Sometimes, I'll decide to purchase furniture solely based on its hardware. I found the pulls on this pair of side tables particularly striking.
Overtly shiny brass can seem a little gaudy, but these had a similar design to that of campaign dresser hardware. I appreciated that the pull was inset and flush with its faceplate.
Whenever I want to highlight the hardware on a piece of furniture, I make sure to choose a color that strongly contrasts it. In this case, brass reflects a lot of light, and does best when up against darker colors.
I went with a charcoal color, Annie Sloan's Graphite chalk paint. The tables have a classic, masculine shape, with a slight curve at the base of their legs. Graphite was a perfect fit.
I styled one of the tables between my pair of blue velvet wingback chairs [the table height was just right], and just added a couple bright colored books on the lower shelf.
I decided not to distress this set, since I liked how it looked simply sanded with a fine grit paper. It only allows the lovely brass pulls to shine even brighter. As per usual, I placed this pair for sale on Craigslist and in my shop. I know they'll make for a strong, classic presence in the living room or bedroom they ultimately reside in.