Hello sweet friends! Have you tried gilding wax on any of your makeovers yet? If not, I hope today’s post inspires you to give it a go!
I’ve been applying metallic accents to a lot of my work and I’m loving the effect. The best part, depending on how the gilding wax is applied, it can add subtle elegance, an old-world flair, or as in the case of today’s thrift store makeover, a bold dramatic punch.
Today, I’m sharing a few of my how-to tips and techniques I’ve been using to create different looks with gilding wax.
Here’s what I started with. A plain but good quality thrift store find I picked up on sale for $30. Can’t get better than that, right?!
For the base, I used a brand new Dixie Belle color called “In The Navy”. If you’re looking for a gorgeous rich TRUE navy blue, this is it! It’s highly pigmented and has amazing coverage. Here’s the coverage after just one coat and I even used water to thin it down a little.
After the base coat, I mixed some spackling with a small amount of Savannah Mist and applied a raised stencil design onto the drawer fronts. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used this stencil. It’s small, but one of my favorites!
I’ll link some of the other furniture makeovers I’ve used it on in the “Related Posts” below so you can check out how it looks in different styles and colors.
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HOW TO USE GILDING WAX | TIPS & TECHNIQUES::
Tip #1:: How To Apply Gilding Wax
I’ve applied gilding wax with my fingers, a shop towel, Q-Tip, soft rag, and paintbrush. I have a few designated paint brushes I use for metallics because the bristles will stain as you can see below.
I also apply the Gilding Wax AFTER I’ve painted and top coated the furniture with clear or dark wax. You could wait until the wax is fully dry if you prefer but I don’t think it makes much of a difference. I’m not sure if you can use gilding wax over a poly topcoat. If anyone has tried or knows the answer to this, I’d love to know too!
Tip #2:: No Sealing Required
There’s no need to seal the gilding wax. I find it dries really well and hasn’t rubbed off any of my pieces. If you find it fades over the years, it can easily be touched up by applying a little more.
Tip #3:: Works on Almost Anything!
Gilding Wax can be used on almost anything! I’ve seen it used it on pumpkins, resin, all sorts of craft projects, plastic, paper, metal, and wood. My sister has used it for scrapbooking and cards (her handcrafted cards are phenomenal btw – a real work of art!) and of course my favorite – FURNITURE! It’s typically used for highlighting details on furniture like moldings, appliques, castings, engravings etc. but can be used equally well to create some drama.
Tip #4:: Mix and Match
Mix and match different gilding waxes. I haven’t tried mixing gilding waxes yet, but you can get really creative using different colors and metallics to create your own unique masterpiece.
Tip #5:: Less is More
As with all wax application, LESS is more! I like to start with a very small amount and then build up the layers. I’ve used this Hammered Copper on a few other projects and now this dresser. You can see it looks like it’s barely been used. It’s my guess it will take exactly 126 furniture makeovers to finish this small container. Okay, not really….. just checking if you’re still reading. 😉
Tip #6:: Create Pristine Lines
Create pristine metallic lines on drawers. If you’d like to create metallic pristine straight lines, no problem. Just mask off the section with painters tape and apply the gilding wax to the exposed area only. Remove the tape and voila!
Tip #7:: Made a Mistake – NP
If you don’t like the look, no problem. Supposedly gilding wax is forgiving and can be easily removed with clear wax. I say “supposedly” because I’ve never tried removing it. Lucky for me I have always liked the look. That said, if any of you have a tip on how to successfully remove gilding wax, I’d love to hear about it.
Tip #8:: Create Bold Metallic Drama
To create a bold dramatic look, try using a matching paint color UNDER the gilding wax. For instance, on this dresser, I applied some Terracotta around the edges of the drawers to amplify the effect of the Hammered Copper Gilding Wax. The orange/copper undertones of the Terracotta intensifies the metallic copper… it worked beautifully.
If you want to add a little dramatic glitz, subtle elegance or old-world flair, I hope this has given you a few ideas for your painted furniture or project.
ARE YOU A FAN OF GILDING WAX? I’D LOVE TO HEAR YOUR QUESTIONS AND/OR TIPS AND WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS DRESSER MAKEOVER. FEEL FREE TO CHIME IN… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. 🙂
Happy furniture painting and gilding my friends!