There are 2 common way on how to antique gold finish furniture which is using gold paint or use gold foil. the final result of the two is quite different, for gold paint they are tend to not glow very nicely, but they are easy to apply and also cheaper. as for gold foil, the final result is really nice and look solid like metal. but the downside is they are hard to apply and more expensive. but anyway, we will share our way of how to antique gold finish furniture both using paint or foil. way we used to do in our indonesian furniture factory.

Using gold paint

  1. sanding, off course it will all start from fine smooth sanding. check every cracks or defect from your furniture on this stage. it only a headache when you find defect after gold paint are applied. so make sure everything is in good shape now.
  2. base coat filler, it’s always a good thing to have first coat of base filler before apply any color. it will smoothen everything’s up and close some big hole or unwanted wood pores. apply thin layer using spray gun or smooth brush, let it dry and sand it all down until wood grain visible again. one layer is enough in our ipinion
  3. apply base color, read direction to use the paint carefully. every brand have it’s own way to apply. *tips: paint your furniture in white if you want a bright gold finish, and use black or dark base color if you want more subtle gold or if you use silver finish. let it dry…
  4. spray your gold or silver paint. 3 thin layer of paint is better than 1 thick one. let it dry…
  5. apply glaze to gain antique look, you can read here on how to antique furniture using glaze, let it dry…
  6. after you happy with the way it looks, apply clear coat to seal everything’s up. you’re done

How to antique gold finish furniture using foil

  • Point 1 – 3 would be the same as if we use gold paint
  • after base color is ready, apply special adhesive on the wood
  • after the adhesive dry, place your gold foil on top of the wood surface and gently rub the foil so it stick to the adhesive. *important note: use dry and clean smooth cloth gloves to do this. never touch gold foil with your bare hand, its not dangerous for you, but it will leave burt marks on the foil due to acidic hand sweat.
  • only after you satisfied with how it turn out, you can spray or apply clear coat to protect gilded finish.
  • do the gilded process nice and quick, dont leave bare un coated gilded furniture overnight as it will turn to dark like a burn marks.


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