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Micro Makeover: How To Create Your Own Two-Tone Painted Furniture

Get creative and try painting two tone furniture with Dulux's simple step-by-step guide. Read more about this simple, playful effect.


If you’ve got a lot more time on your hands at the moment, and are looking for fun, creative ways to keep busy, why not use the time to complete those DIY jobs you’ve been meaning to get round to?

Perhaps you’ve been wanting to give a tired looking dining chair a new lease of life? Or maybe you fancy upcycling an old chest of drawers? Well now’s the perfect opportunity. We’ve got lots of painted furniture ideas to inspire your next project, starting with the two tone furniture effect.

Here’s more about the trend and how you can turn your fixer-upper into a trend-setter.

Why you should paint your own two tone furniture

Sometimes a fresh lick of paint is all you need to breathe new life into a worn-out piece of furniture. But why not take it one step further?

The two tone furniture is all the rage right now, particularly two tone bedroom furniture. It’s not only sustainable and cost-effective, it’s so simple to achieve – you can master it in a matter of hours (we’ll show you how later on).
Did we mention it also looks incredibly stylish and striking? By introducing the two tone furniture trend into your home, you’ll add both individuality and interest to your interior décor.

What colour scheme should I follow?

When it comes to upcycling your old furniture with the two tone effect, there are no limits to what colours you can use. Contrasting shades work best for an eye-catching colour mash-up. Take this wooden chair for example, we’ve painted the top half in this rich plum colour Russian Velvet 1 and contrasted it with an off-white shade for the bottom half.


You could also stick to a single colour and keep some of the original wood exposed. The thinking behind this is that the wood that’s on show acts as the second tone, like you see here where we’ve only used the striking Rich Black on the chair. All you need to do is cover the wood you want to preserve with masking tape and paint the rest.


Two tone painted chest of drawers ideas

For our step-by-step guide, we’re showing you how to try the two tone effect on a chest of drawers. Wooden furniture is easy to paint, and as you’re freshening up something that’s relatively small, you can put the leftover paint that you have at home to good use. Here we used Copper Blush with cool Crushed Cotton 2.

What you’ll need:

  • Tape measure
  • Masking tape
  • Synthetic bristle brushes
  • Sand paper
  • Dusting brush
  • Dulux Quick Dry Wood Primer
  • Dulux Quick Dry Satinwood in chosen colours

Step-by-step guide:

  1. Apply with the Dulux Quick Dry Wood Primer
  2. Allow to dry (4h max) – depending on the size of your drawers
  3. Lightly sand and remove dust from drawers
  4. Measure to where the two colours will meet, mask it off, apply first colour
  5. Allow the first colour to dry, mask it off, apply the second colour


If you are looking for some more painted furniture inspiration, why not check out:




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