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:
I think the legs on this table are an interpretation of that style 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 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.