Metal Finishes for Walls

Silver and copper metallic-glazed diamonds with gold chair rail make a dramatic wainscoting.
Metal Finishes For Walls

Metal Finishes For Walls

Large metallic-glazed diamonds make a dramatic wainscot around a room. A spray-painted gold chair rail tops the wainscoting and contrasts beautifully with the silver and copper diamonds.

The first step in applying a metallic glaze to a wall is to paint the wall with a base coat of interior latex paint in a color that will complement the glaze. Silver, copper and gold metallic glazes applied over a base coat of ivory give a look that's streaky and lacks depth.

A base coat close in color to the metallic glaze will complement it. Rich color results when a metallic silver glaze is applied over a gray base coat. A reddish-brown undercoat works well with a copper metallic glaze, and a dark-mustard base coat brings out the color in a gold metallic glaze finish.

It's tricky to apply metallic-finish paints without streaks. Do-it-yourselfers will get better results when using metallic glazes in small areas as accent colors. To glaze a large surface, apply the glaze with a spray gun or hire a professional to do the job.

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