You may remember that I have been going back and forth about whether to paint or stain this awesome library cabinet that my Grandma found for me (for free). I think I’ve finally decided to stain it, but I’ve been looking at other possibilities as a “backup plan.” I’m in the process of stripping off all of the old finish, which is going to be quite a lengthy process since there are a bazillion bits and pieces that go together to form the whole piece. In the meantime, I was looking up inspiration in case staining doesn’t go well, and came across a look that I am dying to try. I don’t know if I will use this technique on my library cabinet, but I definitely want to try this on something soon.
Here are some inspiration photos of the look I am talking about. I love how they ended up with the best of both worlds, emphasizing the wood grain but still adding a unique twist with paint. I’ve done the stained top look before, but never just stained the drawers (or left them alone, painting only the base).
As far as I’m concerned (and I’m sure I speak for many), Miss Mustard Seed can do no wrong when it comes to refinishing furniture. She used a new color from her milk paint line on this dresser, and hand painted the detail on the drawers. Love it.
This octopus dresser from Brooklyn Limestone is a wild, whimsical example of a two-toned look. Not necessarily something that would go well in my home, but a fun and creative option for a beach house, which is what this particular piece was intended for. This just goes to show you that stepping out of the box can be fun, and hey – it’s just paint. You can always change it later!
What do you think about the two-toned furniture look? Would you try it?