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How to Paint Mid Century Furniture with MudPaint

mudpaint furniture paint black midcentury dresser

The clean lines of mid-century Furniture pieces is one reason people can’t get enough of them.  The popularity is enduring and I absolutely love them.  They are stunning and look amazing in any room.  This piece by @perfectlyimperfectfurniture restoration in MudPaint’s Just Black is impressive and it sold quickly.  If you flip furniture and have a chance at mid century pieces, they are top sellers and are great to transform since you don’t have to paint the entire piece.  You want to leave some of the natural wood exposed if possible.  Making over a mid century piece is easy to do with an excellent coverage, smooth finish paint like MudPaint. MudPaint is eco-friendly, LEED-compliant and it’s unique, clay-based formula with natural earthen materials requires little prep work and no waxing for a smooth coat.

Follow these tips:

First, If you are lucky enough to find mid century pieces with intricate wood inlays or the wood salvageable, leave the wood parts unpainted.  You will end up with a stunning piece and still maintain the style.

Second, when selecting a paint color, choose a White, Black, Navy, or Gray.  MudPaint’s Clay Furniture Paint Just Black, Simply White, Catalina, and Charcoal look amazing on mid century modern pieces.

Third, if you aren’t able to leave some of the wood unpainted because of the condition, consider painting the piece a bold color.

Fourth, it’s important that whatever you do, don’t distress a mid century piece!  Mid century style is sleek and elegant.  Distressing is not keeping with the style.

Fifth, A lot of mid century pieces have solid wood frames and drawers, but a plastic wood laminate top.  If your piece has laminate parts, use a primer so that the paint will adhere to the laminate for a smooth finish.

To paint a piece mid century modern style in MudPaint’s Just Black begin by prepping.

Here’s how:

  • Prepping – Make sure you have done a light sanding on the existing surface, just enough to scuff up the surface (180-220 grit sandpaper). If there is an existing coat of paint, make sure MudPaint will adhere to it by doing a small test area. If the surface is too slick or is an oil based surface that paint will not adhere well to there are other options.  You can either sand down the existing surface, strip it or spray a coat of primer.  If a part is laminate, prime it.  We recommend ‘Cover Stain’ primer. Once you have a sanded and or primed the surface, make sure to clean it thoroughly with a wet rag or windex. Make sure to remove any dust in cracks or on any part of the piece. Dust will cause the paint to not adhere well to the surface.
  • Paint – Apply a thin coat of MudPaint’s Just Black with a microfiber roller and then lay off the paint using an angled synthetic brush.  This technique helps create a smooth finish without brush marks.  Work quickly so that the paint doesn’t dry.  Roll on the paint in one area and then, going in strips, lay your brush at an angle and very lightly swipe it across the finish in straight lines.  Rather than rolling the paint on in sections, roll the entire section you’re working on before you start laying off.  Allow to dry.  If a second coat is desired, lightly sand (220-320 grit) between coats and be sure to fully clean the surface of dust with a wet rag before applying a second coat.  Apply the second coat of MudPaint’s Clay Furniture Paint Just Black using the technique above.  Allow to dry.
  • Hemp Oil – Restore the unpainted wood by rubbing in some Hemp Oil.  Hemp oil will brighten up the finish and conceal any minor scratches.
  • Extra Durability – For protection, after the paint is fully dry (about 24 hours) apply a clear finish coat.  If painting several coats, allow to dry several hours between coats of clear coat.  The clear coat is best applied with a brush, with smooth strokes all going the same directions. Apply thin coats and avoid too many back and forth strokes over the same area or streaking can occur. Allow the clear coat to settle to avoid brush marks.