Rachel Mae Smith

Rachel Mae Smith

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Hi I'm Rachel and I live in Portland, Oregon. I love do-able diys and strive to make crafting easy and fun over… read more

Comments - Before and After: Mid-Century Modern Dresser Makeover

Anonymous on Oct 11, 2016:

Destroying such a beautiful vintage piece, what a shame. That wood would have been fabulous well restored and waxed on a teal wall. Stop ruining furniture. If you don't like it the way they are sell it.

Anonymous on Jul 04, 2015:

I am working with a peice of furniture similar to this right now.  This is one example that turned out great!  Love it - the wood accents make the whole shape stand out.

Beth on Oct 17, 2014:

You guys, cut her some slack. It wasn't some pristine piece of solid walnut. It's cheap-o veneer that they mass produced back in the 50's!  And it was it poor shape. Take a closer look at the original post. The problem with veneer is (besides being very thin) even when you strip and sand, the stain doesn't always take well and you end up with a blotchy mess. I've done many mid century wood pieces. So please, before you annihilate someone, at least take the time to inform yourselves on the piece that was done. Imagine someone saying the same thing 50 years from over a piece of Ikea furniture that someone painted! Just sayin'.....

Charlie Ellis on Oct 16, 2014:

I am horrified that such a classic piece of Mid Century beauty was marred this way.

Jeanie on Oct 15, 2014:

It's beautiful ~ just not my taste but everyone likes certain color!  That's why there are so many!

Sharon on Oct 14, 2014:

I love it.  It is a fun piece and as long as you love it and it works in your home, that is all that mattters.

mimimaloo on Oct 14, 2014:

yikes... this is just dreadful.

The paint is poodle pastel and you kept the knob.handles. There is a big difference between 50's style and mid century.

Unless this is for a child's room or nursery, I can't see this item fitting in anywhere.

Strip that piece... lightly sand (220 grit) and brush on Waterlox (sand between 4 to 5 coats) ... buff it to a mirror finish... and see how gorgeous this piece can really get.

Anna on Oct 13, 2014:

Nice job, Nicole. Thanks for sharing. Please don't listen to the negative comments. This beautiful piece is for you in your home and I think you did a lovely job. 

Airstreamingypsy on Oct 11, 2014:

Please, leave mid century furniture alone... there's so much funiture that painting doesn't hurt, but that beautiful piece was ruined.

Anonymous on Oct 11, 2014:

I've restored furniture in much worse condition. If it were my piece, I would have put all that effort into restoration instead. It is not any more difficult to restore something than it is to sand it down and paint it well. That being said, they did a good job painting it but it was much more beautiful before, wood damage and all. I wish the myth could be dispelled that it's easier to sand, fill cracks, prep, and paint than it is to sand, fill cracks, prep, and restain.

Ouijah on Oct 11, 2014:

When I read beautifully restored I thought that the piece was going to look just like new. FYI painting and changing the hardware is not actually called restoring. Some people call it upcycling, which I am not sure I agree with but this is definetly not a restore.

Gabe on Oct 11, 2014:

To those being negative, check out the original post. It's clear they tried to salvage the original wood but there was too much damage.

Alisa on Oct 11, 2014:

I understand that you disagree with the opinions posted saying that this piece should have been "restored" and not "painted" but you don't have to go so far as to delete it. It's a public space. Or are you solely looking for people telling you how great they are/how much they love it? I don't think those people were being rude, either, just stating an opinion that differed with yours. I cannot abide censorship. Grow a thicker skin, especially if you plan on posting on the internet. There are much "ruder" people out there.

Anonymous on Oct 11, 2014:

I don't think it should have been painted. It's high quality wood and it could have been restored. Gorgeous mid century pieces should not be turned in to a DIY project

Anonymous on Oct 11, 2014:

wow! I hope you don't truly believe that this is equivalent to a snuff film, and that those of you who shared strong negative opinions would be kinder face to face. I really think you would. In the end, it's just furniture, and it's not yours. I personally like both before and after. Before, it could be beautiful and unique in the right setting, but I think the after looks more balanced and fits in better with her decor.

meghan on Oct 11, 2014:

It was so beautiful before. Why would this get painted????

Maggie on Oct 11, 2014:


Anonymous on Oct 11, 2014:

Nice ! Bright and quirky.

Karen on Oct 11, 2014:

What a shame to paint such a classic piece of furniture.

K on Oct 11, 2014:

What a shame. At least the legs did not fall victim the painting.

Anonymous on Oct 10, 2014:

i like it!!

Anonymous on Oct 10, 2014:

It was so much better before...

Nicole on Oct 10, 2014:

Thanks for sharing my project Rachel!

Anonymous on Oct 10, 2014:

I agree with Thomas S. That was a beautiful piece before. 

Thomas S on Oct 10, 2014:

Why do people keep painting beautiful wood. Lazy. 

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