Gold picture frame - I want a different color

ladynimueJuly 18, 2007

Hi everyone! I know nothing about craft painting so I appreciate your help with this.

I found a picture with a gold frame (wood). I want to add black to it, but still have some of the gold show through. What product should I use to do this? I'm guessing it would be something I could rub in, or brush on and rub off, but I don't know what to use.


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Maybe someone else knows better than I. I have done the same, used watered down craft paint, rubbed on, wiped off. Repeat if not enough black coverage. I guess you could also use a dry brush technique.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2007 at 9:24AM
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I've used the same technique SisterSunnie has. It works well, mutes the gold. If you're interested more in having it a solid black and less translucence, with almost "chippy" areas of gold, I'd say rub candle wax fairly heavily on edged areas of the frame, use your craft paint over the whole thing, and then rub away the waxed areas. That works pretty well too.


    Bookmark   July 19, 2007 at 12:07PM
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Nice table legs Robolady - I like how you framed them.

I tried using some black stain on the frame last night, but that didn't work. Thanks for the tips on getting the look I want. I must have some black craft paint around here somewhere!

    Bookmark   July 19, 2007 at 4:06PM
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This may be too late for you, but there is a product called Rub 'n Buff which is supposed to be good. I haven't tried it yet but plan to when the right project appears. It comes in many metallics, colors, and ebony which looks like black to me.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2007 at 8:19PM
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Not too late Luckygal :) I think the kids used all the black craft paint. I'm going to run over to Hobby Lobby tomorrow and I'll see if they have the Rub n Buff (sounds sinfully fun, doesn't it?)

    Bookmark   July 19, 2007 at 8:46PM
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I use shoe dye for things like that and have had good luck. It has a nice sheen when it dries. If I want it thicker in some places, I just put it on evenly and then quickly rub out the places that I want more gold to show through. If I want a thinner coat of color all over, I use wax shoe polish and buff it well!

    Bookmark   July 20, 2007 at 12:56PM
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Jaybird, that's a good idea... It seems like such a natural choice, shoe polish, but I don't know if I've ever heard anybody else say they used it before for that.


    Bookmark   July 24, 2007 at 1:58PM
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Jaybird is right. The wax shoe polish would add color and be able to be buffed to a nice sheen when dry too.

One of the published primative painters always added burnt umber paint to paste car polish to antique her pieces.


    Bookmark   July 26, 2007 at 1:28AM
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I'm going to try the wax shoe polish tonight and I'll let you all know how it works. I've used it before to freshen up our bathroom cabinets - worked great. If the polish doesn't work then I have some black interior house paint that I'll mix with some water. I never did make it over to the craft store for paint :)

    Bookmark   July 26, 2007 at 12:00PM
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The shoe polish didn't work. I ended up using some black interior paint and wiping some of it off. Looks great!

Thanks everyone for all the help and tips!!!

    Bookmark   July 29, 2007 at 11:07AM
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