Tuesday, July 12, 2011

First Aqua Experience

Remember back here when I showed you this cute little table I found at my fave thrift?


If you don't remember, that's ok.  I know you were probably so stunned and amazed at my favorite find (Steven Q Urkel) that you couldn't concentrate on all my other great stuff!  The table was only $4.50 and since I didn't spend an arm and a leg I decided to experiment with a color I don't normally go for.  I have been seeing so much great turquoise and aqua furniture and thought it would be fun to try.  I bought a can of Rustoleum's "Aqua" and got to work!

Here she is after the paint was all dry (it's clearly a she, didn't you see those legs?!)....


She was looking a little too clean-cut for me, so I sanded some of the edges to let the original black paint show through for a more distressed look.


Sanding was a definite improvement, but I still wanted to tone down the color a little, so I mixed up a little glaze (I just added some water to the black paint we had left over from the shutters and porch swing).  I used a sponge brush and did a small section at a time, painting and then wiping off.  (I really have no idea if this was the correct way to do anything, but it worked for me!)

The finished product was looking a little "beachy" to me ~ perfect for summer.  I threw on some random summery-type things from around the house ~ a bottle, an old picture of Jon & I at the beach, and I took the bird nest out of the cloche and put in some sand dollars and starfish.  Here's the result...



Yep, the baseboard is half painted.  This is in our upstairs hallway, where we ripped up carpet and still haven't gotten around to finishing up the painting.  Just pretend you don't see it.

I do like how the table turned out and I'm glad I took the aqua plunge.  I'm not sure if it's really me, but at $4.50 and a can of spray paint, I won't feel bad if I decide to change it again in a few months!


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30 comments:

Katie said...

Lovely Angie! That shade of blue is gorgeous..makes me want to spray paint something :)

Allison@FabRehab said...

I love Rustoleum Aqua!! You toned it down beautifully! Great table, great price!

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

Looks gorgeous! LOVE the color! And that table is sooo pretty with those thin little spindly legs!

Natalie said...

Love it!! Great find! I'm a total aqua girl, so this is right up my alley!

The Messy Gal said...

Cute table! What type of paint did you use? It turned out beautifully!

Jamie said...

Beeeautiful color! You did a great job on that. Aqua is awesome. And I love the little treasures you put on top.
Baseboard? What baseboard?? ;0)
You should see my house..."Work in progress" does not even begin to describe it... :0)

meijo's JOY said...

Never seen such a pretty blue..er..never seen such a pretty redo...er...I just can't make up my mind...they are just so pretty together! Love!

Southern Princess said...

It looks great! Everywhere I turn someone is using that same color. I just bought all new dishes in this shade and I am in love! Its a real departure from my usual of browns, whites, blacks and navy. xoxo

Pat said...

I'm just loving all the aqua that's being used in decorating. I have had a small dropleaf table sitting in the shop for over a year. After seeing your table, I think I know now what to do with it. Great job!

Meri @ twofive365 said...

It turned out beautiful! I love me some aqua :)

Mimi said...

I love your table Angie! Thanks for stopping by and your sweet comment on my aqua candlestick. You're right - they really do match!

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

Cute table! It's fabulous in its new color!

sherwin.rachel said...

Maybe this should be transplanted to my basement! ;)

Annie said...

Really cute! I don't know why, but I'm always afraid to sand afterward to distress. I guess I just figure I don't want to undo all of the work I just did painting. But I always love the way it looks when other people do it, so I should get over my fear. :-P

Missy said...

Saw your post on 36th Avenue. Love that table and I so remember having a table like that when I was younger. Great choice of colors.

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Ela@lifeinmypjs.com said...

My favorite color! SHE looks great :)

I would be really honored if you were to link up next week at my Pajama Party!

Http://www.lifeinmypjs.com

-Ela

Katie @ Wildwood Creek said...

The color with the glaze is so beautiful!

Karen G @ It's Still Life said...

I love how it turned out. Definitely a she.

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Love love love what you did with it!!! Perfect color too!

Mandy said...

That is really pretty!
I love that Aqua too! :)

Stephanie @ henry happened said...

Of course, it is totally a She! :) Love the fantastic color!!

Anonymous said...

i am in love with this color. I bought a can of this color spray paint on clearance but have not used it yet. You have inspired me to use it!!

Lindsay @ Apothecary Home said...

This is my FAVORITE color right now! I used it to paint some nightstands in my bedroom! It's just so happy :) Great job!

Julie said...

Very cute update! I'm a big fan of aqua.

A Few Pennies said...

I love the contrast of the aqua against your tan walls! My office/creating space is white/tan painted walls--I think an aqua table is needed now! Thanks for the inspiration; have a great weekend.

Karen @ Goodbyecityhellosuburb said...

Everyone has one sooner or later!

Jenni said...

loving the color! great job!

Ladybird Ln said...

I think your first 'aqua' experience was a success! Thanks for showing off!

Carlee
www.ladybirdln.com

Terri said...

I think your aqua table turned out great Angie!! And, come to think of it, I think I have a very similiar table like that in my attic....hmmmm, what can I transform it into? :)

Kelli @ The Turquoise Piano said...

Love the color! LOVE!

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