If you love the gilded look, but are nervous about gilding with gold leaf, look no further. This technique couldn’t be easier with the help of Annie Sloan Gilding Wax. Gold, copper or silver – choose a metallic to match your chosen Chalk Paint® colour and then all you need to apply the wax is a lint-free cloth or a small brush. For this particular technique, Annie used two gilding wax colours – a lighter gold on the raised areas and darker in the recesses – for a more three-dimensional or contoured look.
Gilding Wax is particularly good for bringing out ornate carvings and mouldings, enhancing texture and detailing. You can use it on furniture, but you might want to try it on decorative items such as a lamp base or picture frame too.
Step by step guide to using gilding wax on furniture
- Paint your piece of furniture in Chalk Paint® moving your brush in every direction for a textured finish.
- Once the paint has dried, seal it with a coat of Clear Chalk Paint® Wax.
- Apply Annie Sloan Gilding Wax in two colours (e.g. Bright Gold and Warm Gold) building up the wax in layers for an authentic, uneven look.
Gilding Wax is the quickest way to add a touch of metallic to your painted furniture. If you want to try a larger project, you could also try applying a stencil with Gilding Wax, too. There’s plenty of scope for multiple projects – with every tube of Annie Sloan Gilding Wax, there’s enough to cover a whole dining room chair! For more tips and techniques, take a look at our Gilding Wax Fact Sheet to help get you started.
For a more traditional technique, gilding with loose or transfer leaf – brass, silver or copper – is also worth looking into. If you’re curious to find out more, Annie has also created a video tutorial on gilding with transfer leaf for a modern look.