The Gilded Peacock – A Layered Paint Look

by | Dec 10, 2015

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I have always loved the colors of a peacock feather!  Over the years I have been asked to imitate this color combo on furniture….and I’ve gone about it several ways.   This layered paint look experiment was by far the easiest of the techniques….AND resulted in the most luxurious finish!  So I decided to share with you….as I am asked the question so often…..”how do you achieve a layered paint look?”.  This is one VERY simple way!

This desk began with a very “orangey-ish” look that I had no doubt would bleed through my colors and cause me problems!  So Julie gave it a quick simple brushed on layer of Shellac

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. Yes, it smells awful and we try NOT to use it often….but I did not want to go with a primer as I had full intentions of sanding through the layers and did not want to expose a white or gray primer.  Here is the before pic:

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BEFORE

I then gave it a quick coat of a highly pigmented blue by Heirloom Traditions Paint called Danube.  And I mean a quick….like slapped on quick!

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One coat of Danube

The next step is to seal this coat of blue so that it is NOT removed when I sand to EXPOSE it….hence the “layering”.  So Danube is now dry and I slapped on a coat of General Finishes Water-Based Top Coat in Satin

I honestly do not EVER wait as long as you are instructed to in between layers….but in this case the vanity sat overnight because real life happens sometimes.  The next day I had a friend visiting and she volunteered to help while I worked on several projects.  She had NO experience with chalk paint….so I thought….what the heck?!  Let’s just throw this at her.  I gave her a can of Tanya and one of my Best Chalk Brushes from HTP and let her go!  She did this at mock speed!  One coat and this vanity was covered!  There was ZERO Danube showing through!  This paint has incredible coverage!  Not to mention she was feeling pretty professional!  Thanks, Donna!  Now let’s watch paint dry!

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Tanya over Danube
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Total Tonya!

It’s time to bring through the under layers.  I began with the drawers.  I  used a 220 grit sanding paper

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wrapped around a sanding block (it’s just a comfortable way for me to hand sand).  I should mention that this paint “wet distresses” beautifully…but that is not the look I wanted here.  And that is another blog post entirely.  So here is a sanding shot:

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Light sanding exposing blue underneath! Yay!

It doesn’t take much at all to exposed the underlayer!  And it is so exciting as it comes through….really y’all…..I get really excited!  So I sanded all 6 drawers and then went after the body!  It all looked just like the above pictures when I was done…..I just forgot to snap a photo.  Mostly because I could not WAIT to start with the colored wax! I had decided to do the the drawers and the top surface in more of a blue while leaving the body in a green tone.   And this is how it went down….beware….lots of pics!

Heavily brushed on a layer of Periwinkle Wax, which is like whipped heaven!!!!! The wax also comes in a spray form, which is pretty amazing too. (NOTE: Periwinkle is no longer available)   I was careful to really load it in the low lying crevices around the details!  That is where it will live forever after I wipe off the excess wax.  Here is how it looks as you cover it in colored wax….

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Brushing on Periwinkle Wax

Once the drawer is fully covered I then wiped off the excess wax with a clean cotton cloth.  It is super easy to remove and really a “no brainer”…so don’t be afraid!

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After wiping off excess wax….so gorgeous!!!!

I can’t even tell you how excited I was with this color combo!!!  Just look at the comparison above…..from the waxed drawers on top to the non-waxed on bottom!!!  Both are pretty….but that Periwinkle Wax just took pretty layered paint to another level!

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All drawers are completed….but missing something…so I had to do it!  Bring on the gold!  ‘Cuz when your UGS are gold sequined…you have permission to make anything GOLD!

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Gold UGS= Gold Trim

My “go-to” gold is from is a Liquid Gold Leaf

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… and it rocks my world almost daily. And maybe makes me a little high…

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I then did this exact same Periwinkle waxing process on the top surface…but again….I forgot to stop for pics.  Probably because at this point I am ONLY thinking about breaking out the Peacock Soft Wax!  I realize that the Peacock Wax is almost the exact hue as the Tanya paint….but knew it would just deepen it ever so slightly and bring out the rich pigment of the green!  So here it goes….

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Peacock Soft Wax….so RICH!
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I brushed this on the entire body making sure to get deep into any grooves so it could settle as an accent.  And then like before….I wiped back the wax with another clean rag!  And then I stood back and fell hard in love…..love at first sight…and it was SO easy!!!!!

Look at that picture up there!!!  It’s like a sunset…but the blue-green version! Look at that layered paint!

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It’s not me, people!  It’s the products!  I promise!!!!  You can achieve this layered look in any color combo you want…just follow my lead! I hope this inspires you to make a layered paint furniture too!

And thank you!  Thank you for your time here with me!  Thank you for your love and comments on our blog and social media!  You inspire me daily…..to try and continue to inspire others!

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XOXO,

Tracey

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19 Comments

  1. Heather

    This is so beautiful, and your post is beautifully written and presented. Thank you for sharing your secret recipe for AWESOME! Can’t wait to experiment with the bold wax colors, and am already in love with Muddy Pond, White Lime and Dark Umber.

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    • traceysfancy

      Thank you so much Heather for taking the time to comment! Your work is amazing! I can only imagine what you could do with your paper art and these bold waxes!!! I see fairies on steroids! Lol! Merry Christmas!!!

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  2. Cyndi Tinsley

    Stunning! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Traci

    Lovely! You do amazing work!

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    • traceysfancy

      Thank you so much! I really appreciate you taking the time to read and comment!
      xoxo, Tracey

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  4. Christina

    I swear by Gardz clear problem surface sealer. I just use it in place of primer when I know I’m going to distress. Never fails me!!!!

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  5. Angelina Figueira

    Olá Tracey
    Obrigada por partilhar o seu maravilhoso trabalho. Como também gosto de trabalhar com tinta de giz adorei a transformação desta peça.
    Angelina

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  6. Tiffany Moore

    I am going to try this! I have all the products saved on my wish list. It will be my first time at doing something voracious rather than a single color. Thank you for the inspiration if it turns out good I will show you!

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    • Tracey Bellion

      I am so happy that you are willing to try this Tiffany! Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions when you start the project! And don’t forget to use my coupon code when you order…..its FANCY…all caps! You’ll get 10% off and that helps with shipping.
      Thanks for stopping by,
      Tracey

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  7. Brandi Widerman

    Oh My GOOOODDDNNNEEESSSS!!! Absolutely fabulous! I love the color combinations. I never (until today) read anyone’s post all the way thru, but you did a great job writing this post! I will order from your site today! I look forward to more of your post & layering tutorials!

    Brandi~

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    • Tracey Bellion

      Thank you sooooo much Brandi! I am so happy to inspire!!! Some of the products have changed since originally painting this piece but there are great replacements that are comparable. Please feel free to email me at tbellion@hotmail.com if you have any questions or need help with deciding what to purchase to get this same look. I am happy to help you!
      Tracey

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  8. cHARDIE

    Hi!
    I just want to know if you used sanding paper, before to sand the the complete furniture?

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    • Tracey Bellion

      No I didn’t. I rarely sand prior to painting.

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  9. Kaitlin Phelps

    Hey! I just came across your post and REALLY want to do it for the shelves in my babies room! We are due in March. However, the waxes aren’t available any more! Any suggestions on how to get the same look?

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    • Tracey Bellion

      Hi Kaitlin,
      You are correct that the jewel tone waxes are no longer available. You can achieve the same look by layering slightly watered down paint. Just use a water based sealer between layers. So when you want to Renae’s the blue…just use the blue paint. I also have a tutorial that shows this process (using all reals but you can use any color paint) in detail. It’s a step by step video that is pretty helpful. Here is the link:
      https://traceysfancy.com/store/Farmhouse-Color-Wash-Furniture-Tutorial-p92776513
      I hope this helps! And congrats on your baby!!!
      Tracey

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  10. Alyce Johnson

    You mentioned that there have been product changes & that the colored waxes are no longer available.
    Could you please give us the exact brands & products you would Now recommend (11/2021) to get the Best, most outrageous “Peacock Feather” finish? Thanks in advance for your time. (I did see & watched the Link to the layers of paint washes. I’m wondering if there are other products or a more direct way to do it instead?) Thanks!

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    • Tracey Bellion

      You can make wax in any color you want! You can use clear wax and tint it to get your bold colors. You could buy the clear wax and tint it with peacock, which is a beautiful blue or mermaid tail which is a wonderful teal color. Hope that answers your question!

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  11. traceysfancy

    Heather….back when I posted my Gilded Peacock Desk post…..you commented….and I told you then that I could only imagine what you would come up with when using your products along with the brightly colored waxes of HTP. I imagined “fairies on steroids”….do you remember?? I was spot on! This table is like a little fairy table!!! It’s so full of color and life and looks as if it’s been sprinkled with fairy gold dust! It’s mesmerizing!!!

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  12. Heather

    Tracey, you fabulous person! You are now officially revealed as a Seer! What else do you see in the future, oh wise one? 🙂

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