Turquoise Chalk Paint & Gold Metallic Table {makeover details}

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Last week I showed you guys this turquoise chalk paint & gold metallic, jewelry inspired, table makeover.

Turquoise Chalk Paint & Gold Metallic Side Table - Angle Shot - artsychicksrule.com #chalkpaint #goldmetallic #metallicfurniture #turquoise

…and promised to show you the details this week.

Remember, it started out like this:

Turquoise Chalk Paint & Gold Metallic Side Table -Before Side - artsychicksrule.com #chalkpaint #goldmetallic #metallicfurniture #turquoise

Nothing too exciting and certainly in need of some love. As I mentioned in the other post, I originally had something different planned for this table.

But my friends and I were doing a metallic paint challenge (paint a piece of furniture with metallic paint) so I used it for this instead.

I had never really used metallic paint.
Well, to paint furniture anyway. (except spray paint, of course)
I had used it to highlight pieces of metal and such. Works fabulously for that.

Here is what I decided to paint this piece with:

Turquoise & Gold Metallic Side Table - Martha Stewart Paint - Chalk Paint - artsychicksrule.com #metallic #furniture #makeover #chalkpaint

Chosen mainly because I already had it on hand which wasn’t such a great idea because….

….it’s GREAT for what I already mentioned –>giving a light touch of “antique” or gold highlights to metal hardware, etc.

Not so great for actually painting furniture.

Live and learn, right?

Maybe her other colors have better coverage, this shade just did not.

The turquoise was much easier (and better for painting furniture –> Chalk Paint® )

When thinking about metallics, I had originally thought I’d do something along the lines of black and silver.
Or anything with silver.

Definitely not gold. I don’t think I have one gold thing in my home at all.

BUT I do adore gold and turquoise together. Just like the pretty jewelry in the photo.

I went looking for the perfect shade and found this gorgeous blue colored paint chip.
I swiped a bit of the gold across the end and….

Yep. That’s a winner!

I mixed up some Chalk Paint® to match.
I had originally thought I’d need all of these colors to create the turquoise shade.
But in the end, it only took these three–> Florence, Aubusson Blue & Provence.

Turquoise Chalk Paint & Gold Metallic Side Table - Colors - artsychicksrule.com #chalkpaint #goldmetallic #metallicfurniture #turquoise

Turquoise Chalk Paint & Gold Metallic Side Table - Mixing - artsychicksrule.com #chalkpaint #goldmetallic #metallicfurniture #turquoise


Turquoise Chalk Paint & Gold Metallic Side Table -Matching - artsychicksrule.com #chalkpaint #goldmetallic #metallicfurniture #turquoise

I’d say that’s a pretty good match. 😉
And no…I have no clue on the proportions. Sorry! I mixed and mixed until it matched.

That’s usually how I roll. 😉

I can tell you it’s mostly Aubusson Blue, with a bit more Provence than Florence.

I used about 2 coats of that all over (even under where the gold would be as I had an inkling the gold wouldn’t cover well…and if it wasn’t going to cover well I wanted it to look somewhat “patina’d” with the turquoise showing through)

The turquoise got sealed with a coat of Annie Sloan Clear Wax.

Turquoise Chalk Paint & Gold Metallic Side Table -First Coat - artsychicksrule.com #chalkpaint #goldmetallic #metallicfurniture #turquoise

I couldn’t decide what I wanted to do with the top area. I knew I didn’t want to just paint it turquoise and be done.

It needed something.
I considered painting a Greek key design but decided against that.
I finally decided it might be best to just keep it simple, paint it gold and recreate the pin stripe that it had originally…except in the turquoise color.

I taped it off and got it ready for the pin striping.

Turquoise Chalk Paint & Gold Metallic Side Table - Taping for Stripe - artsychicksrule.com #chalkpaint #goldmetallic #metallicfurniture #turquoise

Done…..and almost ready for the gold.

Turquoise Chalk Paint & Gold Metallic Side Table -Painting Top - artsychicksrule.com #chalkpaint #goldmetallic #metallicfurniture #turquoise

Next up…one coat of gold.

Turquoise Chalk Paint & Gold Metallic Side Table - Too See Through Fail - artsychicksrule.com #chalkpaint #goldmetallic #metallicfurniture #turquoise

Yea…not so much. I would need about 5 or 50 coats of that gold to cover fully.
( you like my super fancy Greek key drawing there? haha…I was trying to see if I’d like the look)

The gold was being a bugger so I came up with a better plan.
And really, I knew better. I should have either painted it blue like the rest underneath or used a primer.
But all that thinking about what to do with the top just threw me off!
So I painted it with “Coco” Chalk Paint first (well, second, but before any more gold layers).
Great coverage as you can see below where I’ve started painting it on…

Turquoise Chalk Paint & Gold Metallic Side Table - Coco Primer Coat- artsychicksrule.com #chalkpaint #goldmetallic #metallicfurniture #turquoise

Perfect shade for the underneath…and worked great as a “primer”.

Turquoise Chalk Paint & Gold Metallic Side Table - Ready for Gold - artsychicksrule.com #chalkpaint #goldmetallic #metallicfurniture #turquoise

Wow, right?

Now it’s ready for the gold.

Still took a few coats (but not nearly as many as it would have!) and I finally got it to look like this.

Turquoise Chalk Paint & Gold Metallic Side Table - Gold Top - artsychicksrule.com #chalkpaint #goldmetallic #metallicfurniture #turquoise

Worth it.

I love that gold top. LOVE.

I will say it was not the best product for this project BUT it truly is a gorgeous shade of gold.

Metallic paint is a little bit tougher to work with anyway, in my opinion.
It seems to get streaky and show brush strokes…a lot.

But it all worked out well in the end. :)

The hardware got a little special treatment too.
I didn’t want it to be the same gold color as the rest so I left them aged, as is, and hit them all with a bit of this fabulous “Patina” first…..

Turquoise Chalk Paint & Gold Metallic Side Table -Hardware Effects - artsychicksrule.com #chalkpaint #goldmetallic #metallicfurniture #turquoise

Baroque Art Gilder’s Paste….neat stuff.

(added with a light touch of my fingertips, by the way)
Then I added a bit of the gold over top of that (same gold as the table)…also with my finger tips.
(and exactly the type of thing I usually use this gold paint for)

Turquoise Chalk Paint & Gold Metallic Makeover - Hardware - artsychicksrule.com #chalkpaint #turquoise #gold #metallic


Turquoise Chalk Paint & Gold Metallic Side Table - Close up handle - artsychicksrule.com #chalkpaint #goldmetallic #metallicfurniture #turquoise

In my opinion, that is the exact look the hardware needed.

A bit of patina and a bit of gold.

Turquoise Chalk Paint & Gold Metallic Side Table - Jewelry Inspired Colors - artsychicksrule.com #chalkpaint #goldmetallic #metallicfurniture #turquoise

A jewelry inspired table….turquoise & gold metallic.

Turquoise & Gold Metallic Side Table - Before and After - Chalk Paint  #metallic #furniture #makeover #chalkpaint

It really was a fun little challenge!

Be on the lookout because I have plans to review another metallic paint that I think I am going to be much, much happier with.

Details soon.

For now…another look at this one’s “before and after”.

Turquoise & Gold Metallic Side Table - Before and After - artsychicksrule.com  #metallic #furniture #makeover #chalkpaint

So….metallic paint.

Are you a metallic paint lover? Have you ever painted with it? Own a piece of metallic painted furniture?

I’d love to know what you think if you have or do!

Hope you have a great weekend friends :)

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    • Nancy says

      Hi Karen,
      Yep, I bet it would work but the coverage would have been about the same. It might have helped with brush strokes too but I’m thinking there may have been other issues (bubbles, or tiny spots in the metallic from the roller) BUT definitely worth a try to see! :)


  1. chris aka monkey says

    it looks as good today as last week, i painted a similar table with white chalk paint then painte the legs bottoms in a gold to look like dipped two weeks later my son-in-law whom i love dearly sat on the top of the table and broke it grrrr xx

  2. Gwen says

    I love this new look to what my sister and I , when little girls, called step stool tables! I’m looking forward to what paint to use that really covers without so much work. I had the girl’s white with gold edge furniture (all four of us used it at one time!) that my daughter used when little and I’d paint the trims and knobs pink then blue–I had a lady prime and then paint it with shades of browns and some strait ions of silver and gold. I used some craft paint to add a touch more silver and gold (think hair that’s woven with those aluminum sheets sticking out) and it’s all stayed for three years. But my craft paint were just add ons to the woman’s already striated wood and metallic highlights. I like it because it no longer looks like the little girl furniture of the 1960’s. In 1980 I added a bit of gold. To my painted brown and streaked with darker brown and black to resemble wood. Hmmm. I see a trend going here!! I got the gold at the paint store. It also worked great.

    • Nancy says

      Thanks Gwen!
      Oh, that is so neat and exactly what it looks like!
      Oh I know exactly what kind of furniture you are talking about (your childhood furniture)…it sounds like you made it over and looks great!
      What a fabulous idea! :)


    • Nancy says

      Thanks so much Melanie! :) LOL, yes, I am always mixing something! 😉 This was a first for me with the metallic…and I am looking forward to more.


    • Nancy says

      Thanks Christy! :) I know, I saw that and I couldn’t believe how great yours covered. I think it is just this particular color. It was such a pain!! lol I love that silver you used. Your table was gorgeous!

  3. Karen H. says

    Hi, Nancy! I hadn’t realized before that the top was painted gold. I don’t know how I missed that one! But I LOVE it! I really like metallics, so I think it was a great touch! I know it was a pain to paint, but oh, so worth it in the end. The table really is gorgeous!

    I would actually really love to have bedside tables in our master in a metallic paint! xo, K

  4. Susan says

    Beautiful table, it turned out really well! I love what you did with the top!

    I’ve done several pieces using metallic paint… my favorite brand is Modern Masters. I think it covers well and their colors are stunning. I’ve used the Martha Stewart metallic too, but I think MM is a superior product.

    By the way, your table is what’s known as a “step table.” I just re-did one myself with Annie Sloan chalk-paint.

    Keep up the amazing work!

    • Nancy says

      HI Susan and thanks!!! :) I love this little table but have since sold it since I am out of room in my home.
      And yep, I hadn’t used MM at the time but have since. I have to agree with you! MM is so much better. :)
      Step table…thanks for the info! How fun that you also paint. It’s so addicting isn’t it?
      Have a great weekend! xo

      • Susan says

        Yeah, I’ve been painting furniture for as long as I can remember but always used latex until I delved into the wonderful world of chalk-paint and that was all she wrote. haha! I always rehabbed furniture for myself and family, but about a year ago, I began consigning with a local furniture store and I just LOVE IT! I can fulfill my passion for reviving vintage furniture without cluttering up my home too much and putting a little extra cash in my pocket. It’s my empty-nest therapy now that my son is all grown up. haha!!!

        Thanks again for the wonderful post!

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  1. […] I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® for the turquoise (mixed Aubusson Blue, Florence and Provence). Beautiful, easy, great coverage….perfect. The gold metallic was Martha Stewart’s Metallic paint….not so much. Perfect for small (very small) things and what I originally bought it for–>antiquing and adding a bit of zing to metal hardware and such) I’ll have a post up on the blog next week with more details about this entire makeover. (see it –>here) […]

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