HERE’S A PERFECT FALL GOLD AND VELVET ACCENT CHAIR MAKEOVER … AND HOW TO GET A ‘TRUE GOLD’ WHEN PAINTING WITH METALLICS.
One of my favorite things about being a furniture painter and blogger is YOU! I love sharing what I know but I’m also forever learning from you. On last week’s Gold & Marble Side Table Makeover, Gloria, one of our #siblogfamily left a comment on how to get a TRUE GOLD when painting with metallics.
Here’s Gloria’s comment…
“To get a more realistic look with gold paint, always paint a layer of red first. (Use blue underneath silver.) I don’t know what the deal is with this, but it REALLY works — even though the red or blue paint doesn’t show! Something about the ‘vibrational energy’ of the colors, or so I was told. It’s invisible, but it’s still there. Use a Chinese red under the gold., rather than a red with any blue in it. A nice royal blue (true blue) under silver is best.”
This week I thought I’d try Gloria’s tip on a curb-shopped Velvet Accent Chair — and then compare it to last week’s gold metallic table.
Here’s what I started with. A curb-shopped Louise XV style chair with velvet upholstery.
Check out how the gold plays against this burnt orange velvet! This turned into the perfect fall project.
And I have to admit, comparing the two pieces, this chair looks more 24K gold to me… a little deeper and richer.
Maybe it has something to do with the way the light plays off it??? Not sure. But it looks amazing! What do you think?
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GOLD VELVET ACCENT CHAIR::
STEP #1:: Clean and Sand
I started by giving this chair a thorough vacuum and cleaning.
Then I lightly sanded the wood frame to create some tooth for the paint to adhere to. This chair didn’t really need a sanding because there wasn’t a slick topcoat, but seeing it was curb-shopped, it made me feel better scuffing it up a little. I was in cleaning mode, what can I say. 😉
STEP #2:: Undercoat With Red
I picked Dixie Belle’s Honky Tonk Red because that’s the closest to a Chinese Red I had on hand.
Here’s the chair drying with one coat of Honky Tonk Red on it.
STEP #3:: Gold Metallic
It took 3 coats of this gold to fully cover the red.
TIP:: To get into the really tight areas, I used a small artist’s brush. I never hesitate to use the appropriate size brush for different areas of my furniture makeovers. It can make all the difference between a clean looking makeover or a messy one!
And here’s the finished Gold and Velvet beauty!
Doesn’t it make the burnt orange velvet really pop and look totally updated?
And now for some FURNITURE FIXER UPPER FUN!
I know you’re going to LOVE what this team of creative girls do. It’s inspiration and techniques six-fold! 😉
Below are their BEFORE photos – visit the links underneath to see the amazing AFTERS and to learn how they did it! I’ll meet you over there! 😉
And now I’m off to sunny California my friends! I’m super excited and nervous as can be all rolled into one. This will be my first time teaching a workshop so I want to do a good job while making sure everyone has a ton of fun!! I’m SOOOO looking forward to meeting all of you attending the Redesign and Dixie Belle 2019 Workshop. And if you’re looking for something exciting and creative to do this weekend, come join us! I’d LOVE to see you there! XO
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS GOLD AND VELVET ACCENT CHAIR… OR FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. IT MAKES MY DAY! 🙂
Happy furniture painting my friends!
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