A couple weeks ago I showed off a two-toned dresser I just finished painting. When I purchased it, there was also a matching desk that I bought as well. This past week I got around to finishing the desk. I went back and forth deciding whether or not I wanted to refinish the desk in the same style, or do something completely different. In the end, I landed somewhere in the middle.
Here is the before picture. I didn't remember to take the picture until after I had already started on the drawers (bad habit of mine). Similar to the dresser, the desk is solid maple, sturdy and heavy (my back is still reminding me of how heavy it is).
I knew I wanted to paint this desk in a two-toned theme. Several months ago I took an Annie Sloan painting class. During the class, the instructor gave us a list of color combinations that worked well together. One of those combinations was Old Ochre and Old Violet. When I went to the store to pick out colors, once I saw Old Violet I knew this combination was a winner. It just seemed to exude Spring and happiness. Add a dark stained top to that combination, and you've got yourself a pretty spiffy desk!
I used a lot of the same techniques as I did with the dresser...
distressing the edges,
spray painting the handles black,
painting the base Old Ochre,
and of course, staining the top.
I really love the way these two colors look together. In addition, I think the stained top helps to tie in the distressing, showing some wood throughout the entire piece.