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A Study in Contrasts

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These 2 small tables represent completely different styles but equally demonstrate the effects of chalk paint.  The first one is a demilune table with carved legs that are a variation on lyre-shaped legs.   Demilunes or half-moon tables originated in the 18th century; they are very practical because they don’t take up a lot of space.  Most are half-circle tables that sit flush against the wall but  some have a drop leaf that flips up to form a full table.  They usually have decorative legs although you do see ones that are cabinets or consoles.  My table is mahogany and has interesting legs that are lyre-shaped.  This is what a traditional lyre leg looks like:

from ebay

from ebay

I think the legs on this table are an interpretation of that styleDSC_0002(19) I painted it in AS Old White and the amazing thing is that I only had about an inch of paint left in the can but had enough for 2 coats.  It probably could have used 3 because there are a few spots where the mahogany bled through but because I was going for a distressed look, it really doesn’t matter.  You should put a coat of shellac on mahogany if you want to avoid that problem.

The other table is a 50’s-60’s night stand.  I have a weakness for this style because it may not look great in the original but I love the way it is improved with paint. It went from this to this:                      DSC_0002(18)

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The clean square lines of mid-century modern lend themselves to colour and two-toned effects.  Even the over-the-top knob doesn’t seem out of place.  I also find that 50’s-60’s furniture is very well-made and usually has excellent drawers.  I don’t always find that to be the case in older, antique furniture.  It is painted in AS Old Ochre; the aqua interior is a Provence/ Old Ochre mix.  I love the soft complimentary colours.

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13 thoughts on “A Study in Contrasts

  1. I love how you finished both tables. Usually I would chose the demilune with the lyre front to the mid-century one, but in this case the clean, simple lines are so attractive, I would have to say the 50’s one is my favorite.

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