HOW TO PAINT FURNITURE WITH METALLIC PAINT
If you’ve ever wondered how to transform your old, tired 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:
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!
What a difference right? Keep reading to learn how to paint furniture with metallic paint.
SUPPLIES USED TO PAINT FURNITURE WITH METALLIC PAINT
STEP 1: CLEAN
Prepping a piece of furniture prior to painting is so important to your overall finish! So, the first thing I do is clean the piece. I use a solution of TSP mixed with water. I put the solution in a spray bottle and scrub it down with sponges I get from the Dollar Tree. They come in a pack of six and one side is abrasive which is great for cleaning! Once it’s good and clean, I wipe off any residue with a wet rag and then dry with a towel. Make sure it’s completely dry before continuing.
STEP 2: SAND
Once dry, you will want to sand your piece to smooth out any rough spots in the wood and remove any shine you may have. I have an orbital sander for this. A 220 grit sanding pad will get a smooth finish. I also love the flexible sanding sheets that can be found at Lowe’s. These are great for those hard to reach areas. After sanding, wipe off all sanding dust with a slightly damp shop towel or lint free cloth.
STEP 3: PRIME
Priming before painting with metallics is so important, especially if you’re painting old, dark wood.
Here’s the primer that I love! It dries fast and doesn’t have a strong smell like the Primer I used to use. And it doesn’t ruin my paint brush!
I painted on 2 coats of primer (lightly sanding in between each coat with a 220 sanding sheet )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!
STEP 4: PAINT
Okay, time to Paint! My favorite metallic paints are from Paint Couture! They are gorgeous! I used the color Stardust for my table. If you would like to see for yourself, you can get that paint here.
I like to use a nice synthetic brush when painting. My favorites are from Paint Couture. The coverage of Paint Couture metallics is really nice! One coat would probably work, but I always do two.
STEP 5: GLAZE
The Stardust metallic paint is so pretty, that it’s sometimes hard to glaze over it! I used Glaze couture in Zinc and it is magical! It’s so easy to use I just loved how it turned out! I brushed it on, working on small sections at a time, and then wiped it off using a terry cloth rag (cheesecloth is great too). For the top of the table, I actually used a damp staining pad. I found that this gives me a less streaky look and I have more working time. You can get the Glaze Couture here if you’d like to try it!
STEP 6: TOPCOAT
The glaze itself is a topcoat, but I like to add a little more protection with Paint Couture’s topcoat. First, I pour some of the topcoat into a styrofoam bowl and dampen one of my sponges from the dollar tree (squeeze all water out). I then dip my damp sponge into the bowl of topcoat and apply to my piece in long even strokes, moving gently from one end to the next. Do not overwork it! Let it dry, slightly sand, then apply another coat. This topcoat is amazing and you can get it here!
STEP 7: TRIM WITH GOLD METALLIC
I wanted a little more on my table so I decided to use gold rub-n-buff around the edges. Now days, I use Paint Couture’s Gold metallic paint in Pale Gold. It’s a gorgeous color gold and you can get it here!
Painting furniture with metallic paint is a fantastic way to rejuvenate your home decor and express your creativity. I hope this blog post was helpful as we’ve walked through the essential steps, from prepping your furniture to applying the metallic paint and finishing touches. So, whether you’re wanting a sleek and modern look or a touch of vintage charm, metallic paint can help you achieve your desired aesthetic. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different colors and techniques to make your furniture truly unique. So, grab your brushes, select your metallic hues, and let your imagination run wild as you transform your furniture into stunning, shimmering works of art. Your home will thank you for it!
Thanks so much for reading! Let me know what you think of this finish! Have a Great Day!!
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