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 Painting your existing furnishings is not only budget and eco-friendly, but its a quick fix to updating those outdated pieces.
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.
Painted Peacock Blue Dresser Makeover
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Country Chic Paint In Aurora
Country Chic Paint Metallic Cream in Belt Buckle
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How To Prep Furniture 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 Ziploc 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.
Tips For Painting Furniture
- 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 before coats.
- Apply a top coat of your choice after 24 hours. This is important! Let your paint dry and cure before applying your top coat. General Finishes High Performance in Satin will give you a similar result.
Tips For Painting 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:
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.
Are you drawn to turquoise painted furniture? Here are a few more turquoise painted pieces that you might enjoy. Curious to see what else Metallic Cream can do? Take a peak and see what it looks like dry brushed on our Refurbished Media Console. This cream is amazing!
Have a great week, friends!
Carrie || Thirty Eighth Street