Coating unique pieces of furniture with metallic paint creates jaw dropping accent pieces. It’s a DIY idea that has potential for maximum style points! Whether you opt for champagne, silver, gold, copper, or pewter, you can’t go wrong with metallic painted furniture.
Metallic Painted Furniture Ideas
When it comes to adding a metallic finish to furniture, it’s not difficult! It’s a great way to update an old piece of furniture and add an accent piece to your room. You can find metallic stains in about every color. Gold and copper will add warmth to a room, while silver and pewter will give a cool accent. Champagne is a great middle ground because it can go either way. You can pick up some fabulous metallic paints here and here!
On the off chance you’re not up for this DIY, or your just looking for inspiration, then you’ve got to look at these tables. The pewter finish brings the French Provincial style into the modern age.
You can cover any piece of furniture with metallic paint. It is a very similar process to simply prepping, priming, and painting any type of wood.
DIY Metallic Painted Furniture: Step 1
Once you’ve found your furniture piece that you’d like to paint with a metallic top coat, start your prep work. Begin by removing any loose veneer with a wet towel. Then, using a fairly damp towel large enough to cover the surface of the furniture piece (ex: if you are working on a desk or dresser), cover the veneer and leave it to soak for a few hours. When you’ve given it enough soaking time, peal off the old veneer.
DIY Metallic Painted Furniture: Step 2
Next, let the piece dry completely and then sand the entire wooden surface with 220 grit sandpaper. Make sure to cover any fabric or pieces of the furniture you do not want to repaint. Then fill any scratches or dings with wood filler before sanding those areas until they are smooth. Lastly, wipe the furniture down to remove any sanding debris.
DIY Metallic Painted Furniture: Step 3
Now it’s time to coat the piece with primer. Two thin coats should do the trick but be sure to paint every square inch of your furniture piece that you would like to cover with your metallic top coat. Then use a primer similar to your top coat. If your top coat is a silver metallic, use a light gray primer. If your metallic color is gold, use a light yellow primer. If your metallic color is bronze, use a tan base coat. This will prevent thin spots in your primer from showing through to your base coat. Lastly, seal your top coat to protect it from wear and tear by using a coat of polyurethane. Optional: Before applying your polyurethane top coat, you could use a product called Rub’n Buff. It’s great for creating a shinier metallic finish and antiquing corners and worn edges of furniture.
It’s important to note that you don’t have to cover the entire piece of furniture in a metallic stain. Sometimes choosing just the edges or specific parts adds an extra depth to the piece. You can also mix and match the metallics! Try pairing pewter with pops of silver, and copper with soft accepts of champagne. The next time you’re ready to replace some furniture, why not try adding a pop of metallic stain? It’ll update your space in no time!
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