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. It’s been years since I did this makeover, 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 rough areas. 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 Chalk Mineral Paint)
- RUST-OLEUM metallic bright gold spray
- Top Coat (I recommend Dixie Belle’s topcoats)
- painters tape
- 220 grit sandpaper
After painting the desk, I did a bit of distressing to allow the wood to peek through. I was going for a worn distressed look on the top of the desk and glamorous GOLD dip on the bottom.
After taping off the lower portion of the desk, I began by spraying the first coat of metallic gold on the desk. Immediately I realized I needed extra protection from the overspray. I covered the whole desk with a 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 complete drying between coats for that perfect gold-dipped look. Rushing this process will result in runs in your metallic paint. No Bueno!
Metallic Gold Dipped Furniture
I hope you have enjoyed this snazzy modern makeover. It was fun, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be doing gold-dipped furniture again.
Until the next project… xo, Do