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Paint A Metallic Gold Stripe On Furniture

It’s easy to paint a metallic gold stripe on furniture and I’m going to show you how to do it. The little metallic gold stripe took this chest of drawers from being just another black piece of furniture to a statement piece. I wasn’t sure how the spray paint would work for painting the stripe but it worked perfectly!

I love black furniture. Black adds drama to just about anything and definitely draws your eye. But I get tired of doing the usual stuff, so decided to experiment. How about painting a stripe on one of the drawers?

mahogany chest of drawers before paint

You guys will remember this piece I bought at a local used furniture store. It was $85, a bit over what I normally pay. I couldn’t pass on that curvy front or the legs and I love the look of chest-on-chest pieces. You can see it needed some work.


tape drawer sides for neat line

One thing I like to do before painting the drawers is to tape off the sides so I have a nice neat paint line. Looks much more professional. I also cover the hardware screw holes on the inside of the drawer with painter’s tape. That keeps the paint from leaking into the drawer.

Products used in this project:
Beyond Paint – Licorice
RustOleum Metallic Rose Gold Spray Paint
Bar Keepers Friend

Beyond Paint Licorice color

I chose Beyond Paint for this project. The paint is a primer, paint, and sealer all in one. I love the sheen…not flat….and not shiny. The color is Licorice, a rich black.

I have to say this paint is my go-to when black is the color choice. For whites, reds, and blues, I use latex paint or special furniture paints but for black, I always go with Beyond Paint.

painting a nice straight line on furniture

I applied two coats of paint. The first coat covered really well but I always miss spots here and there and the second coat catches those missed areas.

Furniture makeover using black paint

While the paint was drying, I went to work on the drawer pulls. My first plan was to leave the original hardware with the aged patina. But then I remembered everyone talking about a product that takes all that tarnish off.

original brass furniture pulls to be cleaned with Bar Keepers Friend

And if I were going to paint a bright metallic gold stripe on the chest of drawers, the furniture pulls would not look very good at all.

Barkeepers Friend for cleaning vintage furniture hardware

The product I used to clean and shine the drawer pulls is called Bar Keepers Friend. It did take a bit of rubbing with a rag and a toothbrush to make the pulls look like new again.

Use Barkeepers Friend and a toothbrush to clean and shine old furniture pulls

The chest has 15 drawer pulls! It took a good two hours to clean those things but it was worth it. I even got the JTS to help me clean the pulls. He never minds helping me out. There might be just a bit of tarnish remaining here and there but not enough to notice.

Frogtape for painting a stripe on furniture

I let the black paint dry overnight then applied FrogTape to the second drawer of the chest. I put two strips of tape on the top edge and two on the bottom edge of the drawer.

I didn’t want to worry about getting spray paint on any of the black paint, so the drawer front was completely covered with painters tape except for where the stripe was going to be.

Rustoleum Metallic Rose gold paint for the furniture stripe

Next, I sprayed the taped-off area for the stripe with Rust-Oleum Metallic Spray Paint in Rose Gold. I applied three light coats, waiting a few minutes between each coat of paint. The metallic paint has maybe just a hint of rose but not much. It’s just a pretty shiny gold color.

How to paint a metallic gold stripe on a chest of drawers or dresser

How easy was that? The most time-consuming part of this project was the hardware. Removing the 15 drawer pulls, cleaning them, and putting them all back on took some time. But I’m glad I shined them up.

Rustoleum Metallic Gold Spray Paint furniture project

Do you like the shiny pulls or do you prefer the aged patina? Do you think I should have painted stripes on all the drawers?

how to add glamour to furniture with a gold stripe

I have to say I’m patting myself on the back over this project. I liked the chest of drawers and so did the JTS. We decided to keep it and move it into our bedroom to replace an old chest of drawers.

Black furniture with gold stripes

This is how the chest of drawers looks in the bedroom. Using metallic gold accents in the decor really makes that gold stripe pop as does the black paint.

How to paint stripes on furniture

Since I painted this chest almost five years ago we have updated our bedroom completely….new paint for walls, new curtains, newly painted furniture, new padded headboard, new ceiling fan……the works. You can see the new look here…..Brown Master Bedroom Paint And Decor Ideas Before And After


Paint metallic stripes on furniture using spray paint

Time to visit my friends on tour and check out their fantastic makeovers. Just click the pink text links below.

1. Prodigal Pieces
2. Girl In The Garage
3. Confessions Of A Serial Diy’er
4. The Interior Frugalista
5. Just The Woods

I’m working on a new paint project, a table and chairs, post coming soon. As always, thanks for being here, Kathy

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. POP ! goes the WOW factor ! What an incredible transformation, very inspiring… Thank you for the share Kathy.

  2. Stunning! By the way, Barkeeper’f Friend is good on rust spots in a bath or shower. It’s a wonderful product!

  3. The wood looks mahogany. Did you shellac or use stainblocker? Or did the black paint prevent the bleed through?

  4. Kathy, this is GORGEOUS! I can’t believe how much impact one stripe makes. Feeling inspired to be more creative with my furniture fixes. Love it:) #fridaysfurniturefix

  5. Thanks so much for sharing this amazing makeover at Fridays Furniture FIx Kathy, wonderful design it really grabs your attention with that sexy sleek velvety black complimented by the bright pop of gold bling applied in all the right places. Marvelous work and it’s this week’s featured project!

  6. Oh, that looks so awesome! I love the elegant shape of the dresser and the glamorous style you gave it.

  7. Wow Kathy! I really adore this makeover what a stunner! Grabs one’s attention with finesse and elegance, really a beautiful job!

  8. I love this. Thanks the black and gold are so elegant. I prefer the hardware shined up. Beautiful piece.

  9. Kathy, I’m in love with that gold bling. You did great! And I did’t know about Bar Keeper could be used for cleaning brass

  10. Wow, turned out gorgeous! This is the very same furniture we had in military housing in Alaska! We had the matching bedside table as well as the same chest of drawers, including those pulls! Would love to have that and redo it like you did! That is very solid furniture, no crappy MDF anywhere in it.

  11. The dresser came out beautiful. I love the way that you took the time to shine all of the hardware. The handles sparkle.

  12. Thanks Fonda! I think we’re keeping this piece. When we get it in the house I’ll share more photos.

  13. With this project, you couldn’t help but go shiny! This is an excellent piece…and so elegant!

  14. Wow! Just wow! With all the the destressed pieces flooding the DIY market, this piece is a welcome relief! I’m curious…in the before before photo there appears to be a long gouge/scratch on the side. Did you fill it in?

  15. I changed my comment name from The JR aka Ramona
    to Broken Bit Mosaics

    I hope you have a happy weekend.

  16. I’m still amazed at the power of paint, even though I paint furniture myself and also do artwork and decorating. The reveal is my favorite part-even when you know it will be pretty, one comes along that is just – WOW – and you definitely have one of those here!!!! Very creative makeover, thank you for sharing.

  17. Wonderful! It may be popular to paint old furniture bright bold (loud) colors, but not every piece deserves that treatment. You took a beautiful piece of furniture and made it beautiful in a whole new way! Thanks for sharing.

  18. When I read the first lines of your post about a “metallic gold stripe” I thought whatever she’s applied that to, I’m not going to like! Then…. I saw the completed project and I was astounded at how stunning that stripe is with the black. I think it is just what that big old dresser needed–a focal point! And I do think cleaning the hardware was the right thing to do because it compliments the gold stripe better than the tarnished patina would have. All in all, you created a very rich-looking piece of furniture.

  19. Ooh, I do love that style of dresser! You made it sleek and unexpected Kathy. Love the gold and black together. xo

  20. Wow, looks amazing. U love the gold stripe and polishing up the pulls paid off. Great job.

  21. Oh my Kathy, do I LOVE what you did with this dresser! The black color gave it such classy look but the gold stripe and pulls took it to another level. I’ve said it before, I always admire how you step outside of the box. Pinning

  22. Wow that is one impressive piece of furniture. It really stands out now!

  23. Kathy, I love this makeover. She is a very different and elegant dresser! The rose gold stripe and the original hardware all cleaned up works perfectly!

  24. i love the entire piece! i always feel so daunted when there are so many drawer pulls! it seems like new ones add too much to the selling cost of a piece. i think the shiny brass looks great and the accent gold stripe really pulls it together!

  25. What a great save on this piece, Kathy!! I love the lines of this piece and $85 was a great deal for it! XO

  26. Love the rose gold and shiny drawer pulls. You made some great decisions on this one.

  27. It looks lovely Kathy! Always impressed with your furniture makeovers – they are inspiring.

  28. I have never commented on your blog before but you did a great job on this project. I love it. The gold stripe is so unique and definitely the shiny drawer pulls are a perfect combination.

  29. I love the gold stripe. It looks really good.
    The piece of furniture is a great piece.

  30. WOW!!! Completely SASSY and CLASSY! I adore this makeover and thank you for all the details!!

  31. Shazaaam!! Love that sleek new look, Kathy! And the gold stripe was the perfect touch.

  32. Love it!! So unique. And I definitely prefer the shined pulls, matches the gold stripe. 🙂