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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
Here is a complete supplies list of the products that I know like and trust. You can find where to purchase them by clicking on the individual products below.
- Vintage Chest
- White Lightning Furniture Cleaner (prep before painting)
- BOSS (stain blocker)
- Metallic Paint (Steele Magnolia)
- Chalk Mineral Paint (Dried Sage)
- Decor Mould
- Paper Clay (for molds)
- Wood Glue
- Artist Paintbrush (for applying glue to molds)
- Finishing Pad
- No Pain Gel Stain Walnut (wood tabletop)
- Gator Hide (topcoat for wood tabletop)
- Rust-Oleum Spray Paint (hammered dark bronze)
Adding Detail To A Plain Chest
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.
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Prepping Before Applying Metallic Paint
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.
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.
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.
The metallic paints are not like your typical chalky type of 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
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 projects below. And as always I would love to get your feedback and thoughts on the metallic finishes. Drop me a comment below or just let me know you’ve stopped by.
Until the next project… xo, Do