Mid Century Modern Makeover – Navy and Gold

Tired of navy blue yet? I can’t get enough of it so apologies, but here goes another one.

This stunning piece was for sale at a thrift shop in a neighbor town. I can’t resist  MCMs, and this dresser was no exception. It was one of the pieces I refinished for the same shop that was selling my pewter dresser, which SOLD today by the way!

This one is a higher ticket, so I guess it may take a while to sell, but I am absolutely in love with it.

My inicial plan was to paint it all in navy blue and nothing else. But when it was ready I thought it was too plain. Something was missing. Of course, this one had no pulls or knobs, which always give a special charm to any background color. I missed the metallic touch, so I finally I decided to do the gold dipped legs and gold trim around the top.

I was pretty happy with the result, though from now on, I will only pick MCMs with pulls.

How I did it:

  • Cleaned, light sanded it and cleaned again.
  • Primed the whole piece with Rustoleum Black primer (spray)
  • Sprayed 3 coats General Finishes Coastal blue
  • Sprayed Rustoleum Bright Cover gold spray to make trim and legs, taping and covering everything else to avoid over spray.
  • Sprayed 3 coats of Minwax polycrylic satin

Let me know what you think!







Thanks for reading!




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It all started in the spring of 2013. I realized how tired I was to see my house entirely decorated with IKEA stuff. Nothing against IKEA, but after 12 years, I just needed some change. I wanted stylish, original furniture, but noticed that everything I liked from retail stores was way out of my budget. Thanks to Google, Youtube, and a couple of amazing blogs, I was able to discover and explore the world of furniture refinishing, and it was the beginning of my addiction. I now spend my days rescuing old, dull, unwanted pieces of furniture to give them a fresh look so they can be displayed, used and loved again for many more years to come. Thanks for stopping by.

16 thoughts on “Mid Century Modern Makeover – Navy and Gold

  1. Love it! So sleek. I love the incorporated handles, and the way the light shines on it makes it quite noticeable! I also love the golden bits. It’s just beautiful. I wouldn’t mind having it myself.


  2. Awed by your style and creative ideas, not to mention not being afraid to try them!! LOVE your navy blue. Thinking to try this on my 1960’s bedroom set that was given to us long ago, but got a bit damaged by water. It’s walnut and has that simplistic style you show here. Navy blue could make me very happy! Thanks so much for sharing your adventures and giving the rest of us the courage to try!



  3. Pat that is one… dare I say it, sexy MCM piece. Look at those curves on the handles. And the gold that is peeking out here and there is just calling to us. You have outdone yourself. Can you tell just how much I love MCM?


  4. Pat,
    My son and I were just talking about investing in a paint sprayer and now I am convinced! Also, I think I have thatt exact dresser in my garage. I have been trying to give it away and no one seems to want it. Now, I am going to paint it just like the beautiful one you did. I will have them begging for it when I am done. Thanks for your post.


  5. I love this color and finish. I have a french provincial dresser I would like to do with this navy color and finish but perhaps with bronze hardware. Do you suggest I change any of the steps for a french provincial piece using same color/paints you used here?


      1. The General Finishes Coastal blue is kind of expensive so was curious about how far does one pint of this paint go? I have 3 dresser I need to do.


      2. Hi Elizabeth, one pint was enough for me to paint this entire dresser. The black primer helped a lot since a lighter base would require more coats of the navy. Depending on the size of your dressers, you may be able to paint all three with one quart. Good luck!


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