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Gold picture frame - I want a different color

Posted by ladynimue (My Page) on
Wed, Jul 18, 07 at 17:05

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.

Thanks!!


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RE: Gold picture frame - I want a different color

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.


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RE: Gold picture frame - I want a different color

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.

--Jenn


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RE: Gold picture frame - I want a different color

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!


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RE: Gold picture frame - I want a different color

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.


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RE: Gold picture frame - I want a different color

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?)


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RE: Gold picture frame - I want a different color

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!


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RE: Gold picture frame - I want a different color

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.

--Jenn


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RE: Gold picture frame - I want a different color

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.

Luvs


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RE: Gold picture frame - I want a different color

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 :)


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RE: Gold picture frame - I want a different color

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!!!


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