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Metallic Silver, Gold, and Blush Pink-Special Paint Finish

Monday, September 9th, 2013
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Do all those colors sound like they go together?

It’s possible.

This project took me on a journey filled with twists and turns.

I’ll tell you all about it, but first… was your weekend?

Mine was filled to the brim. I watched my oldest granddaughter cheer at a football game then dance at Riverfest. That was followed by a birthday party, a bridal shower, and dinner with friends.  Oh yeah, and lots of homework, a little housekeeping, and a few projects.


metallic silver gold blush pink

metallic silver, gold, and blush pink

This project was a lot of fun but also a little challenging.


project desk before

Wedding Belles, a local bridal shop, has been keeping me busy with an Antiqued White Cabinet and a Trio of Chairs….and now this desk.

Isn’t it an interesting piece?

I’m crazy about the woodwork on the carved top.

Remember the green antique looking finish popular in the late 60’s early 70’s?

If you don’t…..this is it!

The cabinet was definitely beat-up and the fold down desk top was missing.


triming a door

The doors wouldn’t close so the Junktion Technical Specialist cut them down just a smidgen.



gold metallic glaze blush paint

We decided on a blush pink metallic color for the cabinet. The paint guy thought he could mix the metallic color using the Martha Stewart Metallics but that didn’t work out.

Change of plans…..

I had the blush pink mixed in my favorite Behr latex paint.

I figured I could get the look I was going for by doing a metallic glaze.

Martha Stewart Living Metallic Paint

I mixed the Martha Stewart Living Metallic Vintage Gold with an equal amount of water then brushed it over the whole cabinet and wiped it off.

The gold toned the whole piece very lightly and settled into the dents and crevices.

Don’t shoot me but I didn’t take pictures of the process.

You guys have to remember I was just winging it on this paint finish.

When I start experimenting with paint finishes I’m not sure how things will end up.

I sometimes get a little stressed, especially when it’s a custom piece.


metallic gold silver paint finish

I looked at the gold glaze for a while and it just looked dirty to me instead of sparkly shiny gold.

Second brainstorm was to mix the metallic silver paint with water and use it as a glaze over the gold.

So, I tried that next.

I could see the gold tones under the silver and the silver finish had just the right amount of sparkle.

It looked great.

At least I thought it did.


blush metallic paint

And luckily for me….. Lisa, the client, thought it worked too.

In fact she liked it so well she’s asked me to paint two tables with the metallic siver, gold, blush paint finish.

The shiny metallic finish isn’t obvious in the photos but trust me, it looks awesome.

Especially when the light hits it just right. Smile

Do you like the special paint finish?

What did you do over the weekend?

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19 Responses

  1. Jeannie Scott says:

    Kathy, I love love love the finished product!!! I have purchased the Martha Stewart Glaze in several colors and have yet to try them. Love the gold, silver, metallic looks. Did you paint the piece before you used the glaze or only use the glaze? BTW, love your blog, sound like my kinda girl and I’m your NC neighbor! I like your creativity with many different paints and finishes! Keep up the great work!!!

  2. chris aka monkey says:

    as usual you nailed it kathy this piece is fantastic xx

  3. Betty says:

    KATHy, I love the look! I did the same experiment on a sewing machine cabinet; used ASCP Emile with half pure white as the base coat. Then used pure Emile to get in the grooves etc. followed with the MS silver metallic glaze. I just love the color; much like yours. Continue to fly girl!

  4. Andrea says:

    This is beautiful! I love your way of mixing up things…glad you are willing to give some of your paint recipes on this blog. It’s very inspiring to me, I want to try out some of these..I am not very savvy when it comes to paint mixing!
    Am going on Pinterest to see some ideas for lamp shades and try out some blush and silver paint!

  5. Donna Kay says:

    I worked on a couple of nesting tables this weekend, if I can figure out how to send a photo, I would!

  6. […] Martha Stewart Metallic Paint, Special Mixture by ME! […]

  7. […] am enamored of the silver painted furniture in blogland. I had to try it!  I chose Martha Stewart Precious Metals in Mirror. I was going for Silver but the sample was really […]

  8. holy buckets, this is unique and so charming.

    this is my favorite blog party to visit. omg the power of paint and its ability to charm! bravo to you!

    hope you can hop over when you have a chance to read my interview with a hero of mine, rachel ashwell.



  9. This is gorgeous! I featured it this week at the Project Inspire{d} link party!

  10. […] the owner of Wedding Belles wanted the same Blush Pink Metallic Finish as the Antique Desk I painted for the shop a few weeks […]

  11. Andrea says:

    Blush pink! My favorite so far! Yes, this blog is an older one, but I can’t help revisiting the metallics you’ve done!!

  12. Mary says:

    I am painting my bathroom vanity with the Martha Stewart silver glaze, using a dark purple flat coat of paint underneath. I was very excited to see your post. What do you use to apply the both the paint and glaze? I am getting brush strokes that I don’t want. I brushed on the paint then sponged on the glaze and stippled it at the end.

  13. Laura Garza says:

    I absolutely love your work and all the different paint mixtures/textures/depth. I love repurposing furniture whether it is a freebee or something I bought at a garage sale/thrift store. My living room and kitchen both have turquoise accents and I am planning on creating a few more and I absolutely LOVE the shade of turquoise that you have painted on the board behind the new piece. I attached the link below. Can you tell me what the color is and how you antiqued the piece? Any information would be appreciated. Keep up the great work and I’ll keep reading and pinning you!! Thank you for sharing!

  14. […] Metallic Silver, Gold, and Blush Pink-Special Paint Finish […]

  15. Christine says:

    I like the technique you used but I prefer the original look (color & destress) before you painted it.

  16. Peggy says:

    I did a similar finish on a girly side chair with a damaged cane seat. Like you, it took a little doing to get the gold to “act right.” I used a mix of left over old white and emperor’s silk chalk paint, Martha Stewart gold glaze and it still wasn’t right — looked dirty. Then I remembered the rub n buff!