Finding this small desk turned out to be just the right piece to try the gold dipped technique that I had been drooling over for so long. This makeover was done several years ago but I came across some old pics before I even knew about blogging and thought this was share-worthy. So here is how this project went down!
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How To Paint Amazing GOLD Dipped Furniture For The Win!
I started this project in the usual fashion by cleaning and sanding any areas that are rough. Especially with this piece because of the metallic that I have planned on using. Metallics are not forgiving with a lumpy bumpy finish. It needs to be super smooth for the gold dipped look so I took my time with it.
- Chalk-based paint (I recommend Dixie Belle Paint)
- RUST-OLEUM metallic bright gold Spray
- Top Coat (I recommend Dixie Belle’s top coat)
- painters tape
- paint brush
- 220 grit sandpaper
After painting the desk, I did a bit of distressing to allow the wood to peek through. The look I was going for was worn on the top and new on the bottom.
After taping off the lower portion of the desk, I began by spraying the first coat of the metallic gold on the desk. Immediately I realized I needed extra protection from the overspray. I covered the whole desk in newspaper securing it to the painters’ tape. I don’t spray paint often so this was a good lesson for me. That stuff floated everywhere! Three super light coats later and I had a flawless gold dipped desk. The hardware was also sprayed metallic gold to match.
The trick to a flawless finish is to spray very light coats and allow complete drying between coats. Rushing this process will result in runs in your metallic paint. No Bueno!
Metallic Gold Dipped Furniture makes my heart skip a beat!
You know it’s been a while since these photos were taken. I haven’t staged outside in years! How about that faux wood finish on the garage doors? They still look good after all these years.
I hope you have enjoyed this modern makeover. It was so fun and I’m pretty sure I’ll be doing this one again. Hmm… my desk in my office? I’m thinking yes! Want to see another great metallic finish? CLICK HERE to check out this piece done in Warm Silver! It looks gold to me!
Until the next project…