Details, details and more details! I landed this jewel when I purchased a storage container full of furniture a few months ago. All those details had me everywhere trying to decide on a finish and the perfect look. While I wasn’t attracted to its ornateness, I knew it needed a finish that would bring out the character of the piece. Just look at those handles! I love the look that the metallic painted furniture gives these detailed pieces can handle the BLING!
My plan for this makeover was to use metallic paint from Modern Masters. I have used their metallic paints many times in the past and it’s one of my favorites. I love that they carry a variety of metallic paint colors/metal effect finishes. If you want a dramatic finish on your furniture, the metallics will not disappoint.
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Champagne Metallic Painted Furniture
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- Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 water-based primer
- Modern Masters Shimmer Metallic Paint Collection (Champagne) Satin sheen
- a REALLY good paintbrush
- 4 inch /1/4 inch nap roller
- MasterClear Protective Clear Topcoat
- plastic grocery store bags
- Rustoleum Metallic Gold Spray Paint
Metallic Painted Furniture Prep
I began with proper cleaning and a light sanding with a 220 grit sandpaper on the piece of furniture. Use a damp cotton cloth to remove any dust left over before the next step.
The primer I had on hand was gray. Most primers come in gray or white. This particular can was on the oops shelf and was marked down. I just can’t pass that up. Normally, I would have used the white primer tinted to a similar color that would match the paint or closely resemble it. That’s the best practice, but sometimes you just use what you have. I used 2 coats of the primer allowing ample drying time between each coat following the directions on the product label. I simply brushed the primer on.
Applying The Metallic Paint
Here’s a tip for you. I use plastic grocery store bags as liners for my paint tray. Always double bag and make sure that the lettering on the bag is not exposed to the paint. I learned the hard way. Use the backside of the bags. The dye from the lettering will fade into the paint. Not a pretty look on your furniture.
Modern Masters Metallic Shimmer Champagne is a great color for metallic painted furniture. Who doesn’t love champagne?
This paint is opaque, so I was expecting to use three coats. I was pleasantly surprised when it covered with two. Even with the gray primer. That’s a winner in my book. I love this metallic paint for furniture.
The first coat was applied with a roller and then smoothed out with the paintbrush. I like this method because it speeds up the process. When brushing on metallic paint, I did notice that it had a memory to the paint. That means if you brush it in two different directions on a flat surface, it appears streaky. To eliminate this, after applying with the roller I smoothed the paint with the brush in one direction, being careful and not using the back and forth strokes like you would with other paints. The finish is super smooth and flawless.
While You’re Waiting On Paint To Dry
Here’s another tip for you. Between drying times, wrap your roller in the grocery bag liner to save for the next coat of paint. Wrap your brush inside of the glove. This will save you a lot of time and frustration of washing out your equipment before you complete your project.
I allowed the paint to dry overnight. For extra durability, I painted 1 coat of the MasterClear® Protective Clear Topcoat over the whole surface of the nightstand. This topcoat is specially formulated to allow the metallic particles to shine through while giving it a durable finish.
Now that my piece had been completed, it was time to decide on what to do with the ornate pulls. They were pretty as is and for the most part, I like to leave a little originality to the pieces that I makeover. I just felt that gold would be amazing with the champagne shimmer. Why not do metallic on metallic?
I was right! What a drastic change for this nightstand. Painting the nightstand with one color in my opinion really brought focus to the ornate handles. Gloriously elegant and a bit of bling and shimmer for just the right angle.
HOLLYWOOD IS IN THE HOUSE! The was a fun makeover and super easy. What a great statement piece! I love metallic painted furniture. I hope you enjoyed this makeover and hopefully, I have inspired you to try metallic paint on your furniture. It really does change the whole appearance and gives a bit of a WOW factor. I LOVE it!
Here’s another pretty furniture makeover if you would like to see more of my work. Artistic Furniture Finish.
Until the next project…