Before & after: the turquoise table

Furniture painting turquoise

It’s time for a new series on tis’ little blog, and it’s about my re-painted furniture and stuff in my new apartment! I could call it turquoise bliss because turquoise is my new favorite colour, but I’m calling it before & after, because I myself looove seeing how old stuff can become new with some simple changes. You know that features in many magazines with a before image and then one afterwards, when everything is re-modeled, styled and finished… This is my version of it:

Furniture painting turquoise
Before and after I painted my new living room table turquoise.

I got this IKEA glass table from my mom’s friend who was moving from a big house and clearing out her attic. She called and inquired about what I needed and I ended up picking up this big glass table before moving. I choose a colour chip in the shop, on a whim, but now I absolutely love it. In the NCS Colour Scale it’s called S 0530-B50G but I think Rachel Aschwell would call it sea-foam blue. It’s very shabby chic, don’t you think?

Furniture painting turquoise

I sanded the wood to make the paint stick better. I was outdoors doing this, in my parents garden, listening to music and trying not to let the paint make drip marks. I had to paint it 3 times, a slow process with all those angels but to me it’s so worth it.

Furniture painting turquoise

I love that I have a great steady table in the exact right colour without having to buy something new! There are so so many tables (and stools, chairs, shelves etc etc) that needs a good home, that someone else don’t “like” any more. Why buy something new if you don’t have to? Why increase the already massive consumption in the world?

Iced coffee at my turquoise table
I think this turquoise table is dreamy. Isn’t it lovely? Will you ever again be able to enjoy your own plain one? Or… hello? Are you already out buying a bucket of paint? :-)

I can’t believe this is my nook. My sweet home. I love this corner of my life, and often when I write blog posts I sit in the sofa with an iced coffee and the laptop on my knee, writing away. Of course the glass table seldom look reveal that it is made by glass, because it is covered with stuff… Right now there is my camera, a pile of magazines, paid bills, my cell phone, diary and random papers. And of course, my art journal:

On my table, pen
My journal and a whole slew of pens spread across the table. I love neat and tidy, I just can’t live like that!

I actually have a whole category on my blog that is called Home Comforts. It is about my love of do it yourself interiour design and re-making on the cheap. It’s been a while since I added to it but this is a start. I hope you’re inspired to do some IKEA-hacking at home too.

I think there will be more turquoise on this blog soon. Until then, take care!

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16 Responses to Before & after: the turquoise table

  1. Marit says:

    I love the altered table Hanna, you turned it into a real beauty! Oh yes, altering ‘the oldies’ is so fulfilling!

  2. Carin says:

    Love it Hanna! And turquoise is such a nice cheery colour to have around…especially now heading into the Swedish winter!

  3. Jacky says:

    What a gorgeous colour, it must make you feel wonderful recycling for your little nook, giving it your own special touch.
    Glass top tables make a wonderful light box too…place a light underneath and voila…every creative person needs a light box at some time.
    Lovely blog and I love your journal pages (although I could not access the link to look at further pages, do I need permission?).
    Thanks for popping by for a visit recently.

    Jacky xox

  4. this is really the most perfectly perfect shade of turquoise i have ever seen! absolutely gorgeous!

  5. Andria says:

    I love “before and after” features, too, and will look forward to seeing more corners of your home. You chose a perfect color for your table, and did a great job making it exactly what you wanted for your space. I agree that we would all be better off if we looked for what we need from among what we already have, instead of rushing to buy new. I don’t always manage to live that way, though!

  6. sukey says:

    i did a similar thing with my dining room table. hope you can see photos on flickr.

  7. Maria says:

    Hej! Mlarfrg r toppen. Dels fr att det piggar upp, och fr att det ger mbler nytt liv, s behver man inte kpa nytt. Finfint med din pigga frg!

  8. Mary says:

    I love this blue!!! Blue’s my favorite color anyway! Hanna…I got carried away and commented on an old post…the button candle holder post…I didn’t notice the date…way cool though!

  9. April Cole says:

    I always get excited over the “before & after” projects!!
    What fun ,enjoy :]
    That blue is so wonderful too.

  10. I LOVE that shade of Turquoise! I reminds me of the great aqua colour that was so prominent in the 50s and 60s.

  11. tally says:

    Good outlook for future Hannah-blog reading. I love turquoise – it is my ever favorite.

  12. Jacqueline says:

    Love this colour! And you are right, why buy something new when you can turn something into your own style and colour!
    I still love my purple painted bench that I use as coffeetable in the living room

    Somewhere in the near future I will have to move, but I still can’t make up my mind about how I want to furnish a new home… :-)

  13. Caatje says:

    I love turquoise and this seems like such a beautiful light version of the color too. Well done!

  14. Elisabet says:

    I love turqoiuse! And I “before – after”!

  15. Chris says:

    Hanna, this is SUCH an improvement. You’re right; it’s so worth it to reuse someone else’s discards. I hardly ever see anything new that I am in love with, but the thrift stores are filled with cool things!

    We have an IKEA pine coffee table that I want to paint. You have inspired me to do a blog post about it when I do!

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