Isn't this great?! I love how much energy the turquoise and magenta bring to the room, and that rug and coffee table make the perfect statement pieces! If the side table were mine, I would actually leave it its current color, since it already ties in so well with the turquoise pillow and accent glassware. I actually love that the table has a vintage look, but I know that look's not for everyone. If she's open to keeping it turquoise (as a means of rounding out the color palette) but doesn't care for the finish, a fresh coat of paint will always do the trick. And because lacquer is my friend, my bet is (almost always) to go glossy. Here are some visuals . . .
These plates are a great color inspiration, and the finish reminds me of the table's current look.
With this kids table from French garden furniture company Fermob, it's easy to see that any table this color would look in her space, especially with a fresh coat of paint. Dagny mentioned that the straw on the table top isn't in great condition, but because I love the texture it adds, I would recommend replacing it with a piece of jute or grasscloth wallpaper. Using a textured paper will not only extend the life of the current look, but the area is so small that ordering a sample would easily cover the space.
If natural wallcoverings aren't your thing, the top could also be covered with a patterned wallpaper . . .
. . . or piece of fabric similar to what Tammy used on her drawers. Whichever covering is selected for the top, I definitely recommend that a piece of glass or acrylic is used to protect the tabletop.
You can usually have glass and/or acrylic cut at Ace Hardware, but if you don't have one in your area, I would suggest calling a smaller, local store to find out if this is a service that they provide (call ahead--don't say I didn't warn you!). It should be relatively inexpensive (under $30), and is certainly worth it to protect your investment.
And if turquoise is not her first choice, my vote would be for steel grey with a lighter wallpaper or fabric on top. I chose grey because while I think a darker piece would look great next to the sofa, charcoal black would be a bit too hard. For me, steel grey is the perfect in-between. I love this inspiration photo, too.
Thanks Dagny for sending in your fabulous table!