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Furniture Chest Simply Painted White With Gold Metallic Knobs

How to paint a chest of drawers white and spray paint knobs with metallic gold spray paint.

The combination of Rustoleum metallic gold spray paint and glossy white paint is a winner….clean and classy. When you see how I used the gold spray paint, I think you’ll be impressed. I know I am. I’m patting myself on the back and eating a piece of chocolate.


mid century modern type furniture

This is how the chest of drawers looked before the makeover. It’s a really cheap mid-century modern imitation….not the real thing so please don’t go all crazy on me.

I paid $40 for the chest at a local indoor flea market. My plan was to remove the original knobs and pulls and find new knobs after the paint makeover. More on that later.

Glidden Gripper Primer

After some thought, I decided to go with glossy white paint for the makeover. The paint I selected for the top coat is white semi-gloss paint left over from a past home improvement paint project. 

one coat of Glidden Gripper Primer on furniture

But first, I wanted to apply a coat of primer. I only brushed on one coat of primer. The primer provides a nice base for the top coat.

looking at the inside of a dresser

I wanted you guys to see the inside of the chest. See the thin wood drawer glides on the sides, and there are no cross pieces on the front of the chest between each drawer. It is not the highest quality furniture, although it is real wood.

painting a dresser

The semi-gloss paint was leaving a lot of brush marks, so as I do sometimes, I did my own thing. I worked with what I had and figured out the best way to lessen the brush marks. I was out of small sponge rollers, so there was no rolling happening. I used my brush to put paint globs (technical term) on the dresser.

using a paint edger to paint furniture

Then, I used my paint edger to smooth out the paint. Genius huh! Usually, you dip the edger in the tray of paint and then apply the paint to the surface, but I couldn’t fit the edger in the paint bowl. We use this edger when painting interior walls. It’s great for cutting in along the baseboards and ceiling.

After my workaround, the brush marks were still noticeable, but not much. You guys know that flat paint is the best for not showing brush marks, right? If you didn’t before, you know now. The semi-gloss paint I used, besides being semi-gloss, was old. I finally thinned it some with water.

Rustoleum Metallic Gold paint for furniture knobs

Moving on to the Rustoleum gold metallic spray paint. In order to give this piece a modern look, I did away with the original hardware. I looked through my knob stash but didn’t see anything I liked. I always have wood knobs, so I found eight the same size and spray painted them with the Rust-Oleum metallic gold paint.

Spray paint furniture legs metallic gold and paint the furniture white for a nice contrast

But I didn’t stop there. The legs got a coat of spray paint too. I turned the chest upside down to make the job easier.

Rustoleum Metallic Gold Spray Paint For Furniture Makeovers

How about those legs?? All dressed up. You don’t have to go crazy with metallic paint. Just a bit can have a big impact.

How To Use Metallic Gold Spray Paint


How do you like the gold knobs vs. the original hardware? Most of the time, I don’t care for the two-knob look in place of one drawer pull in the middle, but sometimes it works. I think painting the legs gold gave the chest a balanced look since the two knobs on the top drawer are set wide.

how to spray paint wood knobs with metallic paint

The simple white paint finish without distressing is a classic look. I know it’s hard for y’all to believe I didn’t distress the heck out of that paint.

white paint with metallic gold paint is a beautiful paint combination for furniture

Am I the only one who likes this look? You can be totally honest with your opinion as long as you are thoughtful and tactful in your reply. Don’t worry about hurting my feelings. I’m tough….and I do like hearing your views.

paint furniture metallic gold and white

Have a great day, and as always, thanks for being here, Kathy.

Kathy Owen founder of Petticoat Junktion
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Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. It’s hard to believe just simple paint can transform the piece like it did! Definitely better than the mid-century look. Clean and simple.

  2. Love that! The old mid-century gems hold a lot of clothing – much more so than the thin, numerous drawers on those triple dressers! I love the un-distressed paint job. The gold pops – especially since you did the legs. Now, what are you going to with the old drawer pulls? I know you kept them!