Learning how to paint metallic furniture is easier than you may think. I can show you how to get a flawless finish on your furniture with a paintbrush with the right paint. Let’s dig in!
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Before The Metallic Paint
What a hot mess! Like most of the makeovers I do, it always amazes me what a little elbow grease and can’t do to these pre-loved pieces.
Gather Your Supplies
Here is a complete supply 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)
- Synthetic Paintbrush
- Finishing Pad
- No Pain Gel Stain Walnut (wood tabletop)
- Gator Hide (topcoat for wood tabletop)
- Rust-Oleum Spray Paint (hammered dark bronze)
Wood Prep Before Painting
Don’t underestimate the value of the prep work before you paint your furniture. I suggest that you start by cleaning the piece well. This can be done with mild soap and water, or if it’s really grimy, use a TSP solution and rinse well. CLICK HERE to learn more about how to prep furniture before painting.
Adding Detail To A Plain Chest
To add a bit of decorative detail, I used Decor Moulds and added the designs across the top 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. I fondly remember smashing that stuff between my fingers as a child.
It’s super easy. Simply press the Paper Clay into the Decor mold and remove it. Instant detailing!
Apply the decor mold designs while they are still damp with wood glue. 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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Before Applying Metallic Paint
Before applying metallic paint to furniture, you will need to choose a paint color similar to the metallic paint color for the base coat. For this makeover, I used one coat of Dried Sage Chalk Mineral Paint. Be sure that you have a good solid base coat of that color before applying this metallic paint.
It’s important to do this next step to ensure you have a smooth finish before applying the metallic paint. I suggest using a Finishing Pad to smooth out any rough areas of the chalk mineral paint (base color coat). You want the surface to be flawless.
You can also use 220 grit sandpaper if you wish. Wipe away any remaining paint dust from buffing and sanding with a clean cloth.
Any lumps or brush markers left over from applying the base coat will stick out like a sore thumb once the metallic paint is applied over it, and you don’t want that.
It’s like painting your fingernails and having that one spec of dust. I think you know what I mean. Here is where your perfectionism needs to kick in. I promise it will be worth it.
First, you will need a high-quality synthetic paintbrush! I can’t emphasize this enough. When working with metallic paints, the paintbrush always matters.
Metallic paints have tiny particles of metal flakes in them. 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.
Steel Magnolia Metallic-Painted Chest
Metallic paint doesn’t cover as well as the typical chalky type of paint. It will take multiple coats for full coverage.
Apply a minimum of three 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 minimize streaking and brush strokes.
Metallic paints have somewhat of a memory; depending on the brushstroke’s direction, the paint 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.
So, what do you think about this plain Jane makeover? Shocker, right? I’m super happy with the results and love how versatile this finish is. I can see this metallic beauty used in many different design styles.
Farmhouse Glam, Modern, Fleamarket Decor, etc. Don’t you just 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