Years ago, back around the time I got married, I went through a stage where I avoided gold. I didn’t want to wear my gold jewelry, I refused to register for china with gold detailing, I tore through my house eradicating gold accents as quickly as I could. A decade later and a decade wiser, and I’ve realized a few things about the queen of all metals. I have realized that gold… as a jewelry, as a detail in china, and yes, as a home decorating accent… is a classic. On my wish list this Christmas is a pair of simple gold stud earrings. As much as I love the china that we registered for when Mike and I got married, I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t sometimes wish I’d chosen something with a gold accent instead of the silver we selected. And, here I am, 12 years and 3 houses later, embracing the gold-toned accents in my home instead of trying to abolish them. At the moment, I’m especially drawn to the combination of gold and rich, deep and dark colors like navy, charcoal and chocolate brown.
That about face where gold is concerned is part of the reason why I was excited about taking on today’s Makeover Monday feature. A client brought me 2 side tables, handed down from her husband’s grandmother.
She liked the lines and the size of the tables, but the dated wood finish didn’t fit her style or her home. She had the idea to paint the tables a deep shade of brown and add gold accenting to strategic areas on the table tops and sides.
That left me doing one of the favorite parts of my job… taking a vision that a client has and figuring out how to execute it. In this case, step one was finding the right shade of brown. It’s interesting to me that among all of the “furniture” paints available on the market these days, that it’s hard to find a good, deep, classic chocolate brown. I did a little searching and ended up choosing a shade from one of my favorite sources – General Finishes Milk Paint. Their Outback Brown shade was the perfect brown for this project… deep and dark… a classic brown. A couple of coats on each end table gave me the base to add the gold detailing… something that I achieved by using AMACO’s Rub ‘n Buff in Antique Gold.
It was easy to decide how to add the detailing on the table top… the inset border around the perimeter was filled with the Antique Gold wax. It gave the top personality and pop without being overwhelming. Gold detailing was added to the perimeter of each drawer as well as the inset grooves in each leg. The existing hardware was given a facelift with a bit of Rub ‘n Buff as well.
To finish each table, a coat of clear wax was applied followed by dark wax to add age and play up the details on the tables. A final coat of clear wax sealed everything and the tables were ready to head back home.
So, you know how I feel about gold these days, but tell me… do you agree? Do you love gold accents in your home or do you long to change them out for something more subdued?