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10 Great Mid-Century Modern Decor DIYs

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By Burkaton

10 Great Mid-Century Modern Decor DIYs

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Mid-century modern decor and furniture are trendy for a reason – the clean lines, distinctive legs, and accents have stood the test of time. If you’re lucky enough to inherit your parents’ old furniture, consider yourself lucky.

Or, if you can’t afford the amazing designer mid-century furniture available in shops, never fear! Check out this list of 10 DIY projects to get you started with a contemporary style on a budget.

A wide range of options are available, from cozy bedroom sets to hip modern accents for your living area. With this do-it-yourself list as a blueprint, you can renovate your space completely and add a touch of Mid-Century Modern decor and flair with these DIY projects.

1.- Midcentury Modern Decor – DIYS Nightstand

I love anything that can be made with a hairpin leg, and it’s such a simple, elegant design that can work in any room of the house. And when it comes to DIY furniture projects, this one is definitely easy enough for even the most novice DIYer.

You only need some plywood, hairpin legs, and glue/nails/screwdriver. Then just follow Burkatron’s comprehensive instructions, and you’ll have your very own mid-century modern furnishings in no time.

I promise it’ll look just like you bought it from a store. But the best part is that you made it yourself!

10 Great Mid-Century Modern Decor DIYs

By Burkaton – click here for the DIY instructions

2.- Mid Century Style Furniture DIY Dresser

Building a dresser from scratch may seem like a daunting task. Still, this quick and easy tutorial will help you create a stunning mid-century modern home modern piece that will add style and storage to your home.

For just $100, you can have a beautiful dresser that is the perfect replica of an expensive original. The key to this project is in the details, so be sure to follow the instructions closely.

With a bit of ingenuity and elbow grease, you’ll have a stunning piece of furniture that will envy your friends and family.

10 Great Mid-Century Modern Decor DIYs

By A Vintage Splendor – Click here for the DIY instructions

3.- DIY Mid Century Modern Desk Wall Unit

I absolutely love the style of this desk wall unit! It’s the perfect mix of mid-century modern and contemporary, and the DIY version would be so easy to recreate. I’m definitely considering giving this DIY project a try sometime soon.

I love how they added mid century modern plant accents next to the desk, bringing the whole look together. If you’re in need of a new desk or bookcase, I would highly recommend giving this project a try. It’s sure to add some serious style to your home office!

10 Great Mid-Century Modern Decor DIYs

By Old Brand New– Click here for the DIY instructions

4.- DIY Mid Century Style Modern Desk

I’m in love with this DIY mid-century modern furniture piece! The style is exactly my favorite, and it looks like it would be so easy to make. I can’t wait to get started on this project and add a touch of elegance to my future home office.

The desk is extremely gorgeous, and the mid-century furniture style has long been one of my favorites. This is exactly the type of desk I’ve been hoping to find for my future home office. I can’t wait to get started on this since it’s so stylish and modern looking.

Plus, it seems like it would be a relatively easy project to complete, which is always a bonus. I can’t wait to see the finished product!

10 Great Mid-Century Modern Decor DIYs

By Remdelaholic – Click here for the DIY instructions

5.- Midcentury Modern Decor DIYS – Authentic Plywood Daybed

I am in love with this guide on making a Mid-Century Modern Daybed from Deeply Southern Home. I can’t believe how beautiful it is and how cheap it was at just $120. The fact that it can be separated is a huge plus in my book.

This piece is the perfect solution because it doesn’t take up much space and can easily be converted into a guest room when needed. Plus, the mid-century furniture style is right up my alley. I can’t wait to get started on this project! 

10 Great Mid-Century Modern Decor DIYs

By Deeply Southern Home – Click here for the DIY instructions

6.- DIY Mid century Style Planters I

As someone who loves surrounding myself with plants, I was ecstatic when I found this Mid-century planter tutorial by Sugar and Cloth. The legs are painted gorgeous gold, which is one of my favorite details. Just make sure to use pet-friendly plants if you have dogs and be aware of which houseplants are toxic to pets. 

I love how creative this DIY is, and I can’t wait to try it out for myself. This will definitely add a touch of style to any room. Thanks, Sugar and Cloth!

10 Great Mid-Century Modern Decor DIYs

By Sugar and Cloth – Click here for the DIY instructions

7.- Mid-century Modern Furnishings – Stand Planters II

To design mid-century modern style furniture, why not try your hand at making some DIY stand planters? This easy and relatively cheap project, featured on Sugar and Cloth, can be finished before the kids get up in the morning.

All you need are some tapered legs (available online and at most hardware shops) and some green plants. You can make stools of varying heights by purchasing a variety of tapered legs.

Simply screw the legs into the base of the plant pot, and voila! You have created one of my favorites mid century style statement pieces for your home. Not to mention, it’s a great way to display your green thumb (or your inability to kill houseplants). So what are you waiting for? Get crafting! 

10 Great Mid-Century Modern Decor DIYs

By A Beautiful Mess – Click here for the DIY instructions

8.- DIY Mid-Century Modern Side Table DIY

Midcentury Modern design is having a moment right now. And it’s no wonder why. These clean-lined, often minimalist pieces can add a welcome bit of retro flair to any room.

If you’re looking to add a touch of Midcentury Modern to your home but don’t want to break the bank, consider this DIY side table from A Beautiful Mess. Constructed from simple plywood and hairpin legs, it’s a project that even novice woodworkers can tackle with ease.

So what are you waiting for? Grab some supplies and get started on this stylish DIY side table today. 

10 Great Mid-Century Modern Decor DIYs

By A Beautiful Mess – Click here for the DIY instructions

9.- DIY Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table

Looking for a way to add a retro-modern touch to your home without replacing your existing furniture? A DIY mid-century modern coffee table might be the perfect solution. If you have pets, make sure to review our article about taking care of your furniture with furry friends around. 

This easy-to-follow and a great tutorial by Jamie Bartlett results in a sleek, stylish table that doesn’t look flimsy or amateurish. Plus, its simple design makes it extremely versatile, allowing it to blend in with almost any type of décor.

Whether you’re an experienced DIYer or a complete novice, this project is sure to add a unique and stylish focal point to your living room or family room. So what are you waiting for? Give it a try today!

10 Great Mid-Century Modern Decor DIYs

By Jamie Barlett – Click here for the DIY instructions

10.- DIY Mid-Century Modern Sunburst Mirror

Mid-century furniture is a popular style that has made a comeback in recent years, and the sunburst mirror is a classic example of this chic aesthetic. Unfortunately, finding an authentic mid-century mirror can be quite costly.

However, DIY-ing your own mirror is a great way to get the look for less. Not to mention, it’s a fun and easy project that anyone can do. The best part is that you can customize the mirror to fit your space perfectly. So if you’re looking for a unique statement piece that won’t break the bank, look no further than the DIY sunburst mirror. 

10 Great Mid-Century Modern Decor DIYs

By Sarah Hearts – Click here for the DIY instructions

Mid-Century Modern Decor DIY – FAQ

Can I find mid-century furniture in a thrift store?

Yes, you can find mid-century furniture in a thrift store. However, it is important to note that furniture from this era can be quite costly. If you are looking for a cheaper option, consider making your own furniture or looking for modern reproductions.

Can I apply an Ikea hack to old furniture to give it a vintage look?

Yes, you can apply an Ikea hack to old furniture to give it a vintage look. However, it is important to note that not all Ikea furniture is suitable for this style. If you are unsure, it is best to consult a professional before proceeding with an Ikea hack.

Are brass pulls considered mid-century modern?

Yes, they are considered mid-century modern. Brass is a popular material used in mid-century furniture, so it is no surprise that brass pulls are also considered to be part of this style.

Which is the most iconic mid-century modern bright color?

There is no one correct answer to this question, as many iconic mid-century modern colors exist. Some popular choices include orange, yellow, and green. It really depends on your personal preference and the overall aesthetic of your home.

Is Palm Springs considered iconic in mid-century modern design?

Yes, Palm Springs is considered iconic in mid-century modern design. 

10 Great Mid-Century Modern Decor DIYs

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M.Arch. Julio Arco
M.Arch. Julio Arco

Bachelor of Architecture - ITESM University
Master of Architecture - McGill University
Architecture in Urban Context Certificate - LDM University
Interior Designer - Havenly
Architecture Professor - ITESM University

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