From Free to Fabulous: Gold Dipped Dining Chair

Gold-dipped dining chair tutorial

It is a well known fact that anything dipped in gold becomes immediately luxurious. Seriously...when have you ever seen something that was gold-dipped and wasn't fabulous? Well...don't answer that. I can think of some things that shouldn't be dipped in gold...but a dining chair is not one of them.

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Gold-dipped dining chair tutorial

Back in March, I stumbled across a dining chair and a nightstand being thrown out at a dumpster. I immediately texted Jeremy because somehow they ended up in my car. Oops. The chair turned into the perfect addition to my sewing table and also can be moved around the room to my keyboard when I sit down to write songs. I chose the lazy-girl's route to a painted chair. I didn't prime. I didn't do multiple coats. I simply: 1. Lightly sanded the chair with 220-grit sandpaper 2. Wiped it down 3. Spray painted one good coat

Gold-dipped dining chair tutorial
Gold-dipped dining chair tutorial
Gold-dipped dining chair tutorial
Gold-dipped dining chair tutorial
Gold-dipped dining chair tutorial

Doesn't get much simpler than that! I chose Valspar paint + primer which made my job so easy. I originally envisioned a dark gray color, but I didn't see a good charcoal at Lowe's in the Valspar spray paint, so on a whim I chose the color Cobalt Cannon. I tend to love gray-blues, and this one is indeed lovely. For the gold dipping, all it took was some of Martha Stewart's Metallic Gold Craft Paint, a small craft paint brush, and some 3M painter's tape. I measured 5 inches from the bottom of the legs and wrapped the tape all the way around the leg. Then using a simple craft paint brush, I painted the gold. It took three good coats. I let each dry about an hour in between. Immediately after applying coat #3, I removed the tape.

The tape removed a bit of the gloss from the spray paint. I might go over it with a glossy top coat in the future, but it is barely noticeable, so for now I am leaving it.

Gold-dipped dining chair tutorial
Gold-dipped dining chair tutorial
Gold-dipped dining chair tutorial
Gold-dipped dining chair tutorial
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Gold-dipped dining chair tutorial

I mostly use this chair with my little sewing table, so I decided to gold dip those legs as well using the same method. The result is what I had hoped for! Now that I have gold-dipped once, maybe I can find other things that need some glam. Like a vase. Or an entire dresser.

Until next time,

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