If you’ve ever wondered how to paint furniture into stunning, eye-catching pieces, then you’re in the right place. In this blog post, we’re going to dive into the world of DIY furniture transformation, specifically focusing on how to paint furniture with metallic paint. Get ready to unlock the secrets to achieving that coveted metallic sheen and turn your furniture into dazzling statement pieces that will have everyone asking for your design secrets.

Okay, so here’s the BEFORE:

Before Metallic Paint

This little pedestal table was given to me by my mother-in-law way back when Ralph and I first got married; so I’ve had it for over 20 years.  I’d say it was long overdue for a makeover!

Here’s what it looks like now!

Metallic Table completed.

What a difference right? Keep reading to learn how to paint furniture with metallic paint.


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Wood Table




sponges – Dollar Tree

shop towels/lint free cloth


Staining Pads



Synthetic Brush

styrofoam bowl

Metallic Paint

Metallic glaze


Gold Metallic Paint

Gold Rub n Buff



First things first, my friend. Prepping a piece of furniture prior to  painting is so important to achieve that flawless finish!  So, grab your cleaner/degreaser and those trusty sponges from the Dollar Tree. Scrub away any dirt or grime, making sure to get into all the nooks and crannies. Once it’s squeaky clean, wipe off any residue with a damp rag and then dry it with a towel. Remember, patience is key here – make sure it’s completely dry before moving on to the next step.

Other good cleaners are a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water or Simple Green.

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    STEP 2: SAND

    Now, let’s smooth out any rough spots and remove any shine from the wood. Grab your sander and a 220 grit sanding pad. If you have those hard-to-reach areas, those flexible sanding sheets from Lowe’s will be your best friend. After sanding, wipe off all the sanding dust with a slightly damp shop towel or lint-free cloth. Ah, doesn’t it feel satisfying to have a smooth canvas to work with?

    STEP 3: PRIME 

    Priming is essential, especially if you’re working with old, dark wood. Trust me, it will save you from any unwanted surprises down the road. I’ve found a primer that I absolutely love – it dries fast, doesn’t have a strong smell, and won’t ruin your precious paintbrush. Apply two coats of primer if you have any tannins that tend to bleed through. Oh, and if you want more tips on surface prep, check out my article on How to Prep Wood and Other Surfaces For Paint. I’ve even included a handy guide for you to print out and keep!

    Paint Couture Primer

     I painted on 2 coats of primer for this table because it had tannins that kept bleeding through.  If I hadn’t primed, these tannins would have bled through my metallic paint!  Here’s the table top after Primer has dried.

    Metallic Table (Before) Primed for Painting.

    For more tips on Surface Prep read my article on How to Prep Wood and Other Surfaces For Paint.

    STEP 4:  PAINT

    Now, the fun part begins! It’s time to bring out the metallic paint and let your creativity shine. My personal favorite metallic paints are from Paint Couture. The coverage is incredible, and the colors are simply stunning. I used the color Stardust for my table, and let me tell you, it’s like painting with stardust itself. Grab your synthetic brush and start applying the paint. One coat might be enough, but I always go for two coats to ensure that beautiful metallic sheen.

    Paint Couture Metallic Paint in Stardust.

    STEP 5: GLAZE 

    To add that extra touch of magic, we’re going to use a glaze. I highly recommend Paint Couture Glaze in the color Zinc – it’s like adding a sprinkle of enchantment to your furniture. Apply the glaze on small sections at a time, brushing it on and then gently wiping it off with a terry cloth rag or staining pad. For the top, I used a damp staining pad. It gives a less streaky look and gives you more working time. Trust me, you’ll love the result.


    To protect your masterpiece and give it that professional finish, it’s time for the topcoat. I personally adore Paint Couture’s topcoat. It’s like a shield of awesomeness for your furniture. Grab a styrofoam bowl and a damp sponge from the Dollar Tree. Dip the sponge into the topcoat and apply it to your piece in long, even strokes. Don’t overwork it, my friends. Let it dry, give it a light sanding if necessary, and then apply another coat. Your furniture will thank you for this extra layer of protection. Note: It goes on white, but dries crystal clear.


    Feeling fancy? Let’s add a little more pizzazz to your table. Grab some gold rub-n-buff or Paint Couture’s Gold metallic paint in Pale Gold. Use it to trim the edges of your furniture, giving it that extra touch of elegance. You’ll be amazed at how this little detail can elevate the entire look.

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    Phew! We did it, my friends. I hope this blog post has been helpful in your furniture painting journey. Remember, painting furniture with metallic paint is not just about rejuvenating your home decor – it’s about expressing your creativity and making a statement. So, grab your brushes, select your metallic hues, and let your imagination run wild. Your furniture is waiting to be transformed into stunning, shimmering works of art.

    Thanks so much for reading! I can’t wait to hear what you think of this finish. Drop a comment below and let’s keep the conversation going.

    Happy Painting!!


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