How To Paint Metallic Furniture The Easy Way

How To Paint Metallic Furniture The Easy Way
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Learning how to paint metallic furniture is easier than you may think. With the right paint, I can show you how to get a flawless finish on your furniture with a paintbrush. Let’s dig in!

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Before The Metallic Paint

You won't believe what metallic paint will do to wood furniture! Learn how to paint metallic furniture the easy way.


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Adding Detail To A Plain Chest

I created decor moulds to add detail to a plain Jane piece before painting with metallic paint.To add a bit of decorative detail, I used Decor Moulds and added the designs across the front of the chest to create a consistent design and attached them with wood glue. The process is fairly simple. It’s like a play dough consistency. Do you remember that stuff as a child? Press the Paper Clay into the Decor mold and remove it. Instant detailing! Apply the designs while they are still damp. This will allow you to bend and shape them the way you want. You can even bend them around corners. I waited 24 hours before painting them, but I have seen others paint them while they were still damp.


Prepping Before Applying Metallic Paint

Before applying metallic paint to furniture, I chose a similar color for my base coat.Chose a color that is similar to the metallic paint color for the basecoat. For this project, I used one coat of Dried Sage Chalk Mineral Paint. Be sure that you have a good solid base coat of that color. Also, make sure you have a super smooth finish before applying the metallic paint. I suggest using a Finishing Pad to smooth out any rough areas of the chalk mineral paint or any imperfections. You can also use sandpaper if you wish. Any lumps or bumps will stick out like a sore thumb once the metallic paint is applied.

Paintbrushes Matter

Using a quality synthetic paintbrush is the key to beautiful metallic painted furniture.First, you will need a great paintbrush! I can’t emphasize this enough. When working with metallic paints, the paintbrush matters. Metallic paint has tiny particles of metal flakes. That’s what gives it its brilliance. You will want a super smooth finish on your metallic painted furniture, especially if you are working on a flat, smooth wood piece.

Metallic painted furniture for the win!So, let me just say… inspirations come from some of the strangest places. Can you guess my inspiration for this piece? You can CLICK HERE to get a bling cap just like my inspiration.

I never knew I could love metallic painted furniture so much!The metallic paints are not like your typical chalky type paints. They will take more coats for full coverage. Apply 2-3 coats over the base coat. When applying the metallic paint, be mindful to paint in one direction with your paintbrush and use long even strokes on flat surfaces. This will help with the streaking. Metallic paints have somewhat of memory and depending on the direction of the brushstroke, it will hold that pattern. Painting with metallic paint can be tricky, but so worth the effort! The results are stunning and can turn a plain Jane piece into a showpiece.

Steel Magnolia Metallic-Painted Chest

This wood top was refinished with a Gel Stain in Walnut that compliments the beautiful metallic finish on this chest.The wood top was refinished with No Pain Gel Stain in Walnut to complement the metallic paint finish. I never knew wood and metallics would look so good together!

So, what do you think about this plain Jane makeover? Shocker, right? I’m super happy with the results and I love how versatile this finish is. I can see this metallic beauty used in many different design styles. Farmhouse Glam, Modern, Fleamarket Decor, etc.

Love this look? You can see more of my metallic painted furniture by CLICKING HERE! I have one done in GOLD! Would you use metallic paint on your furniture? Share your thoughts with me in the comment section below. I’d love to hear them.

Until the next project…


  • It is absolutely beautiful! I am in love with metallics, always have been! And yes, I would use metallics on any piece of furniture. Thank you for your lovely and informative videos.

  • What a great compliment! Thank you, Denise. It such a simple finish but one that really makes a statement. xo

  • Thank you, Debbie! It’s a great finish and you are so welcome. xo

  • oh nooooo I painted a dresser drawer (just one) with copper, my first time. But I didn’t realize I needed a base coat!!!!! I like the color but you can see the wood grain in the drawer. It is a VERY old piece so should I go back and paint over the copper with a similar color then re-apply? I was not going to patina the copper because I really want that color but I was going to go over the copper with a brown wax to make it a little richer. HELP ME! I see no pics of this certain technique as I knew I probably wouldn’t because I tend to be outside the box.

  • Hi, Terri.

    It will need a base coat of a similar color to get the look you are wanting. Sorry. Just let the paint dry well, give it a good sanding and start over. Live and learn. That’s the way it is with me too. Good luck and blessing to you.

    ps… outside of the box is a good place to be.

    xo, Do

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