I love when I can find an ornate frame at a thrift store! I had painted this one white a while back, and to be honest, I can’t remember what color it was to begin with. Although I love it white, I was looking for an antiqued gold look at this time. That’s the nice thing about paint, if I want to change it back or paint it a different color later on, I can do it easily.
I’ve used this technique several other times. I start off by using a couple different colors of gold spray paint. I just used what I had on hand. I think it would work out great to just have one color as well, I just like to think that I’m layering the gold colors. I started out with rustoleum “vintage gold“, it’s a bright shiny, kind of ugly, color of gold…but it’s what I had on hand.
I could start with a rub n buff, but it would be more expensive and take way more time. Using the spray paint helps me to get full coverage before I move onto the next step of antiquing wax.
Once I had the vintage gold color on, I used rustoleum “antique brass metallic“ color spray paint. I covered the frame as much as I could. It was tough to get in the spots that were smaller, but that wasn’t a big deal because I knew I was going to use antiquing wax and could use my paintbrush in the smaller spots.
After the frame was dry, I used a small paintbrush and applied antiquing wax/dark wax over the paint. The metallic paint was pretty shiny so I wasn’t sure if it was going to work well, but once the antiquing/dark wax was on and it had cured and dried, it was great!
You can see in the photo below how parts under were missed…
I used the dark wax to cover up those spots and they blended right in with the rest of the frame.
This is the perfect technique if you’re looking for something that you want to antique, or make to look older. The antiquing/dark wax works amazingly well to give it an old look!
I used a different wax/glaze on the last frame that I did and it worked just as good.
I do love how the metallic paint that I used this time gives it a little bit of a shine under the antiquing wax. have you ever tried a similar technique?