So I may need to clarify slightly. I painted this pair of side tables with a photo I took in mind, but the reason I went with this color scheme had more to do with accident than intention.
I had just purchased a fresh can of Annie Sloan's Florence [a bold, bright turquoise], and after a couple failed attempts at opening the can, the lid along with the rest of it flung off and all over this pair of side tables! [paint can FAIL.] So whether I liked it or not, Florence chose these tables!
I took a photo of an old copper structure while I was in London, mostly because I loved its aged turquoise. Copper [think of the Statue of Liberty] oxidizes over time and results in a beautiful green hued patina.
After painting one coat of Florence on the tables, I went over it with two light coats of Graphite.
I used a combination of sandpaper and steel wool to help the base color peek through. Using different distressing techniques gives this pair a naturally worn feel.
It's as if these tables might eventually age to a beautiful coppery turquoise like in my inspiration photo.
I love going with a bold color beneath and something more neutral on top, since it gives a piece of furniture intrigue and interest, without being too overpowering.
This size table also makes a great pair of nightstands, since it's large enough to house a lamp and your other bedside necessities, not to mention having two drawers apiece.