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Easy + Cheap Metallic Furniture

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Metallic finish furniture has been trending for some time now and can be a great addition to any room. Unfortunately, it can also be super expensive or hard to find on a restricted budget, so when I was moving into a new space, I decided to take matters into my own hands with this dresser. Here's what you will need to easily and cheaply make your own metallic furniture:

  • A piece of furniture (I got this dresser on CraigsList for $50)
  • Rub'n'Buff wax medium in color(s) of your choice (This can be found in most art supply stores)
  • An old rag
  • New knobs or drawer pulls to add the finishing touch if you desire

 
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Step 1: Step 1: Prepare your surface

Before you start working on your piece of furniture, there's a few things you should do for ease and best results:

  1. Your painting surface needs to be clean and dry so take a minute to wipe it down with a wet cloth and let it dry or dry it with a towel. For most wood furniture, a paper towel will get little flecks of paper stuck to the wood, so a piece of cloth is a better option.
  2. Remove any knobs/drawer pulls or other things that don't want to be painted.
  3. If you are working on a mirror or other object that has an attached surface that should not be painted, use painter's or masking tape to tape the edges in case you get crazy with your rubbing.
  4. This method is pretty clean compared to most furniture refinishing methods, so you may not need to worry too much about drips, etc, but I laid down some newsprint under my dresser anyway so that when I got down to the feet I could just go for it and not have to worry about marking up the floor.

Oh pretty! I've seen that stuff before, but haven't had an excuse to work with it yet!

cfields101 month ago
This is a great idea. I'm always looking for used furniture but what I find is often too dark for my small spaces. I also have no outdoor space to paint anything and don't want to risk losing my deposit because of paint drips. I will use this on the next piece of used furniture I find. Thanks for the Instructable!