Before & After: A Midcentury Desk Gets A Fresh New Look


We have been seeing furniture makeovers that utilize white paint everywhere recently. Just last week, we highlighted some of the awesome white-painted midcentury furniture by Christopher White. Today, we’re highlighting another midcentury piece that got a similar treatment. Purchased on craigslist by Meg Caven, this desk had awesome bones, but some details that were a little less than ideal. Meg writes,

[I loved] the  lines and sculpted handles, but not loving the contrast between the Formica top and veneered sides and drawer-fronts.  A little research leads me to believe that the desk is a Johnson Carper.  I sanded, stained, and polyurethaned the drawers, and painted the desk’s body a high-gloss white. Really happy with the way it turned out.

We really do, too! This is another fantastic example of how paint can elevate a beautiful piece of furniture without detracting from its original design. Here, the glossy white acts as a wonderful framing device for the desk’s drawers, highlighting their newly-refinished forms. Check out a few more photos of this beautiful, understated makeover after the jump! —Max





Love it! I absolutely love mid-century furniture. I scored a long dresser for $35 last year for my son and can’t wait to find more.

Vintage Amore


I have a dresser that looks very similar, and had the same idea for! However, I’ve been going back and forth about how I will attempt to sand and stain/paint. Any good tips for working with Formica and veneer?


I hate to say it, but I like the before better. The after is nice as well, but it feels like sacrilege it ruin such a beautiful old desk.