Mid-Century Mod Inspired DIY Furniture Hack
As I child I grew up being smitten with the glamor and uniqueness of the 1940’s through the 1960’s. From the amazing movies and musicals to Elvis Presley to fashion to interior design and architecture. With really no coaxing from friends or family I’ve always just been drawn to those eras.
Other than some small home accessories I haven’t brought much mid century decor into my home; until now.
One thing that if you know me personally is that I LOVE a good DIY. I have painted, stripped, constructed, deconstructed, and done my fair share of antiquing/ distressing furniture. Refurbishing and giving old furniture new life comes quite easy for me and I love to do it. Recently I have been dedicating my time and creativity to creating new recipes, but a few weeks ago I found myself journaling and asking the universe for some help in the creativity department and wouldn’t you know it but 2 days later I get the idea to redo a cheap cube storage piece that we have had in our house for many years. This piece has has always been strictly a storage unit and never really looked at for it’s beauty.
My vision for this piece was to turn it into a present day take on a mid century inspired piece. My idea was to remove the current feet, buy some pine boards, wrap the entire unit in the stained pine, paint the face of it and finally add some tapered and angled mid century legs. The following was the process.
I used a lighter than expected stain color. I don’t usually go for the light stains but this color just felt right,
Here is the link to the stain I used Rust-Oleum 262021 1/2 Pint Varathane Fast Dry Wood Stain, Golden Oak
I spray painted the piece in a Charcoal colored Chalk Spray Paint.
Here is a link to the spray paint Rust-Oleum 302590 Chalked Spray Paint, 12 oz, Charcoal/Gray
I ordered the legs and angled attachment plates from amazon. The legs had silver cuffs at the bottom that I decided to spray paint in a Metallic Gold.
Here is a link to the 6 inch mid century inspired tapered legs Waddell 2506 Taper Round Leg, 6-Inch
Here is a link to the angled attachment plates I used Waddell Angle Top Hardware Plate, 2752A
Here is a link to the Metallic Gold Spry Paint I used Valspar 465-66009 SP 12 oz Gold Brilliant Metal Spray Paint
Once the wood was stained my husband who owns Red Beard’s Handy Man and Home Services helped me cut and attach all the pieces to the top and sides of the piece and attach the legs. We started by attaching the bottom piece first that we could screw right into the piece without having to worry about the screws showing. We then moved to the side pieces that we screwed through from the inside of the piece so there are no visible screws on the outside of the piece. For the top we also screwed the top on from the inside of the piece. No visible screws from the outside of the piece. WOOHOO!!
We then attached the legs about 6 inches from the outside of the piece So the angles kept the foot of the legs all under the piece without it sitting wider than the piece itself.
Once it was all put together we used a foam roller to apply a coat of a water based Polycrylic Protective Finish on it in a Clear Matte sheen. I applied 2 coats and it came out great. Be aware that the harder you press down with the foam roller the more small bubbles it will leave so try to be gentle with it.
Here is a link to the one it used Minwax 222224444 Polycrylic Protective Finish Water Based, 1/2 pint, Matte
And that’s it! It was a pretty easy project with a whole lot of bang for my buck. So here is a reminder of what the piece looked like before.
Are you ready for it? Here is what it looked like after.