Reviving a Mid Century Media Center

Reviving a Mid Century Media Center –

I’ve been admiring the beautiful wood pieces with Danish oil cases and white painted details. The contrast of light and dark is so striking and really amps up the look.

mid century media center via
I finally found a piece that would fit the look with this media center picked up at an estate sale. It’s a great piece with plenty of function, but that choice of orange stain is beyond me.


 Don’t you love these before pics? The reality of the before all raw & in your face – cobwebs, sticky goop on the interior, and dried soup (?) on the doors. Yep, I’m pretending that’s dried soup ’cause, who knows? (Tip:  gloves are a diyers best friend.)
Here’s the cleaned up version nicely oiled and waxed.

It looks so much better, but the stain is still orange and the piece is lifeless. Add white paint, and here’s the end result:
mid century media center via homeologymodernvintage
I love how the Danish oil brought out the deep wood grain in the walnut case. And the white paint just makes it pop even more.
 mid century media center via homeologymodernvintage
mid century media center via homeologymodernvintage

Bringing it back to life!
An old media center gets an update with Danish oil and white paint | {Home-ology} modern vintage

  • S

    THIS IS SO GORGEOUS SARAH! I would pay a hefty price tag for a piece like this! In fact, I recently bought a slightly larger buffet exactly like this for a client that was over $3,000. Great job girl!

    • Sarah @ {Home-ology} modern vintage

      well thanks so much for the kind words Ms. “S” – makes my heart happy!

  • Cynthia Myers

    I LOVE it!
    You do amazing work. Well done.
    I found a white and wood Mid-Century cabinet last Spring at an Antiques/Collectibles Mall for $40! I felt like I was stealing. But I was SO Happy. Didn’t have to do a thing to it! (I know that I would never have been able to make it as nice as what you have done.)
    :) – Cindi

    • Sarah @ {Home-ology} modern vintage

      oh, cindy, don’t you love it when you can just carry it home & call it a day? and for $40!!! go, girl!

  • Laura from Top This Top That

    What a absolutely beautiful piece. I am featuring in my weekly wow’s on Saturday!

    • Sarah @ {Home-ology} modern vintage

      oh, laura, i’m so honored! you’re too kind include me, & i can’t wait to be a part of it all! 😉