People often call me ‘creative’ however a lot of my ideas come from my custom clients. Like these gold frames. Today I’ll show you How to Paint an Antique Gold Faux Finish.
My clients wanted to add some frames like these in an antique gold finish on the wall opposite the cherry blossom tree mural. So they showed me the above pic and say they’d looked everywhere for frames that match.
I can do that for you.
‘Where are you going to find the frames’, they asked in that perfect I’m-a-shopper-not-a-DIYer tone.
Luckily I’d painted the safari mural for these clients before, so they trust me. Even with thrift-store-turned-gorgeous-antique-gold-frames for their baby girl.
Four trips to three different thrift shops, but I scored great frames at rock-bottom prices.
Wood, ceramic, metal, plastic and foam. Yes, foam. One of the scrolled oval frames is actually compressed foam.
How to Paint an Antique Gold Faux Finish
The first step is getting a pretty gold basecoat. But, like any other colors, there are many shades of gold.
Since I wanted to match their antique gold crib, finding the right tone of gold took a few attempts.
I thought I could get away with a basecoat of gold spray paint but the gold was too light and too . . . blah.
For Liquid Leaf, you’ll need old, scruffy brushes. Which I usually have a drawer-full. Or just buy some cheapies. Because – a) you won’t want to clean them – unless you happen to have paint thinner around, and b) you need to scrub the gold into all the scrolls and crevices.
Can you see the difference in tone? I bought Florentine Gold in the Liquid Leaf but it wound up a little to bronze-ish. Pretty, but I’m trying to match their crib.
I’ve put a Supply List with links to all of the products below this post.
Step 1 – Basecoat with Glorious Gold.
After all of that trial and error I finally landed on the perfect gold. Although Liquid Leaf would work too.
Americana Glorious Gold is the color I was going for in the first place but didn’t want to spend the time brushing it on.
Step 2 – Apply Burnt Umber in small areas
We’re using Burnt Umber full strength, not in a glaze, so you want to work in smaller areas or it’ll dry too fast.
Step 3 – Wipe Burnt Umber off with soft towel
I used a paper towel but a soft rag would work also.
You’re wiping off the raised areas, allowing the brown paint to stay in the crevices.
Step 4 – Apply Floating Medium to raised areas
This step is to accentuate the gold on the raised areas which, in turn, accentuates the brown in the crevices.
It’s a subtle difference in the photos but in person there’s a marked difference.
Step 5 – Seal with Matte Clear Coat Spray
If you seal with a glossy clear coat, the finish won’t look authentic. You could use a satin, if you can find one.
That’s it! The frame in the above pic is a foam frame. No lie! It’s compressed foam but now looks like a metal frame.
This frame shows the finish the best and how the frames now all match the antique gold baby crib.
Now you know how to create an Antique Gold Faux Finish. It’ll work on items other than frames but the more detailed the better. You want to have raised areas and crevices to get the authentic look.
Let me know if you try this. I’d love to hear how it turned out!