Turtle Green to Turquoise Tint

I hope you all had a great weekend!!  We had a good balance of relaxation and progress on stuff around the house.  We got done one project that I’ve had on my list for awhile now, and started on another one that we’re really excited about! But I’ll get to that one later this week :)

You may recall a green end table (from our previous header image) that lived in our living room for quite some time.  But let’s go back for a second….we originally bought it off Craigslist for $10.  It’s solid wood with some retro character, so I’d say that’s a pretty good deal.

Then I painted it green and hand-painted a little design on top and added a pull.

This was pretty much my second project ever, and at the time I was proud!  But over time, seeing it more and more, the uglier and uglier it got.  :(   BUT as any DIYer knows, sometimes we just don’t get it right the first time.  It’d be cool if we did, but sometimes it just doesn’t turn out how you envision it.  Le sigh….

So when I came across some new end tables for a steal, I didn’t hesitate to buy them, and this little guy was shoved into a dark corner of one of our guest rooms.  He was green with envy.  har har!

I felt bad for him, and still wanted to give him a bright future…a really bright future!  So I decided to do this project over.  I stumbled upon the inspiration for its second makeover here.

A trip to Lowes and $9 later, we came home with a can of metallic gold spray paint and a sample of Valspar’s Turquoise Tint.  After a couple coats of paint, this sweet table really shines!

We thought the drips on the legs were a fun touch. :)


I love the new pop of color!  This would look awesome next to a white couch or in a crisp white bedroom next to a bed with a white duvet.  Can you picture it?!

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I was compensated for this post as a member of Clever Girls Collective. All the opinions expressed here are my own.

What do you think about this table’s new look? Do you like the retro green or the bright blue better?  Or do you think I’m crazy for choosing such bold colors in both makeovers?!!! It’s okay if you say “yes” to that last one hehe ;)

I’m sharing this over at Savvy Southern Style

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58 responses to Turtle Green to Turquoise Tint

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  3. I love the drips! I get the lady with the ‘twitch’….thats normally me…but I could handle this. I have some chairs that need painting and would love to try this. Congrats on the feature!!

  4. You’re being featured today in Crazy for Color party!

  5. Love the drips on the legs – it is a fabulous touch to the perfect little $10 Craigslist find!

    So glad you joined our Color party – pinning this!

  6. You know I love this! Thank you so much for linking up to the party!! :)

  7. Love those legs! Especially those drips of paint!

  8. Oh, love this! The drips are perfect – just subtle enough. And the colour if perfect (it’s my favorite, so I’m biased). Thanks for sharing the link with me!

  9. I am so in love with the teal and gold combo. Super super gorgeous. I NEED to find a place in my house for those colors! And I also recently repainted my first furniture paint project–it was scary. :)

  10. HOLY COW I am SO SO obsessed with this. Like so obsesesd I would like to pay you to wrap it up and send it to me. :) It is so awesome!! And the legs are a fabulous touch! Nice work!!

  11. MARVELLOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE the new color!!! I LOVE the drips on the legs too!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! Don’t forget to swing by this evening.. I can’t wait to see what you link up! :)

  12. I really really like the bright color and agree that it’s an improvement over the green, but honestly, I just can’t get past the drips. I’m a bit OCD and the drips would make me twitchy (is that even a word?…). I would keep obssesing about them not being even, or longer on one leg, or more slanted on another, or a thicker drop on the end of one drip, etc etc etc…. I know, I know, it’s crazy! I do love that it’s been upcycled twice. This little guy must be very happy to have someone who cares enough to rescue him again.
    Lori D.

    • Lori, I’m glad you stopped by! I completely understand! If you’re a straight line, everything symmetrical kind of gal, I bet the drips are driving you nuts! Isn’t it neat that we all have such different design styles?! Have a great day!


  13. You chose a beautiful color for the re-redo! :) Love the touch of the gold legs and the little drips, too… thanks for sharing! p.s. I found you via the Show & Share party at Southern Lovely :)

  14. I liked the green but I LOVE the blue. I’m dying over here!

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  16. Great job! I love the turquoise and the dipped legs look. I really love the shape of the table too. Great find!

  17. I liked it before, but I love it now! The leg details are too cute.

  18. Marian

    Love it! Awesome drips…. how did you do that?

    • Thanks! First we spray painted the legs gold, and then painted the whole piece blue. For the drips we literally just put a whole bunch of blue paint on the paintbrush and held it in one spot on the leg. Gravity did the rest! :)

  19. Love the turquoise and gold! What a fabulous redo! I’m in love with the color! :)

  20. Great color! Drips are a cool touch. The green wasn’t that bad, but the blue is a lot nicer.

  21. omg, i love, love, love the teal!!! and those drips are to die for…the legs are my favorite part!

  22. Wow that is seriously amazing! What a fun color and I love how you paint dripped the legs.

  23. You knowwwwwwwww I love this table! It’s my favorite color! Great job, Whitney! :)

  24. Oh my gosh — LOVE the color, ADORE the drips! What a fun conversation piece, Whitney ~ kudos!!
    xo Heidi

  25. I think it looks great and love the turquoise color. The little drips add so much personality and really give it a retro look.

  26. I love the new look. And am totally cracking up at your looking at the table over and over and seeing it get uglier and uglier. I have done that so many times and end up thinking “how could I have ever thought that looked good?”. Oh well, glad it doesn’t just happen to me. :)

  27. Super cute! love the colour combo. I’m really loving the dipped look lately so I’m very jealous!

    Congrats on a sponsored post too btw!

  28. I saw this on Facebook and was completely impressed! I totally agree about the drips – I thought it was intentional until you said otherwise!

  29. Loving the new color and the gold accent gives it a little bit of something special! Nice!

  30. Whitney…back from Haven and trying to get “back in the groove”….I love the new color and those drips???…what a great, great look…you are so creative! I think you may have started a new trend…!!! and I love the “new look” of your blog….I so need a “facelift”!…Looks wonderful!

  31. I love that shade of turquoise! It looks great – definitely better the second time around. & those drips of paint are a great touch!

  32. I love it! The new colour is fresh and vibrant and the little dipped/dripped legs are so cute!

  33. Wow! Really cool! And I like the legs, it is a fun touch, and the drip is a little twist on the dipped legs, we see all the time now! Good job, Whitney!