I love the look of two-toned furniture, whether it is the popular wood top and painted base or two shades of painted wood. There is something sophisticated looking about pieces that have been painted this way. I have to admit that it is one of the looks that drew me to furniture painting; I have painted a lot of solid pieces but it is the two-toned ones that I get the most pleasure from. A quick look on the internet shows that it is very popular at the moment-take a look at this Pinterest page which shows a lot of examples.
These mahogany end tables which were painted in a lightened Provence with Old White drawers and gilding are one of my most popular pieces. I use one of the pix on my Facebook page and people keep contacting me trying to buy them. The tables were very good quality to begin with but painted, they are beautiful.
Another mahogany piece that I painted was this Art Deco dresser. It was painted in Provence again but this time, I put Aubusson on the edges and a wash all over which gives it the blue colour. The edging and dentil molding were heavily distressed. The dresser had very distinctive brass knobs and handles.
My latest piece is a round end table that came from a Habitat for Humanity ReStore which had been given a shipment of hotel furniture. I painted it in French Linen with Old Ochre on the top as well as some gilding. It was originally dark brown wood and is a nice, solid piece. It was fine that way but is much prettier in this painted combination.
I love grey and off-white as it is quite elegant.