I'm Emily, a lifestyle blogger, designer, and owner of Gathered Mercantile & The Amsden Coffee Club, both located in The Amsden Building in downtown Versailles, Kentucky. In my blog, you'll read about design projects + inspiration, my wardrobe, delicious recipes, and happenings in + around the Amsden. Welcome to Gathered Living- I'm so excited to have you.

Our Fixer Upper: Two-Tone Furniture Makeover

      I have been doing a ton of painting projects over the last couple of weeks and one of my favorite makeovers is this vintage console in our entryway.  My mom found this at an auction and  I loved the unique shape and marble top.  My whole entryway was looking a little "blah" with all the white and blank walls, so I decided painting this piece was a must to introduce some color.  I was inspired by many of the two-tone painting projects I had been seeing and decided to keep some of the original wood in tact.  This style has become very popular lately because it is a perfect way to retain the original character of a vintage piece while still adding a modern touch.  I removed the front doors and decided if I ended up not liking the two-tone look I could just paint them to match the rest of the piece.

      I used Valspar Project Perfect spray-paint (available at Lowe's), which is an all-in-one paint and primer and works perfectly for these vintage woods (even when they have more of a shiny finish on them).  I applied two coats, letting it dry in between, on the entire piece.  The best part was I didn't even have to tape any parts off since the doors could just be removed.  I highly recommend this spray paint as it went on SO smoothly and looks even better than if I had hand-painted it.    

     I love the royal navy tone of this blue and I think it adds the perfect pop of color to the space.  For now I have filled the console with some marble-look lamps that I purchased at the Peddler mall, vintage trophies I found at a garage sale, a little plant, and of course one of my favorite Rewined candles.  I think all the colors and style flows perfectly into the equestrian themed gallery wall I have going up the stairway.   

     I'm still thinking of also painting the big mirror above it (so it stands out more against the white walls), and I definitely need to still fill some of the walls in the downstairs of the entryway too.  I'm also kind of stumped as to what other pieces I could use to fill the very back wall of this entryway (to the right of this console), maybe a bench or settee?  I want this to be a welcoming but functional space and I feel like I am getting a little closer to having it complete every day. Also I'm getting VERY excited to start decorating all these new rooms for fall (and dare I say Christmas!)- you all know my holiday decor is going to be bigger and better than ever!  

     I'd love for your feedback and ideas on how to finish out the rest of my entryway.  Have you ever tried a two-tone painting project?  I think I've found my new favorite way to paint furniture- not to mention that it saves you so much time too!  I've included some of my favorite inspirations for this style of painting at the end of this post.



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