How to Create a Metallic Finish on Furniture

In this video tutorial we’ll show you how to apply metallic cream to give your piece an all-over glamorous shine!

In this brand new video tutorial company co-founder, Rosanne will show you how she applied metallic cream over an entire headboard to give it a bold new look.

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Step 1) Start with a painted piece

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Prepare your surface, paint, and distress your piece as desired by following our previous tutorials available here.

Hint: if you would like to achieve opaque metallic coverage we recommend starting with a base coat of paint in a similar color to the metallic cream you’ve chosen as this will allow you to get full coverage with less coats. Here are our suggestions:

  • for Trigger, use a base coat of Rocky Mountain or Hurricane
  • for Pocket Watch, use a base coat of Fresh Mustard
  • for Belt Buckle, use a base coat of Chocolate Tart or Dark Roast
  • for Silver Bullet, use a base coat of Pebble Beach or Cobblestone

Step 2) Allow it to dry completely

Make sure any paint on your surface has been allowed to dry for at least 12 hours. Overnight is best.

Step 3) Apply the Metallic Cream

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When applying the Metallic Cream to a large flat surface, we would recommend using a sponge. However, you may also use a lint-free cloth, or a paint brush. Use a thin coat. If needed, you can add a second coat after the first coast has dried.

Metallic Cream dries very quickly, especially when applied in thin layers. Be sure to work with small sections of your piece at a time so you can remove any unwanted cream immediately before it dries.

Step 4) Apply a second color, if desired

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If you want to add more depth to your finish, try adding a second metallic cream color to your piece. On this headboard, Rosanne used Trigger topped with a coat of Silver Bullet to achieve a stunning metallic finish!

For the second coat, we would recommend using a paint brush to apply the Metallic Cream sparingly. Then use a lint-free rag to smooth out the cream and to leave a wash behind.

Step 5) Seal your work

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Our paint doesn’t require a top coat, and the Metallic Cream does offer additional protection. However, you may certainly use Tough Coat or one of our waxes to further finish your work. Tough Coat is highly recommended on surfaces that are used frequently, such as table tops.

We wouldn’t advise using wax first, and then using metallic cream. Since the creams are water-based, they will not adhere well to an oil-based, waxy surface. Just keep in mind that wax always goes on last.

Find these products at your local retailer

If you would like to try this technique for yourself, stop by our store locator and call your local retailer for availability. If you do not have a local retailer, you can also find metallic creams in our online shop.

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24 thoughts on “How to Create a Metallic Finish on Furniture

  1. Looks easy enough to do, I have a side table that could you a little bling bling…looks like I’ve found my next project!!

  2. I absolutely love metallic finishes. I would love to try the Silver Bullet and Belt Buckle. Great video!

  3. I haven’t used the metallic creams yet but would love to try any of the colors on some Vintage jewellery boxes that I am redoing for 4 of my grandchildren!

  4. My husband and I just moved from California to Tennessee (they certainly feel world’s apart to me) for his job and we just closed on a new home. Along with our household goods shipment came a solid maple dresser with two matching end tables that we picked up at a garage sale for $35.00. Before leaving we had also visited a decor warehouse that was liquidating and had bought a large set of upscale painted metal home decor accessory pieces that have sections of an almost champagne like silvery metallic on them. Sooo, our plan is to redo the furniture pieces to coordinate with the decor pieces for our new upstairs guest quarters. Metallic cream would be just the ticket for us to coordinate things and take our guest space from what is now far too blah to simply amazing!!! Besides that, to truly christen a new home, isn’t there a rule somewhere that states, ‘home doesn’t truly become a HOME until the paint and paintbrush get put to good use’!?! 🙂

  5. I plan to use Smokey Mountain to give new life to an end table. I would also like to decoupage a map on the top.

  6. Love the Silver Bullet and Trigger I have some night stands I think would look great painted with either one of these

  7. Love the Silver Bullet and the Trigger. I have two night stands that would like awesome once painted with either of these colors!

  8. I have a night stand that needs alot of TLC, and using one of these beautiful Metallic Creams on it would make it and outstanding piece in my bedroom! 🙂

  9. I would love to paint a metallic finish on a lovely old piece I have. It would be displayed in my foyer which does not receive that much natural light so a metallic finish would make the table reflect noticeably but in a subtle way.

  10. I have a tiny telephone table/childs writing table with the teeniest chair! I found this at Goodwill in Fairfax, Va. It is darling and metallic would be perfect for this!

  11. I have an antique medicine cabinet that would look amazing in my bathroom, with a belt buckle finish.

  12. Silver bullet or trigger on my ornate 70’s dark wood bedroom set. Would look amazing on all the spindles

  13. My choice would be Belt Buckle and Trigger. Thank you for all the awesome videos.

  14. I picked up a cute sewing table from an on line auction last week and would love to paint the inside of the drawers a metallic color. Love all the metallic colors.

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