My Bamboo is Peacock Blue
July 13, 2011
I have to say thank you to all of you for your suggestions on what color to paint the faux bamboo chest I scored last weekend while out thrifting. Quite frankly, it’s one of those pieces that would look really good in any color, but there were a few comments that coaxed me toward peacock blue.
Ooh, rich bluey-turquoise . . .
Make the gold hardware pop, yes that’s a must!
Yes, me likey colors of the ocean, thanks for reading my mind Andrea.
Amen sister, peacock is da bomb.
So I busted out of my ‘just paint my furniture white’ box I fit so nicely into, and pulled off a bold shade of glossy peacock blue. You saw the faux bamboo chest a few days ago that I dragged home from a thrift store.
Check out this hottie now:
Now that’s what I’m talking about!
I love it, don’t you?
From the start, this find required some minor repairs. First, there was the chipping veneer around the top that I peeled off, then patched with some wood filler.
Now it looks like something you’d pay top dollar for on 1st Dibs (double fist bump to the chest, followed up by peace sign to the crowd):
Paisley print panels in vivid shades of teal, lime green and soft yellow found on sale at Pier One.
The genie lamp was also a Pier One find, on sale and very pretty in brushed nickel, but given a coat of gold leaf spray paint, it plays off those awesome campaign pulls.
Bowl from Marshalls ($3 dolla, holla!), the vintage framed partridge bird patches also found thrifting last weekend, funny how they fit right in, I LOVE them. That vase was on a clearance rack at Michaels for $5 bucks and since I collect white ceramics in all shapes that are priced under $10 I just had to have it. Collecting simple white modern ceramics in all sizes is an addiction of mine because they’re just so darn versatile and look good anywhere from tabletop to bookcase to mantel. Those fat jungle leaf clippings are from my royal empress tree in my backyard, yo.
After all these years of teaching myself how to refinish furniture and working with all sorts of paints and products, I still believe if you choose to spray paint a piece of furniture, you can achieve a really nice look if you follow certain steps.
Here are the ones I followed for this faux bamboo chest:
Remove all hardware and/or hinges. 1) Clean off any debris, fill holes and make repairs (mentioned above, and here); then coat your furniture with a bonding primer; 2) when dry, lightly sand with a fine grit sanding wedge to remove any drips or residue; 3) wipe down any dust with a cloth; 4) freshen the hardware with metallic spray paint (I used ‘Gold Leaf’ by Krylon); 5) apply two light coats of paint with two cans of Rust-Oleum spray paint in ‘Night Tide’ gloss allowing to dry in between coats 6) when dry, wipe down any residue with cloth; 7) apply protective coat to seal and protect.
Tip #1: when spray painting furniture, especially drawer or door fronts, it is best to apply the spray paint when the surface of the door or drawer is facing up, meaning don’t paint where it naturally sits in place. Remove the drawer or door and and lay it down on a painter’s tarp so that the surface you’re about to paint is facing the sky. I find that makes for more even application and reduces the potential for drips.
Tip #2: often with spray paint, along long surfaces especially on furniture you will see a splotchy finish, which I mentioned in this article about spray paint FAQs. This is frustrating because in any light, the color is even, but the finish is not. I’ve grown increasingly bothered by this, which is why I often turn to a safe bet: painting a piece with a roller/brush combo and latex paint. However, there is an appeal to knocking out a quick paint job on a small piece of furniture with a few cans of spray paint, so I’ve been experimenting to get rid of the potential for a splotchy finish. I think I found the solution.
The best way to get rid of a splotchy surface that results along long flat surfaces from spray paint is to coat it with one of these protective brush-on formulas with a cheapo sponge brush. Either one works great (Varathane or Minwax Polycrylic). They are both water based, and they can both be applied to fully cured oil based completely dry spray painted surfaces.
Don’t worry that they look milky in the can, they always dry clear. Choose satin or gloss depending on your preference, and be sure to work with them when the temperature is between 60 and 75 degrees because they dry fast, and even faster in really warm weather.
To appease both myself and my friend JJ, I chose a gloss finish:
And that, my friends, is how this funky faux bamboo chest . . .
. . . turned into this fabulous accent piece.
K8 I hope I’ve convinced you:
I spent $25 on this chest, and $8 bucks on spray paint. By the way, Rust-Oleum’s Night Tide is the perfect shade of peacock blue, I’ve used it here and here in the past and I find it at Lowe’s and Orchard Supply Hardware, but all stores vary their selection.
The rest of the supplies I had on hand, so this is a $33 dollar investment for me and I couldn’t be more thrilled! What I mostly love is the statement in now makes in the guest room. Lesson learned: as tempting and lovely as it is, don’t always play it safe with white, black or gray. Every room needs a pop of color so why not make it a piece of furniture? We should all push ourselves to embrace bold colors to bring personality to our spaces.
Now it’s your turn, so go on. Paint something blue or pink or green or yellow or red. It will make you feel really really good.
Thanks so much to Apartment Therapy for this feature!