Coat, Flat.

And the icing on the cake for this piece was the all-original brass knobs and pulls.  I intended on usuing them as-is, but after some serious cleaning I found that the color was not even throughout and wouldn't compliment the piece the way I'd hoped.  So I decided to hunt down just the right bronze/gold color.  It took about 15, no kidding, 15 cans of spray paint, but I found the absolutre perfect color for this combination.  It was Rust-Oleum Universal Metallic, Satin Bronze and oh how lovely it turned out contrasting against the deep gray of the Queenstown.

Thanks to the build quality of this era, this discarded mid-century Thomasville beauty, now gets to live an entirely new life with this modern makeover.

Products Used

  • General Finishes Queenstown Gray Milk Paint
  • General Finishes Java Gel Stain
  • General Finishes High Performance Top Coat Flat
  • Rust-Oleum Universal Metallic Satin Bronze

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