Dec 022013

In a previous post I admitted to my possible on-line estate sale addiction
and revealed the truck load of stuff I got for $35!

Even though it was in rough shape, the one item I loved with the Mid-Century Modern 2-drawer cabinet.   I picked it up for $1.50.
Well actually it was 50 cents but since I gave the other two items in the lot away for lack of space in my car, I will say it was $1.50.
Regardless, I believed she  had potential and what did I have to lose?



Cute pulls were a bit worn


Tongue and Groove



Love the tapered legs and the gold accent.

Besides the missing veneer on the drawer, the top was very rough and the varnish was blistery. 
I started to sand but decided to strip using a chemical stripper and I was very happy I did. 

The walnut veneer was beautiful!

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Rather than add a piece of new veneer, I used wood filler.  I was planning on painting the drawers.



Using wood filler, it is best to apply it very thick then sand back. I did this a couple of times to get it smooth.

Once everything was prepped, I applied Walnut stain I have used for so many other projects.  I just love the rich colour of walnut!

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I let the stain soak in for 15 minutes.  Rustoleum Chamapgne Mist was used on the legs’ metal trim and the drawer pulls.

The fronts of the drawers received TWO coats of Zinsser Stain block. 
I picked up two quart cans of the stuff last summer at the Habitat for Humanity store for $5 each. 
They were tinted a very pale yellow.  An OOPS! I suppose.  The colour is so pale, even white covers it.



To give the cabinet a clean uniform look, I also painted the sides of the drawers.

Finally, all the wood surfaces received 3 coats of Varathane and the drawers received two coats of paint and one coat of varathane for some added protection.




The slight smear on the right is where I wiped off a drop of rain.


Cute legs

I thought of painting the pulls a darker colour but they match the cute little legs.


Ready to go!


I took her outside to enjoy the lovely November weather 😉

Now to recap the cost of this lovely piece…


I already had the primer, stain, varathane, paints and the wood filler!

Being a real Vintage piece, I think she is



What do you think?  Was it worth the effort?

  34 Responses to “Mid-Century Makeover for a Buck Fifty!”

  1. $1.50!!!! Holy smokes! That title caught my eye at the C.R.A.F.T. party–I had to stop by! Looks great and thanks for sharing!

    I would love it if you stopped by our Facebook page, and said “hello!”

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    ~Cathy Mini

  2. I love mid-century modern when it is updated. The table has great lines and I love what you have done with it. It certainly was a steal.

  3. Great job on the makeover and excellent score! It caught my eye over at the Make It Pretty Monday Party.

  4. What a beautiful upgrade. It really does look new!! I’d love if you’d link up to The DIYers.

  5. Sweet reno on this retro table. I found a similar little cutie curbside last week. Inspired! Pinned:)

  6. Love it! The top came out great!

  7. Looks like $150 now! Love the white drawers. Mid-Century pieces look so good half and half. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment about my little red roll top desk. Enjoying your blog!

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  9. What a steal for a great piece of updated furniture! It looks great!

  10. love this piece, what a steal is right!!

  11. Hi Joan! We received the blogging Liebster award this week and part of the fun is passing it on! We’ve picked Nicer Than New as one of our nominations : ) Read how it works and our questions for you here! Prost!

  12. Neat. Easily better than new.

  13. Oooooo so sleek! Nice job!

  14. You have inspired me to quit overlooking those tired pieces of furniture I find at auctions and Good Will! Sometimes I have a hard time envisioning what they “should” look like under all of their wrinkles.

    Yes, your work was worth it on this piece! *Saw this posted on Roadkill Rescue.

  15. The fact that you got this for so cheap is baffling! It is so gorgeous! I live for this style of furniture, but can never find any at this awesome of a deal!

  16. Amazing make over! Love the top and how this looks! Great job! Thanks for sharing at TTF!

  17. I love mid-century modern! It looks great!

  18. Great makeover! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

  19. This is gorgeous, and much better than new! What a great post on how to refinish veneer furniture. It’s usually so hard to work on. Thank you for posting the how-to. 🙂

  20. Joan, you did an amazing job on her! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the fan favorites today at the Sunday Showcase at The Dedicated House. Here is the link so you can check out your feature. Hope to see your prettiness again tomorrow at Make it Pretty Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  21. I love all mid-century furniture. I also think you did a great job, and the price is ridiculous. Lol

  22. I LOVE it! What a great makeover! And what an even better price! 🙂
    Thanks for sharing this!

    – Brooke –

  23. What a score! You transformed it beautifully… I’m featuring it in this week’s PoPP Spotlight.

  24. Absolutely fabulous job!! Thanks for linking up to Tickled Pink Times Two 🙂


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