For me, the "f" word in design is "faux finish" (okay it's two "f" words, but you get the point). I cringe at faux finish. BUT.. there is one (sort of) example when I think it's okay.
Take a piece of Craigslist furniture, for example. Check out your local Craigslist and you'll notice 99% of the furniture is that yellow-y orange oak. Yuck. Enter this piece from Pottery Barn:
See Mr.Brown poking out from the back? Yup, he's painted. Brown. It's like a neat little trick on the eye - is it a stain? Nope, it's paint. A faux finish, you could say. Brownish black walls are so popular right now, why not bring it onto your furniture?
I'm going to try out this little trick with some Craigslist pieces and pop on some cool new hardware, I think. Something like these:
I'll post pictures if I do tackle this project :)
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