Industrial Furniture Painting Technique! {EASY as 1.2.3.}

Mar 12th, 2014

One thing I can promise you is that my house is not boring! I bought these IKEA barstools almost a year ago with this tutorial in mind. But, for some reason, I kept putting it off! Plus, I didn’t know if my vision would actually work so it took a back seat on my to do list.  I caught a wild hair the other day and glazed all four of these barstools in less than 30 minutes. So, when I say this tutorial is as easy as 1.2.3…I’m serious. There are only THREE steps! I promise glazing isn’t hard!

IKEA Barstool

Before I began the process, I cut some vinyl with the numbers 1, 2, 3, and 4 with my Silhouette to go on the top of each barstool.

I wanted numbered barstools for two reasons:

1. My kids fight over where they sit and this would regulate that


2. I liked the fact that the metallic glaze would miss the numbers and make the numbers stand out.

So, I covered the tops with vinyl numbers and went to work.


As you can see, after a year of wear and tear, the barstools had some scratches and dings. {I think it just adds character.}



I am so pleased with the results! They look industrial, and they remind me of tarnished metal!

The process was super easy and all it took were these three easy steps!

Step 1: Mix your glaze medium with metallic paint. I used Martha Stewart Glaze and mixed in a bit of silver craft paint that I had on hand. I would say that the ratio of glaze and paint is approximately 1 part paint to 2 parts glaze.

Step 2: Apply glaze to your brush and wipe most of it off on a dry cloth. {You want your brush to be mostly dry}.

Step 3: Using even strokes, apply the glaze to your furniture. See video below for demonstration.


I started taking pictures of the process, but it was tough to see what I was actually doing. So, I decided to make a video and show you by demonstration.

I think they turned out pretty awesome and unique!




how-to-paint-furniture-to-make-it-look-metallic copy



The color in my kitchen is called Sherwin Williams Raindrop.





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