Mid-Century Modern Hacks to Transform Your Home

by Alex ThatcherApril 5, 2017

6 Tips That Will Leave You Saying, “Groovy, Baby!”

Mid-century modern is an architectural design style that was popular in the United States from the 1930s through 1965. But, thanks to period television shows like Mad Men and Aquarius and movies like Pulp Fiction, the design style is once again in vogue. As you might expect, the price tag for retro furniture, whether genuine or reproduced, has skyrocketed over the last few years.

The good thing is, you can still transform your home into a groovy pad without the heavy financial toll. All you need to know to add a mid-century modern look to your home is this – mid-century modern bridges the gap between organic and man-made. The design style is simplistic, natural, and easy. Its all simple lines and pure forms.

Want to transform your home into a mid-century modern fab flat? Try these six hacks and you’ll be well on your way.
DIY mid-century modern

Create a Stylish Starburst Mirror

All it takes to add a splash of mid-century modern style to your living room wall is an 8-inch Styrofoam disc, a 7-inch round mirror, and 12-gauge gold wire (and a few other tools and materials). These can be used to create a stylish starburst mirror similar to one you might find in an expensive boutique store. The full directions for this project are available courtesy of Blitsy.

DIY mid-century modern

Build a Cool Mid-Century Modern Nightstand

One of the hallmarks of mid-century modern furniture is the frequent use of “hairpin” legs. These are thin legs which are made from bent metal rods. This is a great project for getting your DIY feet wet because it is pretty easy to do.

All you need to build a nightstand that encapsulates this style is some plywood sheets, four hairpin legs, and screws, nails, and glue. The complete instructions for building this simple, but effective nightstand are available from burkatron.

DIY mid-century modern

Build a Sleek Mid-Century Mod Table

Wood elements are an important part of the mid-century modern design style when it comes to furniture. And, when it comes to side tables, coffee tables, and other living room furniture, tapered wood legs with gold accents rule the day.

While such furniture looks challenging to build, it really isn’t, as you’ll see in this side table tutorial from Sugar & Cloth and this coffee table tutorial from The Wonder Forest.

DIY mid-century modern

Go Thrifting

Why go shopping in expensive boutiques for mid-century modern furniture and accents when you can find a lot of authentic period pieces right in your local thrift stores? Spend the day shopping your local thrift stores and you might come across mid-century modern treasures like plastic and metal chairs, wood bowls and serving platters, wall hangings, and more.

Anything you find can be repainted, cleaned, or fixed up and you’ll pay a much, much more affordable prices for all of your retro décor!

DIY mid-century modern

Bring Nature Inside With a DIY Retro Plant Stand

If you want to bring a splash of green into your home, then a retro plant stand will suit your homes design perfectly. This mid-century modern plant stand from A Beautiful Mess features all of the elements this design style is so well known for, like clean lines, wood accents, and simplicity. And best of all, this plant stand is not just affordable, it’s quick and easy to make.

DIY mid-century modern

Build a Mid-Century Modern Sofa

A mid-century modern sofa is as simplistic as a sofa can get. Instead of ultra-plush seating like you’ll find on modern couches, this type of sofa is more streamlined from top to bottom. As far as DIY projects go, you might find this one a bit more of a challenge than the others listed above, but if you knocked those projects out with relative ease, then you’ll surely be up for the task. Just follow these instructions from Modern Builds and you’ll have the perfect sofa to complete your groovy retro-inspired living room.


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About The Author
Alex Thatcher
Alex is a home staging guru who moonlights as a writer. She loves everything about interior design and loves working in the industry. Alex is an expert in finding what makes people light up when they walk into a room, and has made a living by creating interiors that are unique, warm and inviting. When she isn't arranging flowers or making sure she's found the right loveseat for prospective buyers, she writes about her passion — home design.

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