Adding Subtle Gold and Silver Accents

by | Jan 31, 2016

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We were asked to locate and custom paint a LARGE desk that would be used as a make-up/dressing room vanity.  This client found that a normal sized vanity just did not offer her enough space for all of her product (something I cannot EVEN imagine as I am the most basic with my morning routine)!  So we began the search and located a gorgeous and LARGE MARGE executive desk (as in 5ft long  x 3 ft deep) with a feminine flair BUT…it had no mirror….kind of an important feature when doing make-up and hair.  We actually had a mirror in stock that we felt was perfect and our client agreed as soon as she saw this picture!  She was sold!  And we kinda thought it rocked too….

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Time to get busy with Dixie Belle Paint…..starting with my favorite smooth and creamy BOSS primer in white. Applying it on the desk and mirror was quick and easy!

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Time to lay down some color…and I mean COLOR!!!

Seriously folks….check out this dreamy violet that my client chose!

Introducing a Dixie Belle custom Mauve blend…with a 50/50 mix of Peony and Lucky Lavender.

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I first covered this entire desk, all drawers and the mirror with two coats of my newly created mauve paint.

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My client had a difficult time deciding on silver or gold trim…as she preferred silver but had vintage gold brush holders and accessories that would sit on the piece.  

So I suggested we do a wash of gold and silver accents …and again she was sold!  I didn’t want a complete coverage…but more of a rub or wash…but I still needed it to be powerful and brilliant.  So I turned to Rub ‘n Buff.  If you haven’t tried this before….it’s time!  

This stuff is so much fun….and you will be tempted to use it on everything.  And talk about easy???  It’s SO easy!  

I started with the Silver Leaf Rub

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.  I have used this for years and have my own special little way of applying it.  I will do my best to explain that to you in just a bit.  So I lightly rubbed silver over all areas of trim on the desk.

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I rubbed every single curve of the mirrors carvings with the silver.  I really wanted to accentuate the mirror so I went much heavier here than on the desk.

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This technique of adding gold and silver accents is so fast and so easy…..and so effective for a glamorous look.  Still in progress here on the mirror….

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Don’t plan on going anywhere too fancy a few days after though….this stuff is a beast to remove from your hands!

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Now I want to bring in those subtle gold highlights.  I am drawn to gold….and had to work really hard to not allow it to overpower the silver.  I naturally want to slather on gold of any type!  But I managed to keep it at a light simple swipe of Rub ‘n Buff Gold Leaf

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…and this seemed to be perfect! The two colors show beautifully here….

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And look at this side-by-side comparison with and without gold here…..everything needs a little gold…right???  So I continued this same technique over the entire desk and mirror with both gold and silver accents.

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And then I did the same thing on the hardware.  I covered with silver…and slightly accented with the gold.  Here is another comparison for you…..

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Now this is where I will try to explain my process of applying it with my finger….

I am right-handed and I hold the little tube in my left hand.  I then squeeze a tiny amount out of the tube and swipe it off the tip with my right forefinger (is that your pointer finger???  I use my pointer finger).

I then take that small amount that is sitting on the tip of my pointer finger and wipe it on the thumb pad of my left hand (sort of like my palette).  You can see in the pic below exactly where I wipe it.  I just sort of smear it out here lightly…and rub it onto the piece…and come back to my thumb pad for reloading until I don’t feel much there and then I take more from the tip again.  The reason I do this….is it keeps what you are applying as “fluid”.  If you just smash on the entire blob that you have just taken off the tip…it will be thicker and deeper in that area.  

This product is meant to use quickly and has very little play-time before it sets.  So I have no idea if this makes sense to you….but it really is so important…let me know if I need to add a little video clip of this process.

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So the hardware is complete and drying.

I waited overnight before I applied Dixie Belle Clear Coat in Satin.  The topcoat is a must to seal the surface of the porous chalk type paint.  I lightly sanded the surface with a fine-grit sanding block prior to adding the topcoat.  I apply my top coats with a brush…and I don’t freak out about brush marks.  I’m a brush painter…and a BY-HAND brush painter…and I don’t mind brush marks.  If people want a perfect factory finish….they need to shop in the big boxes.  My pieces have brush marks….and they are charming!  I applied two thin coats with a dry time of about an hour in between.  I’m impatient…but it works over here:).  I love these topcoats!!!  Why did I wait overnight before applying the topcoat?  Well…the paint really requires some curing time…but in this situation…it was due to the silver and gold rub.  This stuff sets quickly as your applying it and isn’t very forgiving.  If you apply a topcoat over it without waiting several hours IT WILL S-M-E-A-R!  Not kidding!

So top coats applied….hardware in place…and here she is!  One big bold sassy woman!

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Thank you for stopping by and meeting Vintage Violet…..and for trying to imagine my gold/silver rub ‘n buff process. I’d love to see anything you add gold and silver accents to.

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Tracey

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20 Comments

  1. Heather

    She’s a glamourous beauty! Love Rub n Buff, and the way you layered the metallics is awesome!

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  2. Sue McNeill

    Beautiful painting and I love the touch of silver and gold!!! The piece is one beautiful, very large vanity!!

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  3. S Cotnam

    I was told you don’t seal rub n buff because it is a wax. Can you poly your piece then put on the rub n buff & that be it?

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    • Tracey Bellion

      You are correct in that you do not NEED to seal Rub N Buff. You most certainly can seal your furniture first and then accent with the gilding wax. It needs about 24 hours to cure….or it will smear. So whether you are applying sealer or not…it needs to be left to cure before touching or brusing over. I hope that helps! ANd THANK YOU for reading and commenting!!!

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      • Just John

        In my past I had students that used this and I had always sprayed a gloss finish over the Rubb n Buff!
        Now I’m wondering if I didn’t read the instructions correctly.

        P. S. How many picture did you take before lowering you position to keep from being reflected in the mirror?
        Great job, Tracey!

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  4. Tami Neff

    Love your techniques. ❤️

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    • Tracey Bellion

      Thank you Tami! And thank you for joining me here and commenting!

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  5. Leslie Berardi

    This is Beautiful! – thank you for sharing, I have a large armorer that is so dark and wanted to lighted it up with chalk paint and also use the rub n buff, but haven’t tackled it yet – (a year later) because I was afraid to apply the rub n buff thinking if I put the wax or vax on top it would smear – well you cleared that up very well for me – I thank you again, maybe this winter I will try & paint the armorer.

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    • Tracey Bellion

      Thank you for your super kind words!! I wish you the very best in skill and fun while tackling your project! I’m here if I can help in any way!!

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  6. DiB

    Beautiful…. and very talented!
    I may have a tip or two to help remove the metallic cream from your hands.
    1) there are wipes called Grime Boss ( Loew’s) that are realy pretty fool[roof in removing paint etc from your hands. I use them to remove stain from my hands after working with it.
    2) also, effective is “washing” your hands with cooking oil…I also use this to remove stain from my hands ..it is foolproof.

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  7. Gilda

    Where can I buy the silver paint?

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    • Tracey Bellion

      Hello…
      I purchase the Rub n Buff line at Hobby Lobby and Michaels…..but I am sure it is available on Amazon also. I hope that helps! Thanks for stopping by!
      Tracey

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  8. Johanna

    OK – I have NEVER seen what I’m about to tell you ANYWHERE – but it WORKS, and it WORKS 100% of the time with 100% of types of paints.

    You ready…..wait for it…..

    BUTTER

    Yes, butter will remove ALL types of hard to remove paints from your skin. I actually discovered this trick by accident after having gone to a BBQ after having tried for HOURS to get spray paint off of my hands…. then I picked up a piece of corn on the cobb, and smothered it in butter…. as I was eating, I used a napkin as corn dripping with butter tends to be b it messy… and VOILA! I notice that all of the paint is coming off into the napkin. In a few moments, ALL of the paint was gone.

    I was so afraid of this being a fluke, but next time, I cut a pat of butter and rubbed it into my hands, then wiped them on a paper towel…and AGAIN…. POOF – all of the paint came off….

    After a few years, I have yet to find a paint that ISN’T removed with just plain ole’ butter.

    PLEASE write me and let me know how it works for you! We really need to get this TRICK out there!!!!

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    • Tracey Bellion

      lolololol! Okay Johanna….you have my curiosity! I am going to try this for sure!!!! If it works I will let you know….and then share it with the world! I am rolling with laughter at your description and excitement! I”ll be in touch!

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      • Ramona

        My brother-in-law is a professional painter and he taught me any type of oil, vegetable oil, olive oil and grease will remove all paints and all stains. I use what I have on hand.
        Great job Tracey!

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  9. Virginia

    Its pretty as its my favorite color. But liked it better before.

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  10. Heidi Skinner

    Hi Tracey,
    This was a beautiful job you did. I was wondering can I send you some pictures of some furniture for you to give me paint and finish ideas to try?
    Heidi

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  11. Cindy mcdevitt

    Wow, I have an ancient bedroom set that looks so much like this from my grandmother. Looking forward to trying this. Beautiful.

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  12. Ronda

    Hello, Thanks for the tips.. I also love the create beautiful things from old pieces..curious as to why you used the blue on the flat part of the dresser?? The lavender with the gold and silver is stunning..!

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