It seems fitting that I would bring a piece of Mid-Century Modern furniture into my home, since our split level was built during that time, and it’s probably what the original furnishings were in the first place. I had been looking for a long time for a small Mid-Century Modern dresser as entryway storage. I even looked at newer versions at several places, and I hadn’t found anything I loved. I came across this piece on FB marketplace, and it seemed perfect, except when I picked it up, the smoky smell was crazy strong. Luckily, I was able to clean it, and you can see here how I removed the odor.
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The wood ended up being several shades lighter and not as yellow! It was crazy! It’s perfect for our foyer. Because our home is on the cozy side, every piece of furniture in our home has to work hard and have purpose. It’s the perfect piece to hold all of our winter hats and gloves.
We were lucky that also had a glass top on it, it had protected the wood pretty well. There were a few small scratches, but I was able to buff them out for the most part with a high grit sandpaper.
I really liked the handles so I decided to keep them. I’ve thought about cleaning them with a brass cleaner as well, but for now I am going to enjoy the aged patina.
The one draw back to vintage furniture compared to newer dressers such as this one from West Elm of similar size is that they tend to be a little wider. This dresser is almost 19 inches deep compared to around 14 -15 inches on more current ones.
The rest of the dresser has a few dings and scratches, but I don’t mind them. It certainly speaks to it being a vintage piece. The one thing to be careful about with vintage furniture, is some finishes are actually painted on almost like a faux finish and are not the real tone of he base wood. When you start completely removing finishes, you might end up with a surprise underneath.
I really love how the small Mid-century Modern dresser really changes up the entry way. Here’s a peek at what it looked like before so you can see what it looked like before.
The next step is replacing the dresser to the right of the door, for some kind of shoe storage. It has seen better days!