MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: Help Me Pick a Paint Color for My Dining Table

Your mission, Mr./Mrs. Blog Reader, should you choose to accept it, is to help me select a paint color for my dining table.

Mission Impossible Pick a Paint Color for dining table thumbnail FURNITURE MAKEOVER The Decor Guru

Am I the only one who has immense indecision when trying to pick colors?! That's why I need your help! I have a vacation that starts in one week---what better time to work on my blog and tackle a furniture painting project. Last year, I painted my vintage tanker desk a lovely teal; this year, I will be painting a pedestal table top (a far easier project!). Continue reading after the jump for more info to consider for the color and to check out pics of my adjoining rooms.

I scored this wonderfully retro pedestal table at my local Savers for $13 several months ago. It’s actually my first dining table, because I’ve always rented one-bedroom apartments that didn’t include separate space for a dining room. When I moved into a two-bedroom place, I finally had my official dining room.

Before finding this table, I’d been searching at thrift stores and was unlucky. I was ready to settle for a table at IKEA when I found this one. Very ecstatic was I!

Mission Impossible Pick a Paint Color for dining table The Decor GuruA few things to consider:

*The colors of the surrounding decor and rooms: In the kitchen, I have medium-toned wood cabinets that have a reddish hue. I haven’t yet added colored accessories to the kitchen, but will do so with the same or similar color I use for the table. This will help tie the spaces together.


The best indicator of the colors in these spaces are all found in the distressed poster art I have hanging in the dining area:

DIY distressed wall art with Absinthe poster The Decor GuruSince the floorplan is fairly open, the living room is also visible from the kitchen and dining area. Here, I’m also decorating with a natural, creamy color scheme that includes pops of green and black.

Living Room decor in progress neutral color scheme natural bamboo blinds gray The Decor Guru

*The amount of light in this space: Since it’s in the corner and far from the window, it doesn’t get much natural light. Because of this, the table could be a brighter color because it wouldn’t feel so overwhelming.

*How long I’ll stick with this color: I’m game for almost any color because if I don’t like it, it’s an easy piece to repaint. Plus, I’m really in the mood for something bright that stands out.

Here are the shades I’ve chosen as options, in larger detail.

Mission Impossible Pick a Paint Color for dining table thumbnail FURNITURE MAKEOVER The Decor GuruMission Impossible Pick a Paint Color for dining table thumbnail FURNITURE MAKEOVER The Decor GuruMission Impossible Pick a Paint Color for dining table thumbnail FURNITURE MAKEOVER The Decor GuruWhich color(s) do you think would look best? As always, should you or any other blog readers be caught or killed, the blog moderator will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This blog will self-destruct in 5 seconds. Good luck, Mr./Mrs. Blog Reader.

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13 Comments on MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: Help Me Pick a Paint Color for My Dining Table

  1. Since your decor is so soothing and neutral, I am thinking grey. I spy a blue table in the living room, so maybe teal or even mint. Can you tell I am not a big fan of the bright colors?!
    Good luck!

  2. Hi Angela,
    This is my suggestion. Take your framed artwork with you to the paint store and have them match the green in the picture. I may be wrong but I am guessing you like green. and it would look fantastic on your table.

    Then use the remaining paint to add colour to other items in your home. This will pull the areas together and create cohesion.

    Maybe find some fabric in the same type of green to make some accent pillows for your couch and some kind of fabric decoration for the chairs that go with the table. Maybe a seat cushion or large fabric bows for the back of the chairs.

    That’s all I have for now. Good luck and have fun.

  3. I vote for the third color from the left. The yellow but not so in-your-face yellow. In my opinion you already have enough green with the sun and the poster. 😀

  4. Ooh fun! I’m a fan of the whole middle row (teal especially!) Don’t forget to link up to The DIY’ers. http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-diyers-30.html

  5. I would probably go with the teal or gray, but that’s probably just because I always tend to go with those colors. Haha… Darlene’s suggestion of pulling a color from the artwork is a good idea. I love that print!

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