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Painted Peacock Blue Dresser Makeover

Learn how to easily update your old dresser with paint! Painting your bedroom furniture is an easy and inexpensive way to update your space! In this Painted Peacock Blue Dresser Makeover, we'll teach you how to clean and prep, paint and protect your furniture as well as paint your furniture hardware!



Peacock blue is such a wonderful shade. It's warm, regal and it really makes a statement. Peacock blue works nicely with shades of white, silvers, beiges and other vibrant colors like orange and hot pink. If you love the color but couldn't handle it on your wall, painting your furniture peacock blue might just be your thing! 


Adding color is a quick and affordable way to update your space. Painting your existing furnishings is not only budget and eco-friendly, but its a quick fix to updating those outdated pieces. 




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Disclaimer: Country Chic Paint sent us painting products to help complete this furniture project. This post may contain affiliate links to products I love and use everyday. This means that I receive a small commission for purchases that are made through these links. You may read our full disclosure policy for more info.



 
This furniture makeover story begins in a little 'ol town called, New Orleans. ;) Two of the sweetest people made a home there and owned this solid and pretty french provincial bedroom set. 



Every night they would lay in bed and read for a little while before they fell asleep. In the summertime, the sweet husband would snip flowers from their garden, then arrange them in a vase and put them on her nightstand. 



She would bake him cookies and occasionally surprise him with a plate and a glass of cold milk for a late night snack. Those plates of delicious cookies sat right there on top of the left nightstand.





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When it became too much for them to keep up their home, they decided to go on an adventure. They moved to AZ and found a wonderful retirement community to spend the rest of their days in. ;) They love to play checkers and Bridge and they enjoy people. 



It was a little emotional for this hip elderly lady with dangly earings to sell me her bedroom set. I promised her that I would take good care of them. I promised her that I would give them the cutest facelift. We're calling this one The Dixie Bedroom Project.



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Painted Peacock Blue Dresser Makeover

(Some of the links below are affiliate links for your shopping convenience.) 



Painted Dresser Supplies


Country Chic Paint In Aurora
Country Chic Paint Metallic Cream in Belt Buckle
Country Chic Paint Tough Coat


Step by Step Instructions To Paint A Dresser


Step 1: Prep Dresser For Painting


  • Clean Your Furniture: Take a damp rag and wipe down your piece. You want your used piece of furniture to be free from dust, dirt and gunk! 


  • Remove your hardware and put it into a large gallon size Ziplock Baggie. Screws, hardware... everything. That way you have everything in one location when you're ready to put the hardware back on. The last thing you want to do is lose a piece of hardware. Been there, done that! ;)


  • Give your piece a light sanding. I like to use 3M 150 Grit Sandpaper for this step. It comes in large 9 x 11 sheets that you can cut down to any size that you'd like. Vacuum your furniture inside and out. 


  • If you're starting with a piece of furniture that has a high gloss finish or it has a rich cherry or dark finish and you're planning to paint it in a light paint color, use a Primer on your furniture before hand. 




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Step 2: How To Paint and Protect Your Dresser


  • The Dixie Bedroom Collection was refinished in Aurora, a limited edition paint color for Country Chic Paint. Country Chic Paint still offers it under their "Custom Color" option. 


  • Use multiple light coats instead of fewer heavy coats. Do it well and do it right the first time. Don't rush the painting process. It really goes by quickly even if you have to do a few coats. Be sure to let it dry completely for several few hours in-between your paint coats. 






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Step 3: How To Clean Your Furniture Hardware


  • Clean your hardware. I like to use Brasso and a S.O.S. pad. Be sure to wear gloves and follow the instructions on the bottle. I've also soaked my hardware in tomato sauce for 7 hours and that has worked well too!


  • Once you've finished, rinse and make sure that you're hardware is completely dry. Your hardware will have a nice shiny "new" brassy finish. If you like the "new hardware look" you can leave them as is! 


  • For this project, I decided to paint the hardware with a coat of Belt Buckle Metallic Cream. You can also use chalk paint® to paint your furniture and then use a top coat to protect it once it's dry.



Watch how easy it is to apply metallic cream to this set of furniture hardware in our quick demo video:









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This furniture makeover is complete! A hip young gal with no earrings purchased it. She was over the moon excited to bring this into her home. I know my energetic elderly friend would have been so proud. ;)



This refinished bedroom set has spunk. It has shimmer and it has room for new flowers, a late night snack and lots of books for another lifetime to come.




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Are you drawn to turquoise painted furniture? Here are a few more turquoise painted pieces that you'll enjoy! Curious to see what else Metallic Cream can do? Take a peak and check out what it looks like dry brushed on our Refurbished Media Console. This cream is amazing!



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Have a great week, friends!
Carrie || Thirty Eighth Street



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44 comments

  1. I love the story behind this! That is one of my favorite things about refinishing furniture. And the set is gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks, Melanie! I meet the most endearing people on my furniture purchases. :) And a few that are on the "other" spectrum. ;)

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  2. I love the story behind this! That is one of my favorite things about refinishing furniture. And the set is gorgeous!

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  3. These are gorgeous! Love the color! Thank you for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday! Pinning to share :)

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  4. I love the color you choose to do your furniture in. I think that's quite a transformation.

    Thank you for sharing this on the #HomeMattersParty. We hope to see you again next Friday at 12AM EST when we open our doors.

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    1. I think Aurora is one my of favorite colors... the perfect peacock blue! Thanks for stopping by, Crystal!

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  5. Love furniture pieces that come with a history. The furniture is lovely and the color you used only enhanced its beauty. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm.

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  6. No offense to the lovely old couple who had it before but you have taken a beautifully made but uninspiring piece and turned it into a stunner. The color you have chosen is gorgeous but it also contrasts nicely with the hardware which has added dimension with the cream you added. I think you have just sold me on this paint Carrie. Thanks for the sweet inspiration..

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    1. You are the sweetest, Mary! Thank you for sharing our work and for leaving such warm compliments. I think you're really going to love Country Chic Paint! :)

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  7. Carrie, I love your modern take on a French classic. The color of the piece with the color of the hardware are just perfect together. Always happy to have you link up with us on Friday's Furniture Fix! ;o)

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    1. Thanks so much, Lucy! That means a lot coming from YOU! xoxo

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  8. LOVE! Sharing tonight on The Painted Drawer Link Party!

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    1. Suzanne! Thank you! Always an honor to be chosen at The Painted Drawer! Have a great Memorial Day weekend. :)

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  9. Wow! Those came out gorgeous and beautiful story.

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    1. The story is my favorite part. Thank you!

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  10. Loved the end tables and dresser. The color is just mouth watering. Just signed up to receive your blog and can't wait to see what else you have. Great job. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Isn't the color fabulous!? Aurora from Country Chic Paint is one of my favorites! Thanks, Betty!

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  11. That color is incredible! What a great project. Thanks for sharing on Welcome Home Wednesdays!

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  12. Totally crushing on that gorgeous color! ... Featured at Be Inspired this morning. Thanks so much for sharing, Carrie!

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    1. Oh thank you, Sharon! Aurora from Country Chic Paint is one of my favorites!

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  13. What a stunning makeover! I have not tried Country Chic paint but am inspired to do so now! However, I see this is a fairly new post, but I can't seem to find the paint in the color Aurora.... It's just the color I'd like to use to paint a bed for our guest room. Do you have any idea if this color is still available anywhere?

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    1. Aurora was one of Country Chic Paint's limited edition colors for Fall 2015. However, they do take custom orders. I believe you can still request this color. It's one of my favorites! Good luck with your guest room makeover!.. Carrie

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  14. Thank you so much for getting back to me Carrie. I have contacted them directly and am waiting to hear back with my fingers crossed!
    Karen

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    1. You bet, Karen! Country Chic Paint is such a wonderful company, I'm sure that they'll work with you! Take Care!

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  15. I am so in love with this piece. I am custom ordering Aurora from Country Chic today. I have a dresser that I am refinishing. Did you use the metallic cream over the Aurora, or did you use it on the hardware only?

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    1. Yay, Cande! You're going to love it! :) I only used the metallic cream on the hardware for this furniture makeover. I'd love to see your finished project once it's complete! If you decide to post it on Insta, FB or other SM avenues, please tag me! :)

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    2. My paint is due to be delivered today! I plan to get started right away and will def tag you on IG when its complete. I am so excited. Thanks so much for your reply.

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    3. My paint is due to be delivered today! I plan to get started right away and will def tag you on IG when its complete. I am so excited. Thanks so much for your reply.

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  16. Gorgeous! Love the beautiful color on this piece and the beautiful history too.

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    1. I'm glad you liked it! It was a fun makeover. :)

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  17. Absolutely stunning! Hope they bring that color back, want it for my entry hutch and, possibly, my base cabinets too!

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    1. Ashlyn, it is a gorgeous color! You can order it from their custom order menu. It's called Aurora. I bet is would look amazing on your hutch and cabinets!

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  18. Loving this makeover. The color is stunning and perfect for my next project. I see you used the color Aurora. Did you use anything else on top of the color to make it look so rich?

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I used Country Chic Tough Coat.

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  19. The color is amazing! Turned out great. Thank you for linking up to Talk DIY to Me

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  20. OMG! THis is amazing! I see it has a bit of a shimmer. Did you put anything over the paint besides the tough coat? I LOVE this set!! Beautiful job!

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    1. I'm glad you liked it! The shimmer you see is purely from the tough coat and the light flooding in from the window. Nothing else was added. :)

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