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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Charcoal and Wood MCM Dresser Makeover

Charcoal, wood and original brass hardware make for a beautiful combination on a vintage MCM dresser. 

I had a slight moment of panic after the end of the August Sweet Clover sale.  It was a great month and I sold all my large pieces of furniture, which was AMAZING, but that also meant I had a lot of work ahead of me.  I'd only have a few short weeks to hunt, buy and transform another 4-5 pieces of furniture and I was starting to stress.  The hunt was immediately on to find new treasures to update.

We were actually getting ready to head out of town for vacation when I spotted an affordable Mainline by Hooker MCM dresser.   It had gorgeous original teardrop pulls that I just couldn't resist and since I can never pass up a good deal, we held off on loading up the car and I headed out to pick up the dresser.  Priorities, right?  
Charcoal painted MCM dresser makeover

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- 100 & 120 grit sandpaper
- Simple Green 
- Paper towels
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As soon as we came home from vacation and got the car unloaded I started working on the dresser.  I normally like to use milk paint, but I was out of the color I needed so I used the charcoal chalk paint I had on hand.  
Highboy MCM dresser before
After removing the hardware, I gave the entire dresser a good sanding with 100 grit sandpaper and my orbital sander.  I wiped it clean with Simple Green then applied 2 coats of chalk paint, lightly sanding in between each coat.  I then sealed the dresser with my favorite matte poly

Sanding MCM dresser before painting

I liked the age and patina of the original hardware, so I opted not to clean them with Brasso and put them back on the dresser as is.  
Charcoal chalk painted MCM dresser makeover
I'm used to milk paint, which gives a smooth clean finish, but I kind of like the brushed denim effect of the sanded chalk paint.  It's definitely a different look and gives a bit of dimension to the dresser.  I left the base and legs of the dresser stained, which adds a touch of much needed contrast.
Charcoal and wood MCM dresser makeover

Dovetail drawers on vintage MCM dresser

This gorgeous charcoal chalk painted Mainline MCM dresser will be available at this month's Sweet Clover sale, September 21st-23rd. 

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Before and After of vintage MCM dresser makeover

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  1. I love the way the dresser turned out! It's great what a little paint can do! Wow, I wish I was that far ahead on my projects!