Broyhill Saga Premier Mid Century Modern Highboy & Dresser Updated in White and Java Gel Stain

Last summer, we acquired several pieces of Mid Century Modern pieces of furniture.  I have to tell you, it’s not my taste, so I was really stumped on what to do with them.  They sat in our workshop waiting for their turn and I finally decided to knock them out and get them out of our shop.

I have to be honest, it’s very difficult for me to work on pieces when I don’t like the style.  MCM is something that is usually painted a solid color so distressing was not an option.  How fun is that?   The lines are also very straight with very little detail, so it was pretty much torture for me but I plugged away and did my take on that era.

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I started painting the base of the dressers in white but the original finish was leaching through turning everything orange so I stopped and gave each piece two good coats of shellac then painted them Navajo White.  The asymmetry of the drawers drove me bonkers since half had a divider and half did not so I decided to paint the drawers on the right white as well.


I stained the drawers with stars with rich Java stain

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I primed and painted the drawer pulls with a rich metallic.

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These were sealed with two coats of American Paint Company’s Top Coat.  I did four coats on the tops for added protection.  It’s so easy to apply using a sponge; my sister Cathy likes to use rags.  It’s really easy no matter how you apply it, just drippy.  Be sure to have a drop cloth underneath if you’re painting in the house.

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Ironically, I had one other piece of Mid Century Modern furniture dropped off at the same time.

This little blue nightstand disappeared immediately so apparently some people really get into this era.

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This was painted with Peacock blue, glazed with black glaze and then sealed with American Paint Company’s Hard Coat.  I brushed my glaze on with our Viniquities paint brushes.  It does such a nice job at feathering it out and for this piece, I wanted to replicate more of a wood grain look with the glaze.

For the Hard Coat, I prefer to use a sponge or lambs wool.  I’ve been able to create beautiful finishes doing it this way.  When I try to brush it on, it dries too fast for me and I end up overworking it, then I brush over an area that’s half dry and I pull it…  So much easier and faster just to use a sponge, at least it is for me.

Kalei took both pieces to Not So Shabby on his day off where they’re eagerly waiting their new owner.

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Sorry about the lame pictures.  It’s been dark and dreary and cold and stormy the past month.  So looking forward to nicer weather.

So what do you think?  Is MCM your style? 

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2 Replies to “Broyhill Saga Premier Mid Century Modern Highboy & Dresser Updated in White and Java Gel Stain”

  1. I’m with you on MCM but my daughter loves it. The Java looked really dark. I have never used the product. Can you tell me which color you selected for this lovely set. It looks great against the white. I live in Centreville and we are getting covered in snow. Can’t wait to visit your shop and pick up some Top Coat among other things. Love your work. I wish my sister lived in Michigan because we have so much fun working on projects together. You are blessed.

  2. I remember when my parents’ overstuffed sofa went away and a spindly Danish modern sofa replaced it. Ugh. So, I’m not a big fan but my son loves a lot of MCD. That’s consistent with something I read once that claimed taste in furniture skips a generation. So what appealed to your grandma may appeal to you, and you may dislike your parents’ furniture. I saw your link at Silver Pennies Sundays Link Party. Ann Marie @ Iris Abbey

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