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Painting Midcentury Modern Broyhill Brasilia Dressers

Before and After: Broyhill Brasilia Dressers

Here's a post by CasaSugar Community member CarolynZ from the Vintage Delight group:

I have a slight obsession with the Brasilia by Broyhill line from the 1960s. Both our dining room and bedroom are outfitted with furniture from this line. We were missing nightstands for the bedroom though and I searched obsessively until I found them. At an auction. A state away. Of course the nightstands did not come by themselves, they were part of a lot that included a double dresser with two mirrors and a taller five-drawer chest.

The big question was what to do with these two pieces. Part of me was tempted to sell them, but I knew that the chest wasn't in the best shape — it had a chip in the one drawer as you can see. Also I really didn't want them to fall into the hands of a dealer who would then turn around and jack up the price. We are expecting our 2nd child and hoping to have a shared nursery and were in a storage crunch, of course all of the nursery furniture is white. The thought of painting these pieces was borderline blasphemy. I googled "white walnut furniture" just to see what came up and found a very cool dresser/changing table going for $1600.

With expensive inspiration as my rationale I stripped, primed, sanded and painted the drawers of the dresser and chest.

To see how the painted Brasilia Dressers turned out, continue reading.


While the room is not fully set up yet — I need to line the drawers with nice paper to truly finish the project, so please excuse the box on top of the chest of drawers and crib full of clothes! — I am so happy with how the pieces turned out. I was really nervous about painting these pieces; we have no painted furniture in our house. But the pieces now fit into our nursery and hopefully will be able to transition out of a nursery since they aren't totally white.

Have you painted or purchased any vintage furniture lately? Be sure to post photos and tales in the Vintage Delight group!

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Googieloo Googieloo 3 years
Wow, you did a fabulous job.
adreine adreine 4 years
I think it is really unique one! My daughter and I painted similiar to this one after seeing this.  I have been looking for pull knobs like this one. Where can I find it? Or do you even know what that pull knobs is called? Thanks
retroinAL retroinAL 5 years
It was a big leap of faith to paint the pieces, but I like the look. I think they work nicely with your decor, so what if they are "unrestorable"? Furniture is made to be used, and these pieces will be-that's all that matters!
Matt9 Matt9 5 years
Agree with Travis on this one. What a shame. Its not easy to find the Brasilia line in good condition for reasonable prices. Had you just sold these you probably could have bought something more up your alley that was walnut/wood and then the new owner could have enjoyed the pieces as they were originally designed. But, its just my opinion, I just think painting them did the opposite of what you wanted: It made them look cheap and silly looking.
jaxsprat jaxsprat 6 years
You did a really great job turning those pieces around to fit in with your decor plans.
elynch elynch 6 years
absolutely love it!
cindycjw cindycjw 6 years
Love it! Painting the drawers only takes this furniture to a new level and the drawer pulls really stand out now. Great job!
GenchiDesign GenchiDesign 6 years
Great work! I can't imagine the pain it was to strip and repaint those beautiful pieces, but well worth it!
nancita nancita 6 years
Wow! I can understand your obsession. I love those pieces and what you did with them.
ella1978 ella1978 6 years
Those are amazing casa! Where do you find time to do all these projects? And where do you find room for them all? I'm impressed, as usual ;)
SmeeLikey SmeeLikey 6 years
Really gorgeous! I love how the white makes the detail pop! Nice work!
skigurl skigurl 6 years
that's really cute...and congrats on your baby!! he or she will love that set ;)
Neuroticone Neuroticone 6 years
Love it!
lauren lauren 6 years
I agree, great job!
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 6 years
Those look so great!
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