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DIY Metallic Furniture Restoration

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Metallic Furniture Restoration

Do you have an old piece of furniture that you love, but is in dire need of an update? Adding a modern twist onto your outdated furniture might be easier then you think. In this post, I will show you the step by step directions on how to do a DIY Metallic Furniture Restoration!

First, you need to pick out the perfect piece that you would like to restore. Check out this cute side table below. It may be outdated, but it still has a lot of life left.

Material & Tool List for Metallic Furniture Restoration:

  • 220 grit sand paper or sanding block
  • Fine Paint Brush
  • Natural Bristle Chalkpaint Brush
  • Natural Bristle Flat Paint Brush (Purdy)
  • Two Lint Free Cloths
  • Misting Spray Bottle
  • Tap Water
  • Drop Cloth
  • Paper plate
  • Mineral Spirits
  • Rust-Oleum Chalked Protective Top Coat (Matte Clear Spray)
  • Dixie Belle Bunker Hill Blue Chalk Paint
  • Dixie Belle Bronze Gilding Wax
  • Dixie Belle Moonshine Silver Bullet

Prep Work (Prep is most important, don’t cut corners or rush these steps):

  1. Place furniture in a clean work space. If working in a garage, be sure to sweep or blow all dirt and debris out of the area you will be working in. Lay a drop cloth down to ensure paint does not drip and ruin your flooring.
  2. Take one lint free cloth and dampen with mineral spirits. Clean the entire piece of furniture with the spirits to remove any and all debris or oils that may be on the surface. Be sure to wipe down anywhere you will be painting, including the inside of drawers and/or doors. It is advised to wear a mask or be sure you are in a well ventilated area.
  3. Sand the entire piece using 220 grit sandpaper. If you have an orbital sander, you can use this for the top of your piece and any larger areas to save you time and energy. If not, no worries! Sanding blocks and regular sandpaper will do just fine. Be sure to rough up the existing finish to expose the natural wood grain. Smooth out any imperfections and ensure your piece is smooth to the touch. Be careful around any small details. Sanding is all about the pressure you apply. Heavy pressure in areas that have thick existing finish, light pressure on corners and areas with detail you do not want to disturb.
  4. Take another lint free cloth and remove all dust particles from the sanding process. Take your time, you do not want any lingering particles that will live under your paint. If you have an air compressor gun you will be done in no time. Don’t miss the corners and crevices!
Metallic Furniture Restoration
Metallic Furniture Restoration

Time to Paint:

  1. Shake your Dixie Belle Bunker Hill Blue for 30 seconds.
  2. Pour Dixie Belle Bunker Hill Blue on to a paper plate. A little goes a long way. Best to add more to your plate as you go to ensure you do not waste.
  3. Using your Natural Bristle Chalk Paint Brush, coat the bottom of your brush and start painting the top of your piece. Be sure to work the paint in the same direction of the wood grain. Working from top to bottom will help minimize drips. Coat the entire piece with the exception of the feet, leave those as the natural wood finish for now. Be sure to open any drawers and paint all that you would like to be blue to the eye. Don’t worry if paint looks streaky it will all flatten out.
  4. Let dry for 30 minutes.
  5. Flip piece and paint the underneath with Dixie Belle Bunker Hill Blue. Be sure to focus on any edges, drawers, or areas that might be visible to ensure full coverage.
  6. Let dry for 30 minutes.
  7. Flip piece to have top of piece parallel with the ceiling.
  8. Apply a second coat of Dixie Belle Bunker Hill Blue to the entire piece of furniture. Work in the same direction of the wood grain. Don’t worry about the underneath, no need to flip.
  9. Let cure for 24 hours (depending on weather and humidity)
  10. If necessary, using 220 grit sandpaper lightly sand any areas of paint drips or build up. This would be the time to check for any bristles from your brush or dust that was trapped in your paint. Light sanding will remove and give you a smooth surface.
  11. Using your lint free dusting cloth remove all dust and debri.
Metallic Furniture Restoration
Metallic Furniture Restoration

Finishing Touches for Metallic Furniture Restoration:

  1. Using your natural bristle flat paint brush and Dixie Belle Moonshine Silver Bullet apply a thin coat to the entire piece. With the Moonshine Paint, less is more. You can dip your brush right into the paint container. Remember to apply a thin coat. You don’t want to glob on a lot of paint on to your brush, only a workable amount. Work the brush back and forth, without overlapping the paint, smooth even strokes. Work small sections at a time, complete and move on to the next section. Work quickly. If your paint starts to dry before you’re satisfied in that area, lightly mist the paint with your misting spray bottle and rework the section. Water reactivates the paint.
  2. Only one coat of Dixie Belle Moonshine Silver Bullet is necessary on top of your base coat of Dixie Belle Bunker Hill Blue for an opaque finish. Don’t worry if you see brush strokes, as long as you didn’t drag the paint everything will flatten out once dry.
  3. Let cure for 24 hours (depending on weather and humidity)
  4. Using your Dixie Belle Bronze Gilding Wax dip your dominant index finger into the tin. Apply Dixie Belle Bronze Gilding wax to any detail areas that you want to stand out. Any hardware or detail that you would like highlighted simply finger wax the area. A little bit goes a long way. If you would like the tone of the Dixie Belle Bronze Gilding wax deeper you can reapply in 10 minutes.
  5. Using your fine natural bristle paint brush and Dixie Belle Bunker Hill Blue Chalk paint finish the feet of the piece. Leaving these areas solid will give a unique finished look.
  6. Let cure for 24 hours (depending on weather and humidity)
  7. Using your Rust-Oleum Chalked Protective Top Coat (Matte Clear Spray) spray all the areas you gilded with the Dixie Belle Bronze Gilding Wax. Holding the spray can approximately 8 inches away coat the gilded details. This will seal the area to ensure additional protection.
  8. Full Cure time is 30 days. (You can gently use your furniture after the first 48 hours) Be sure not to clean or drag anything across your beautiful creation before your 30 days is up.
Metallic Furniture Restoration

Clean Up:

  • Clean all chalk paint brushes and painting brushes immediately after use with water. If buildup occurs you can gently clean with mineral spirits.
Metallic Furniture Restoration

This project might seem kind of time consuming but I promise that it will be worth it. Check out how beautiful the restored piece turned out!

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