A New Colorful Table

by Chris on July 20, 2011

You know I love my neutrals. You know neutrals are my love. You know that I can break out into hives at the thought of too much color. Until now.

So this table has decorated my landing for a couple of years. There’s some color there, right? I love it, but I needed the narrow console to go in the guest bedroom.

console table

Stay with me here. It gets confusing. I took the table above off the landing and put it in the back bedroom. I took the table below (which I had already painted black—it was stained before) and put it in the landing. And it needed some color. Call me crazy.

scrapbook paper styrofoam

Like, really crazy. ‘Cause here it is all pretty and…colorful.

aqua table

It all started with the lamp. I found it on clearance at Marshalls because it had been on the shelf too long. The SAME exact lamp was available for full-price that they had just received. Weird, but I was smitten.

rattan lamp

And then it was the jar. I’ve been wanting one of these since 1973, but I never knew where to put it. Right THERRRR. Perfection.

turquoise table

I was clearly in zany mode when I picked up the giraffe tray, but I had already fallen off my neutral rocker. What was the harm in diving into the crazy world of color just a little deeper? Marshalls for $7.99.

aqua table

While I still love the print, I wouldn’t mind finding something different. We’ll take this little transformation in baby steps. Kind of.

turquoise table

I think my favorite aspect of “going bold” is that it has already served as a conversation piece for two different guests that have come to the front door. It screams, “Hey, look up here!” when they walk in, and they of course look. It’s beauty completely rescinds the fact that a console table just yelled at them.

painted aqua table

**You can see the full tutorial on painting this table here.



Laina July 20, 2011 at 11:13 am

It’s absolutely gorgeous!!

cassie July 20, 2011 at 11:32 am

beautiful! what a happy sight at the top of the stairs- light, fresh, airy…. much better than the brown!

Carol-Anne (Use The Good Dishes!) July 20, 2011 at 11:45 am

Love it! The OCD freak in me had a thought as soon as I saw it from the bottom of the stairs: “You had to paint the bottom really nicely too”! And I see that you did!


Richella at Imparting Grace July 20, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Wow! That IS a big step for a neutral-loving girl–but it’s a step in the right direction, I’d say! Your table is beautiful. It’s eye-catching in the best possible way, especially with that gorgeous art leaning casually on top.

I can’t believe you got that lamp on clearance. I need to get myself to Marshall’s more often! Now, that lamp is YOU for sure–neutral in color, beautiful in texture. But doesn’t it look awesome on that colorful table? Well done!

Kara July 20, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Eeek, I love that lamp and that blue. So pretty.

rychelle July 20, 2011 at 12:24 pm

I LOVE the giraffe plate. LOVE it! It looks great. Color and all!

anonymous July 20, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Just a thought…how about a very large subway art instead of the print….

D July 20, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Love it! I painted the bench on our front porch a similar color. I’m a neutral color girl, too but I refer to our house filled with vanilla walls as “my own personal Shining.” Have fun dipping your toes into colors. :)

marie July 20, 2011 at 1:05 pm

i almost bougtht that same lamp!! however, if i’d found it on clearance, i wouldn’t be saying ALMOST. great table. i been slowly talking myself out of going neutral with everything and spray painted a table a turquoise color last week. let’s just say it’s not nearly as nice as yours. :oX

Rich Girl July 20, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Wow!! Really nice and tasteful combination! Beautiful.

Kathy C. July 20, 2011 at 1:34 pm

WOW!!! Seriously was scrolling through not knowing what to expect and you blew me away! I love the color… it absolutely perfect.. so clean and summery! Ah… LOVE.

Ashley G July 20, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Absolutely love the blue!

Layla July 20, 2011 at 2:44 pm

LOVE that color!!! And that last shot is UH-MA-ZA-ZING!!! :-D


karen@strictlysimplestyle July 20, 2011 at 2:58 pm

I have the same reaction to color in my home. I love it in other people’s homes but when it comes to my own I only need a touch. I love the way the blue pops in that space in your home.

laxsupermom July 20, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Love the color! So pretty! Such a nice infusion of summer. Thanks for sharing.

Debra from Bungalow July 20, 2011 at 4:04 pm

It’s perfect! Love the new pop of color and I am coveting that gorgeous lamp!

melinda July 20, 2011 at 4:17 pm

The transformation on the landing looks great!
You did a super job!


meghan July 20, 2011 at 4:53 pm

That table is mind blowingly gorgeous!

Kayla @ Small Town Life July 20, 2011 at 5:16 pm

I absolutely love the color of your table, it’s so fun!! And loving the lamp and tray!!

Beth@A2Z July 20, 2011 at 5:42 pm

It looks gorgeous! Love the shade of blue.

Shaunna July 20, 2011 at 6:36 pm

It’s GORGEOUS. Love it…miss you, friend! Let’s talk soon!

Diane @ home sweet homemade July 20, 2011 at 7:07 pm

pretty pretty pretty! I wouldn’t mind if your turquoise console struck up a conversation with me, either. It’s so adorable :)

Erin @ His and Hers July 20, 2011 at 7:29 pm

I will chat with your pretty console table any time as long as it yells politely. ;) I’m glad you’re happy with it! You should be! :)

Dorie July 20, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Aaahahaha!! I bought that same lamp and it had me in a frenzy! I moved a dresser from the bedroom into the dining room, which made me move a chair, which meant I had to move a picture etc. etc. etc. Great job on the table! It’s looks fab and finally getting the attention it always deserved!! :)

Tanya Anurag July 20, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Awesome awesome awesome…. you need to play around with colors on a regular basis… you are doing great :)

Jen @ The Decor Scene July 20, 2011 at 8:15 pm

GORGEOUS!!! Love the color and I love everything on it. It had me at “Hello”!!! ;-)

I love the last picture. What a great view when you walk into your home. I love how your spindles are painted white & the top rails have the darker stain. Do you know the name of the color of the stain? I really want to restain our hardwoods and stairs and I just love this combo. Do you have other pictures of your stairs? I would love to show this to my hubby. Thanks and thanks for sharing your new found color table with us. :-)

Kala July 20, 2011 at 11:06 pm

Absolutely stunning! I love what you have done. I, on the other hand, am very, very colorful:) My house is painted in shades of yellow, oranges and reds:):):) Talk about an assault on your senses:)

Amy July 21, 2011 at 12:16 am

Yes! I painted my table almost the exact same color a few months ago….I love it! :)

Christina July 21, 2011 at 1:40 am

Oh wow! It looks fantastic!
Such a great pop of color! Good job!

Shawon July 21, 2011 at 2:34 am

Love it! Beautiful!

becolorful July 21, 2011 at 6:00 am

In two words: Love it.
Actually I have to say I really really really love that color. I loved it so much I pinned that gorgeous picture looking up to the landing on my inspiration board. Do you know what that color is? I would love to know.

Jordan@the2seasons July 21, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Love the color! I couldn’t believe it was the same table I had to keep scrolling up to look at the before to make sure. Just love it.

Kim @ ShopKim July 21, 2011 at 2:15 pm

It looks amazing! I love the bold color at the top of the stairs and how you decorated it too. That glass jar is very cool.

Robin July 22, 2011 at 12:34 am

I’m totally a neutral girl too but I. love. the color of that table. love it. Great job with all of the accessories too!

Stephanie (@junkernewbie) July 22, 2011 at 1:15 am

This is awesome! Love the color – and the giraffe print is wonderful.

thanks for sharing :-)


Upscale Downhome July 22, 2011 at 2:36 am

I love the whole vignette. The basket weave on the lamp is really fun and the blue bottle works so well with the blue you painted the table. What a cheery landing!

Comeca Jones July 22, 2011 at 12:13 pm

I love it !

Carmie of the Single Nester July 22, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Just love the coloring and how you styled it!

It Girl cheat -er July 22, 2011 at 4:57 pm

I love it! so pretty!

Kirsten July 23, 2011 at 7:03 am

I love the color and that tray is so cute!!

HouseTalkN July 23, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Holy Buckets- I love it! I am a white, beige, cream girl myself, so I know what an accomplishment this must feel like! I’m color inspired now!
Super love the view from the door!
Kerry at housetalkn.blogspot.com

Dream Mom July 23, 2011 at 8:02 pm

Love it! It really draws the eye up plus it looks refreshing. I think the lamp picks up the bannister wood which makes everything come together really nice. My favorite part is the giraffe tray…I love it and can only imagine what a cool surprise it would be when someone gets to the landing and spies the tray.

Holly July 24, 2011 at 9:03 pm

LOVE the color! I have painted several things in my house a similar color….one may or may not be my mailbox! :)

Tabitha July 25, 2011 at 12:39 am

I love the color! Marshalls sounds amazing, never been! Can’t wait to see how you painted it!

Jennifer July 26, 2011 at 1:28 pm

I love it! Can’t wait to see your follow up post with the paint color ‘cuz I wanna paint something (anything) in my house that color right now.

seno July 26, 2011 at 2:04 pm

I love the color! So pretty.

classic•casual•home July 29, 2011 at 4:23 am

This looks really fun and elegant. Great job.

Christine July 30, 2011 at 12:23 am

Love it! I really need to bring more blues into my home…its so peaceful!! take care :)

Lora July 30, 2011 at 2:32 am

I love that glass bottle and the color of the table is perfect! I need to make a trip to Marshalls…

Cassie July 30, 2011 at 4:43 am

I’ll take that table! It is stunningly beautiful!

Katherine July 31, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Love it! I’m making over a cart soon with a very similar color. Big Hugs!

Dayle August 1, 2011 at 7:50 pm

I’m loving it.

Tiffany August 3, 2011 at 1:53 am

LOVE this!! Love, love. I can’t wait for the next post. I want to know how to paint furniture, and what paint color that is, it’s beautiful!

Zsa Zsa August 11, 2011 at 1:07 am

Love the color, very eye-catching and refreshing!

Laura at Top This Top That January 1, 2012 at 8:52 am

love that blue . what is the color?

Katherines Corner January 4, 2012 at 10:05 pm

Love it all! You have wonderful taste. I like every piece. Put I am really loving that painting. Hugs! P.S. have you added you blog to my blog list page?

Kim February 3, 2012 at 10:31 am

I have just found your blog via Pinterest…and I love it! You are giving me so many ideas! Do you know what the name of the print is on your table? Thanks!

dawn March 3, 2012 at 4:25 pm

I love how this table and accessories look. The giraffe plate is great, I am going to look for one. Might I suggest standing the giraffe plate so it can be seen from the downstairs front door area.
It’s too good not to show. also, I agree with you, a different print might add to the display.

Rochelle May 14, 2012 at 6:15 pm

It is fabulous!!!!

Jennifer June 6, 2012 at 2:25 pm

I just came across your blog. Amazing!!! Would you mind tell us what color the blue table is? thanks!

Chris June 6, 2012 at 6:07 pm

I wrote it up in the post, Jennifer. Unfortunately, it was a bit of a mix of colors I already had. :( Sorry!

Jill August 16, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Love it. My new favorite color as an accent. I just painted the inside of my kitchen cupboards this aqua blue and the outsides are black. It gives a great pop of color. My husband thought I was nuts and he loves the way they turned out.

I am also a Marshalls clearance shopper. Weird how I always seem to find inspiration on their clearance shelves.

Love your blog!

Laura August 29, 2012 at 3:09 pm

I have this exact table from Pottery Barn….never thought of painting it but yours looks AMAZING. I have a theme of black accents throughout my and and now I have added my color accents to aqua blue, orange, and a spot of fushia. Just love your Blog thanks for all your great ideas and keep up the good work.

Chris August 29, 2012 at 9:04 pm

Thank you so much, Laura! As much as I love black and neutrals, a fun pop of color is like a breath of fresh air, isn’t it? Love those colors!

Beatnik Barn September 24, 2012 at 9:44 am

I adore turquoise! It looks so good :)

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