Prone to Two-Tone

Prone to Two-Tone
Did you wake up this morning and say to yourself, “Dang, I wish I could see a whole bunch of nice two-toned furniture makeovers today, especially those featuring distressed white paint jobs and with darker, naturally stained tops?” If so, consider yourself lucky! And psychic!

First, Lisa from Recaptured Charm made over this early 20th century Imperial Loyalist hutch. Yeah, those are her words, not mine. Obviously girlfriend knows her stuff. I was planning on rhyming “grime” and “sublime.”

No reason the kiddies should be left out of the fun. Check out this stylin‘ high chair from Katie at A Little Touch of Love, and if you are still thirsty for similar makeovers, spend some time checking out her blog, it’s chock-full of them! (random side note: a reporter in the newspaper spelled it ‘chalk full’ last week and I couldn’t help snorting in disgust. It’s CHOCK-full! Also acceptable: chuck-full. Unacceptable: chalk full. Just so you know).


Rachelle gave some life and light back to this dull desk. I love the seven little drawers across the top, even though they are probably just teasing me and are actually three regular sized drawers! You can see it and more on her blog The Adventures of Burke and Rachelle.


This classic piece had been abused and neglected and was up for grabs at a flea market until Gloria came around. She revived the thirsty wood on top and gave the rest of it a whitewashed look. A lot more details and great pictures to see on her blog Potentially Beautiful.


And finally Lindsay from Country Girl Home did everyone one better, and built her table herself! What a show off! Just kidding, Lindsay! I think it’s fantastic. She just made up the plan herself, went to Lowe’s and bough the wood and built it! If you’d like to try something similar, visit, (formerly Knock-Off Wood), which, if you haven’t heard of, is an amazing site. Tons of plans for furniture that you can build yourself, everything from bookshelves to bunkbeds, and the plans are very easy to follow. (So easy even I can do it!) 




  1. May 12, 2011 / 12:51 AM

    The first one is just to beautiful to look at… I almost cried. GORGEOUS after!!!

  2. May 12, 2011 / 12:59 AM

    Gorgeous! I especially love what Lisa has done to the early 20th century Imperial Loyalist hutch.

  3. May 12, 2011 / 1:02 AM

    Like! Love! All of them! 🙂

  4. May 12, 2011 / 1:09 AM

    How did you know my answer was yes? I have plans to refinish my table with the two-tone look and I’m always looking for more inspiration.

  5. May 12, 2011 / 1:43 AM

    This is so crazy… I have a little piece I’ve been thinking about doing two-toned, so all day it really has been on my mind! Now I have lots of ideas! 🙂

  6. May 12, 2011 / 1:46 AM

    They’re all so gorgeous! I really love the first and last one 🙂

  7. May 12, 2011 / 3:35 AM

    Gorgeous pieces! Especially loving that last one.

  8. May 12, 2011 / 3:36 AM

    I feel your pain – sometimes I have to fight my way through craigslist and all the “rod iron” and dressers with “draws!”

  9. May 12, 2011 / 4:41 AM

    I had to come out of Google Reader to leave you a comment letting you know that your opening paragraph cracked me up!! Loved the rest of the post too:)

  10. May 12, 2011 / 1:14 PM

    LOL You crack me up! That’s EXACTLY how I woke up this morning!
    Thanks for showing the Hutch Lindsey!

  11. May 14, 2011 / 12:03 AM

    wow. I love your before and after pictures. So inspiring.
    I absolutely love that bureaux that Potentially beautiful did. Great job. Don’t you just adore a good before and after? I do.
    thanks for the great post.
    Eileen @ cottage beach house

  12. May 18, 2011 / 5:15 PM

    Oh Lindsey thanks for putting my table on here your the best. I was surprised to see it.

  13. May 18, 2011 / 6:49 PM

    Hey,just wondering if anyone out there has a tutorial on making a cover for a couch? It’s a futon, but not a typical futon w/o arms. Thanks, Jen

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