Years ago I decided a soft blue and pale yellow bedroom would give me a feeling of the french countryside. I painted the walls a soft yellow and did a metallic finish in an icy blue on the accent wall. I found a wallpaper border that I loved (borders were the “it” thing then) and went to town. I loved the colour scheme and kept the border through another makeover where I painted the rest of the walls soft blue. It was starting to look old and tired and it was time for a change. The dark pine bedroom suite (circa 1984) needed to be brought into this century. The bedroom suite originally had a heavy cannonball bed (which we ditched when we decided to go to a King sized bed), and the triple dresser was weighed down with a very heavy looking hutch (all the rage in the 80’s I assure you).
I decided on a “peacock” inspired bedroom as I love all the shades of aqua, turquoise and teal and I wanted gold accents (since the frame around my closet is gold and I didn’t want to paint it or change it out) and I have always found aqua and gold a beautiful combination. The next step was trying to cajole my husband into wanting a turquoise bedroom…it’s just a shade of blue after all! I decided to start with the furniture. I removed all the hardware, cleaned and lightly sanded all the pieces and then custom mixed a colour that I thought was just masculine enough for my husband to like. I bought a couple of pieces of moulding to add on to the front of his armoire and my triple dresser to add some interest. I just glued these on with wood glue. I used Fusion Mineral Paint which is a brand I just love. It is a low prep paint like chalk paint, but also has a built in topcoat. I bought the colour Renfrew Blue but when I started applying it, it seemed too green for my liking. I then purchased a pint of Liberty Blue and mixed the colours half and half and I loved the custom colour. I applied it to all of the pieces and then made my own black glaze. I made this with a clear glaze I had purchased at Home Depot and a can of black “oops” paint. I believe the ratio I used was about 1/3 paint to 2/3 glaze. I brushed this over the teal paint and after letting it sit for just a minute or two, wiped it back with a slightly dampened lint free cloth. I did the glaze in sections (one side of a piece of furniture at a time) to give myself enough working time. The black glaze settled into all the nooks and crannies of the piece to give it a nice antiqued look. It also looks a little like graining on the piece. I soaked the hardware for a while and then took a Scotchbrite scrubby to it lightly which brightened it up. I had purchased a stencil from Royal Design Studio that I had used in my laundry room makeover (future post to come) that I decided would make the top of the triple dresser pop. I would not be putting the hutch back on, so I decided it needed something. I had some Royal Design Stencil Creme in the colours “Peacock Fancy”, “Antique Gold” and “Patina Green” that I thought would be perfect. I used a stencil brush and just dabbed the colours on randomly.
Next it was on to the walls. I had purchased some aqua paint, but when I started to put it on the walls, it was darker than I wanted so I mixed it with some leftover white I had (of the same sheen). I enlisted my daughters help for painting three of the walls (You can see the darker aqua in the corner where I had previously cut in and she is applying the lighter version of the aqua) and I started working on the accent wall myself.
I had used a product in the past called Lusterstone that I just love. It is a metallic plaster that is troweled onto the walls in layers and the the amount of pressure (and angle of the trowel) determines the highs/lows and matte/shiny areas. I troweled on 2 different colours at the same time (putting some of each colour on my trowel together). The colours I used were “Peacock” and “Azure”. It is a dramatic look and just what I was looking for with my Peacock theme.
After the walls and furniture were all painted I got to work on some finishing touches. I found a mirror we had bought for another room (but never used) and installed it over my triple dresser. It is a mosaic-look aqua and I thought it fit the room well. I found two beautiful peacock prints (Zazzle.com) and found inexpensive poster sized frames for them at Walmart. The frames were a black plastic, so I custom mixed a chalk paint colour and painted them, and then mixed some clear wax with a white pearl paint to apply over the paint. I found a teal and gold fractal picture I loved (on Deviantart.com) and purchased a copy from the artist. I had an old frame that I spray painted gold for that print. I also used the gold spray paint on some old jewelry boxes (mine and my mothers) and painted a third in one of the stencil paints (metallic Peacock Fancy). I found some gorgeous drapery panels at Giant Tiger and bought enough for my windows and extras to make a bedskirt to match. I ordered turquoise fabric and made a duvet cover (which I have since switched out for gold because there was just too much turquoise going on in the room). I was a little stumped about what I wanted to do for a headboard. I am still tossing around the idea of making one, but in the meantime I decided to make some inexpensive art for that wall. I had some wood cut into 12″ X12″ at my local lumber shop and spray painted all the edges gold when I got home. I found some beautiful scrapbook paper at Michael’s and bought several pieces that would coordinate with my room. I applied the scrapbook paper with Mod Podge and put hanging hardware on the back of all the wood pieces. My bedside lamps had pretty frosted glass shades, but were silver. I used a combination of chalk paint and gold Rub n’ Buff to make them fit in with my colour scheme. I love spending time in my peacock room and it is just the right combination of elegant and peaceful for my taste.
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