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French Provincial with a little edge: Two Toned Dresser

French provincial furniture is so popular right now. Every time I paint a french provincial piece, it sells within just a few days. They're just timeless and traditional. On the other hand, because French provincial can feel a little fussy and antiquated, I like bringing pieces like this dresser to a more rustic place. It's the one style of furniture that I really just love distressed. 

 Typically this style has a lot curves, which come to life when you take a little sand paper to them. 

I kept things neutral using Annie Sloan's classic Old White for the base, since I like how the original wood tones peek through with distressing. 

 I went a little heavier than I usually do with the distressing, just because I was in the mood for a change. 

I also opted to spice things up with a graphite top, since I like the two toned look on occasion. 

This painting and distressing treatment lends itself to different design styles. 

Because it's a classic shape in neutral colors, it can work in any traditional design. 

The extra distressing allows it to work in a more rustic space [think 'rustic luxe']. 

The graphite top reminds me of more industrial pieces, so if you're the person who loves mixing wood tones and metals, this is a great way to soften a space while still keeping it masculine. 

Even though heavily distressed pieces aren't my personal style, I absolutely love this dresser and I'd love to recreate this style again!