All that Glitters…

Happy Monday, friends!  I’m still feeling a little hole in my heart (and schedule) by not hosting Give Me the Goods on Mondays any more, but I am very pleased to have the opportunity to share more fabulous projects with you all.  And what better way to start off the week than with a double makeover?!  I’ve finally decorated the nook that overlooks our stairwell, which I’m excited to show you, and I have an easy tutorial for you today: using wax to gild a frame.

Give an old, tired, or out-of-date frame an instant facelift using gold wax!  See full tutorial at www.maisondepax.com

As you know, I’m thrilled to be part of the Country Chic Paint blog squad, and I was even more thrilled when they let me try their gold wax.  It. is. amazing.  I’ve gilded frames in the past (and I still love them!), but it took several coats of paint in different colors and included the drying time in between coats.  For this frame, it took about 1.5 minutes to brush gold wax on, and here comes my confession: I didn’t even wait for it to dry!  I grabbed the frame by the hanging wire and put it on the wall.  Done.  And here it is in its new home:

Give an old, tired, or out-of-date frame an instant facelift using gold wax!  See full tutorial at www.maisondepax.com

This space has been a little neglected since we moved in.  It’s a lovely window, allowing beautiful natural light into the stairwell (and, of course, making photographing the nook almost impossible because it’s the only natural light in the space!).  But it was low on the priority list…  I find it so peaceful now, though…

Give an old, tired, or out-of-date frame an instant facelift using gold wax!  See full tutorial at www.maisondepax.com

Especially with my orange blossoms from our backyard on the faux oxidized side table I did last fall.

Give an old, tired, or out-of-date frame an instant facelift using gold wax!  See full tutorial at www.maisondepax.com

And though pink is not usually my color of choice, I couldn’t resist the down-filled chaise that belonged to my grandmother (it is truly the most comfortable thing EVER).  Maybe a recovering is in its future, but for the meantime, I complemented it with this beautiful photograph I took in Paris in its new gilded frame.

Give an old, tired, or out-of-date frame an instant facelift using gold wax!  See full tutorial at www.maisondepax.com

Speaking of which, would you like a tutorial?  Step by step instructions?  Here they are:

Using a stiff brush, rub the wax where you want it.

That’s it!  See how it transforms the flat brown into rich, golden goodness?

Give an old, tired, or out-of-date frame an instant facelift using gold wax!  See full tutorial at www.maisondepax.com

The lighting truly doesn’t do the frame justice.  Now it has that layered, textured look of an aged gilded frame… the type you might find in a little Parisian apartment overlooking those cherry blossom trees.

Give an old, tired, or out-of-date frame an instant facelift using gold wax!  See full tutorial at www.maisondepax.com

How can you beat a gorgeous makeover that takes mere minutes?  If you like this, you may also like my other Country Chic Paint projects.  What would you like to gild?  I’m warning you… it’s addictive!

Disclaimer: As a part of the Country Chic Paint blogger squad, I do receive compensation in the form of goods and products from Country Chic Paint, but, as always, all opinions are 100% my own!

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Comments

  1. Hi,

    Do you know if this would work on metal? I have a night stand lamp that is silver, and I would like to make it gold and give it an antique look.

    Thanks!

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Hi Ceyda, I have not tried this particular wax on metal, but I have used waxes on metal in the past with good success. The only issue will be the silver showing through… You might try some gold wax and some dark brown wax in various layers, that might cover up enough of the silver. Alternatively, you could try painting the lamp a darker color first and then using the wax to gild it. I hope this helps! :)

  2. Rachel, this looks amazing and you’re right I don’t think it could be any simpler :-) I can’t wait to try it out on some frames that need a little glam.

  3. I JUST ordered the Country Chic Gold Wax a few days ago…now I’m so excited for it to arrive!!

  4. It looks gorgeous Rachel- I ordered that same wax and can’t wait to give it a try!!

  5. Beautiful tutorial – pinned this!

  6. This is gorgeous. I bought some but havn’t used it yet. Thanks for the inspiration. Hugs, Marty

  7. I love grannies old chaise lounge , pink and all LOL

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Haha. Thanks! It’s pretty fabulous… and the stairwell nook is actually a great place for it since you can’t see any of the other rooms in my house from there! 😉

  8. Stephanie says:

    I have 2 pictures that have wooden frames that were painted an ugly green. Do you think I could use the wax right over it without removing the paint?

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Great question, Stephanie! Unfortunately, the wax is not totally opaque. It could certainly tone down the green (and with 2-3 coats potentially cover quite a bit), but I’m guessing the green will still peek through. You could certainly try if you wanted, but if you hate the color, you might be happier if you slap a quick coat of black or brown on them before waxing. The nice thing is that if you plan to gild with the wax, your paint coat doesn’t need to be perfect!

  9. Hello, I found this project at The Scoop Link Party. I can’t wait to try this! After browsing your site a bit, I was excited to add you to my blog reader.

    Also, I absolutely loved the photo in this tutorial. Would you consider selling a print?

    Fingers crossed!

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      I am SO glad you came by, Gayle! And I’m honored to be added to your reader. :) As for the photo, you are just barely ahead of me… I’m currently in the process of setting up an Etsy store to sell digital prints of quite a few of my photographs, including the one in this post. I promise a big announcement about it to come in the next week or two. Will that work? Take care!

  10. This looks like the perfect way to reguild antique coffee table and end tables – family heirlooms! How does the wax stand up to dusting and cleaning? I use Liquid Gold when I dust to keep the wood moist.
    Thanks so much

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      That is a great question, Ellen! I’m not sure I would recommend it for a large piece of furniture like a table. This wax starts as a very subtle look, and to get a fully opaque gold look, it requires a LOT of coats. If you want to gild a larger piece, I would probably suggest rub n buff. You can find a tutorial where I use this product here. Hope this helps!

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