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. 

brenda quote

Ooh, rich bluey-turquoise . . .

monica quote

Make the gold hardware pop, yes that’s a must!

andrea quote

Yes, me likey colors of the ocean, thanks for reading my mind Andrea.

conni quote

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.  faux bamboo chest

Check out this hottie now:

peacock blue faux bamboo chest with curtain

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.

peel veneer wood filler

Next came the broken leg, with a piece of bamboo falling off.  Some wood glue and something heavy on top (two cans of primer) while the glue dried saved the day. minor repair job

 

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):

kates blue bamboo chest

Paisley print panels in vivid shades of teal, lime green and soft yellow found on sale at Pier One.

 

kates gold lamp bird art white bowl vase

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:

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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.

final protective coat

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:

jj quote

 

And that, my friends, is how this funky faux bamboo chest . . .

bamboo before

 

. . . turned into this fabulous accent piece. 

peacock blue painted faux bamboo chest

 

K8 I hope I’ve convinced you:

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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!

 

 

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209 Responses to “My Bamboo is Peacock Blue”

  1. Laura says:

    AMAZING transformation! I love everything about it! You have a very tropical thing going on. It makes me smile!

  2. Rugger says:

    From firewood to fabulous furniture! You are simply the best. Totally unbelievable!!! Well done!

  3. Cindy says:

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, Gor-GEOUS!!!

  4. I love the blue color, it looks great!

  5. Tracie says:

    love love love love it!

  6. Meredith says:

    It is DIVINE! I was hoping you would paint it a shade of blue.

    Just found your blog and look forward to your posts.

  7. This is stunning Kate and so well put together. I have a T.V cabinet that I need to spray and you have inspired me by the choice you have taken on. Thanks also to all of your readers who have great taste too!

  8. Kate says:

    O! M! G! This is beautiful!

  9. jess says:

    Kate, Did you sew your drapes? I have been searching for a fabric in those exact colors. Would you share your source? Love the chest!

  10. Lindsay says:

    Gorgeous! Just Gorgeous! I LOVE the blue, you definitely chose the right color!

  11. RKLewis says:

    Love this color, love the bamboo. But how did you paint the campaign pulls so that they still… pull?

  12. Brandi says:

    You’re a genius…

  13. Jess says:

    Wow!!! This looks AMAZING! I’m totally thrifting it up next week! :)

  14. Charisma says:

    Looks great Kate! I painted my daughters rocking chair in this exact color a few months ago and I love it. It turned a piece of furniture that was dated and out of place in her nursery to something modern and fresh. I’d definitely use this color again.

  15. Becca says:

    What FUN … I’m echoing everyone’s comments when I say that I LOVE the color … you truly made that little ol’ table come alive !!

  16. Twila says:

    LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! Love this project and lovethe color!

    @Helena… Check Ebay for Quilting Fabric.. or Thousands of Bolts…
    http://www.thousandsofbolts.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=category.display&category_ID=2&CFID=8785384&CFTOKEN=77093995

    It’s a starting point and they can coordinate and find the perfect colors for you!
    (if you are a sewer… or know someone who is.)
    Mybe this will help?

  17. This is simply freakin’ fan-tab-u-lous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can you tell I love it?!

  18. Allison says:

    Absolutely stunning, Kate!

  19. Ms. Bright says:

    FAN-FREAKIN’-TASTIC!!!!

    I’m a big fan of the peacock and of the faux ‘boo. Looks stunning in your space and the gold lamp with it-yowza!!

    xo

  20. OMG I LOVE how it turned out! Seriously that’s the perfect color! I am so jealous!

  21. Gorgeous Kate!!! Awesome color choice. Thanks for sharing!!!

  22. Darci says:

    This looks good. Did you really do this in just one day?

  23. Cass says:

    Oh my gosh…it is perfection!

  24. Paintergirl says:

    This is stunning and inspirational. Thanks so much for the information!

  25. Jessica says:

    This turned out amazingly…I so love the gorgeous blue with the asian style of bamboo! Congrats on the fantastic inspirational piece!!!

  26. Kat says:

    Gorgeous! Love it with the drapes!

  27. Andrea says:

    I was so excited when I opened up the page and saw that you had chosen peacock blue and then to have my comment on your page was great! I think it turned out beautifully and I love how the pulls just “POP” now!

  28. Beth says:

    I Love it! It goes so well with your drapes and that birdy print is so perfect with it!

    Yo bamboo is da Bomb!!

  29. Debbie C says:

    This is gorgeous! The blue looks so beautiful with the glam gold handles, like a pricey piece of furniture! Question…did you replace the veneer with another strip of new veneer? How did you use the wood filler?

  30. angela says:

    looks great! did you also paint the inside of the drawers too?

  31. Kristel T.M. says:

    Looks awesome! I’m diggin’ the blue! Thank you for all the tips also, they will be handy when I decide to tackle a desk I have sitting around.

  32. angela says:

    oh and how did you make sure that the edges of the gold hardware stayed crisp (i.e., clean lines) when spraying the drawer blue? thanks!! did you just tape it off with painter’s tape?

  33. CentsationalGirl says:

    Hey Jess, I linked to the window panels in the post, look for it towards the top!

    RKLewis and Angela: the pulls were already gold, or shiny brass. I removed them first, then took them apart, cleaned them and gave them a light dusting of the ‘Gold Leaf’ spray paint. Once dry, I put them back together and reattached them to the painted piece. :)

    Debbie, I did not replace the veneer, it peeled off pretty easily and underneath was just wood that I sanded. Some spots needed filling, but overall, the sanding down to the wood was all it took!

  34. Whoa, whoa, whoa, what a beauty! I know I’m probably the 1,283rd person to tell you that, but seriously, this is awesome. I LOVE the color, it goes so well with the gold. I’m feeling really inspired now! Xo, Katie

  35. Michelle in N. Cal says:

    Gorgeous! I saw this post and headed out to two local thrift shops today to begin my search for a bamboo-ish accent table for my living room and I couldn’t believe my luck when i found the perfect one for $20! I am ecstatic to say the least! Thanks for the inspiration :-)

  36. Debbie says:

    OOOOH AHHHHH! It’s B-yoot-eful. I couldn’t wait to see it! Now I want one to replace my living room end table.

  37. Diana says:

    Stunning!

  38. Sheela says:

    Really beautiful Kate! I’m a fan of gorgeous, bold color. I recently made a coffee table for our living room (from a plan on Ana White’s website), and I painted it a rich eggplant purple. I hand painted some decorative knobs for it a lovely pumpkin color with purple flowers on them, and it provides a beautiful spot of color. Thanks for the in-depth painting information too. It’s not easy to paint something and have it look good. Any tips are very appreciated!

  39. Jillian M says:

    Quoting Rachel Zoe… “I DIE!!” It’s beautiful. Went thrifting today and found absolutely nothing. Sad day. Will try again soon with this as my inspiration!

  40. Brooke says:

    Wow, so glad I came across this today! I’m embarking on my first spray paint journey and have yet to figure out how to fix the blotches it was leaving (esp. with it being black!) but after reading this I went and got the MINWAX protective finish in satin and what do you know… no more splotches! Thanks so much :) The bamboo piece turned out B-E-A-utiful!!

  41. Jess says:

    Thanks Kate! I’ve been staring at the peacock blue all day, I think I need some!

  42. Beautiful – like everything that you do! The curtains go SO well with the table… I LOVE them..

    AND thank you so muchhh about the tip on temperature for poly! We put poly on our recently painted nightstands and I really can see the streaks on the poly finish if the light hits it in a certain way and I wondered why… now I know! We poly’d them outside in the 100 heat. Lesson learned. Thanks!!

  43. Andreea says:

    I love the color!!! It is like a totally different piece of furniture:D..You do such a great work!

  44. momstrueside says:

    AB.SO.LUT.LY Gorgeous!!! Ridiculous vision!!! I think I would have walked right past that piece, maybe, just maybe a second look but that would be it. Qx: How many times a year do you redo each room??? lol I wouldn’t know where to put all these great finds.

  45. So pretty! The color combo you used with the lamp, curtains is just perfect. :)

  46. Candace says:

    Wow!!! That turned out great! I love your tips and tutorials, thanks for sharing with us! I’m about to paint a couple of dressers and I think I will for sure go with the gloss finish too!

  47. vonda says:

    It’s beautiful. I am SO ready to do some great stuff in my craft room with the random peices I have in there right now. But I seem stuck until I figure out what color direction I want to go in that room. I find so much inspiration on your blog!

  48. Love Love Love it! You made such a great choice. Thanks for finding a great shade of peacock blue for me. I have been slacking on painting a small table for our living room. Guess I can’t slack now.

  49. radhika says:

    Love the color!

  50. Jami says:

    Alright Kate, you have insprired me! I nabbed a $35 couch table while hunting at a garage sale this morning. I have my supply list to hit up the Home Depot this afternoon. I am hoping to have created my own Peacock Blue masterpiece by the end of the weekend!

  51. Celeste says:

    This is gorgeous! You go, girl! & Thank you so much for posting where you got the curtains from. I was just going to ask, but when back to re-read and see if you’d mentioned. Love those curtains!

  52. Jena says:

    I’m hoping to finish my bathroom counter and it’s recommended I use this polyurethane stuff. Do you know if it is ok and will last if I’m putting a curling iron on it? Will it melt/burn/mark?

    Jena

  53. Julie says:

    Hi Kate! Thanks for your tips on painting with spray paint! I love how it covers small areas but hate the splotchiness! Do you typically use the Polycrylic on the whole piece or just the splotchy top, for example? Thanks!

  54. Beth says:

    Love the color! Can you tell me what color the bedroom walls are, what color bedspread you have in the room and is the other furniture (dresser, etc.) in the room painted or stained? Thanks!

  55. Darcy says:

    Love what you did with this! I am now completely inspired to start painting my daughters furniture. She has a few black and cherry pieces (they were on sale), but I feel it’s way to dark for a young teenagers room. Guess I’ll be making a trip to Lowe’s. :)

  56. Looks so gorgeous, Kate! That entire vignette looks dreamy!

  57. OMG! LOVE this table, the lamp, the curtains… everything! LOVE it! LOVE’d it so much I had to pin it!!!

  58. Melissa R. says:

    Can’t even describe how much I love this transformation!!! It’s perfect! I even blogged about it :) Great job!!!

  59. Rachel says:

    Where did you get those curtains? I love them. This is just the inspiration I needed. I’ve been trying to figure out what to paint an iron bed, and I think I may have just figured it out.

  60. Now that is a statement girlfriend! Wow,it says, look at me! And the price? Beautiful! I am doing the double fist bump to the chest, followed up by peace sign to the crowd right back at ya!

  61. carol ann says:

    I love the color you used! Thanks for the tips about the polyurethane finish. Great job:)

  62. Sarah says:

    This is so beautiful.

  63. Nancy L. says:

    Amazing transformation! Love it!

  64. Kim says:

    Wow….love it!!

  65. Melissa S says:

    WOW!!! Beautiful- I wish I had somewhere to put a peacock blue chest!

  66. Jeannette says:

    This is the perfect example of what makes your blog so addictive! Thanks for all the inspiration!

  67. andrea says:

    this is just beautiful. while i can’t seem to find these treasures at my local thrift store, i have decided to tackle my own dining room table b/c it has terrible water marks on it. i’m toying with the idea of also using a stencil…. we shall see. thanks for the constant inspiration!

  68. Erin [NonShrinking Violets} says:

    Absolutely love it!

  69. Peggy says:

    OK, I can admit when I am wrong. I thought you should have gone with a classic color but wow! This blue is beautiful – bold but not too crazy – and fits the piece perfectly. You may be starting a new color trend!

  70. Effie says:

    Wow looks a-w-e-s-o-m-e! Great color choice!

  71. Stephanie says:

    Beautiful! Can you tell me what color the walls are? They are beautiful with the blue and the curtains!

  72. Chelsea says:

    I am completely obsessed with bamboo detailing right now. Love your take on it!

  73. CentsationalGirl says:

    Hey Stephanie, the walls are Ben Moore’s Camouflage, same as my kitchen, family and dining room!

    Kate

  74. Lindsay says:

    i was wondering if you can tell me about the curtains, where you got them and how much material do you know to buy

  75. Amy says:

    I am searching and searching for this Night Tide, and can’t find it anywhere! is it a color they still carry? any tips on where to find it?

  76. Kim says:

    That looks great! I have the opposite problem. I always want to paint everything some bright color, usually a shade of blue, and rarely go for neutrals, so sometimes my rooms just seem kind of child-like.

  77. Angela Jennings says:

    What a gorgeous piece!

  78. Bethany Kingma says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this! I just found this dresser on CL and am SO tempted to purchase it! http://grandrapids.craigslist.org/fuo/2526141009.html

  79. AP says:

    I was so inspired by this pretty piece that I used the same colors on a vanity that I was working on. Thanks! http://nailpolishandpaint.wordpress.com/2011/08/08/vintage-vanity/

  80. Amanda says:

    Absolutely stunning :) I featured you on Craft Gossip today http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/peacock-blue-faux-bamboo-chest/

  81. ericka oliver says:

    THIS is DOPE!!!! You are such an inspiration! I have the same dresser, its missing one of the pulls, do you have any idea where I can find one?

    Thanks!!!!

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  83. Kimberly says:

    Wow! I know that peacock blue would be the right choice. Glad you stick with it.

  84. Brenda :D says:

    Love it! What a great color!

  85. Maya Eberhard says:

    You have a gift! I will need to start looking at things with your eyes…and collect more white ceramics :-)

  86. Amy says:

    You are not only incredibly talented but also very inspiring! I am dying to start a DIY project now!!! I was wondering if you could share the paint color on the wall behind the GORGEOUS peacock blue chest? Thank you!!
    Amy

  87. CentsationalGirl says:

    Thanks so much Amy! That color is Ben Moore’s Camouflage, a nice grayish green!
    Kate

  88. This is Glam says:

    I love the Art Deco feel of this dresser! On the DIY To Do list!

    This is Glam
    This is Glam’s Shop

  89. brooke says:

    Loved your tutorial on this, it does look like something PROFESSIONAL!

  90. Sarah L. says:

    Did you make your curtains or buy them? I love the fabric. It is EXACTLY what I am looking for.

  91. Stevie says:

    Love it, such and eye and talent!!

  92. Megan says:

    Incredible transformation! Thanks for sharing!

  93. Virginia says:

    Kate, awesome job! Thanks for including the tips about the protective finish! That’s the part I struggle with most….great tips! Love this makeover! I’m like you and usually opt to ‘paint it white!’, so I love this idea to break away from the norm! Well done!
    ~ Virginia @livelovediy.com

  94. Justine says:

    Love this look, especially the color. And the fact that it cost you a mere $33 buckaroos! I featured this chest on my blog today too, were on a mission to find the perfect chest for a makeover as we speak.

    Justine

  95. Jessica says:

    I am spray painting a dresser and I keep getting lines that are darker in some spots and lighter in others. Its hardly noticeable now but its still bugging me…any tips?

  96. CentsationalGirl says:

    Hi Jessica, like I mentioned sometimes spray paint can get splotchy across larger surfaces – try the protective coat method I mentioned, that just might even out the differences.
    Kate

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  98. Rebecca says:

    I love this blue color! I’ve been searching for awhile and can’t seem to find it (even on the RustOleum website). Do you think it could be called by a different name? Where did you purchase it?

  99. CentsationalGirl says:

    Hi Rebecca, it’s from their Gloss collection in a white can – look for it in a different section than the standard 2X coverage spray paints.
    Kate

  100. Leslie says:

    I love, love, love the Blue Bamboo chest! Absolutely gorgeous! You have such an amazing vision!

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