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French Country Bedroom Makeover Ep 4 gilding hardware

Hey guys! Welcome back for Episode 4 of my French country bedroom makeover!

Here I'm going to show you how easy it is to completely transform your hardware using gilding wax!

$20-20 minute transformation!

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Before
After

This process is so easy my 9 year old started helping me!

My daughter gilded several of the knobs herself! Froggy refused to help however, and abruptly called her back to play!

I don’t mind being dumped for Froggy when it is an easy project like this!

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There He is, that little Froggy!

Let me start by telling you a little bit about my love for gilding wax. Why do I love it you ask? Let me tell you…

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Why I love gilding wax:

  • gilding wax is very easy to use – Easy = LOVE!
  • creates instant stunning transformations – even on $1 craft items…FAST=Love!
  • The Price is right! At around $20! Cheap=Love!

The gilding wax stage of my nightstand makeover started during Episode 1 – the French County Bedroom makeover nightstand experiment. After I painted the entire dark wood nightstand white, I put the old hardware back on to see how it looked.

Truth: I wanted to show you guys how it looked! Sometimes you just need to see it right?!

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I knew the hardware needed a makeover, but I had to show you too!

Even if I don’t get every picture along the way, though I try, just know I do a lot of this stuff just for you guys! Putting the handles back on and taking pictures of was 80% for you, and 20% for me!

Before I even put the hardware back on I knew it was too dark. You can’t see all the gorgeous details on it! I knew the waxing was coming!

Plus, I am addicted to gilding wax so there was no avoiding this! Every time I buy something my Aunt says, “I bet you’re going to gild that aren’t you?!”! LOL Most of the time, she is 99% correct! 

You’d be amazed how different everything looks after using gilding wax! It makes you want to grab stuff and just rub it all over to see how it will look! 

I love the way gilding wax highlights details and adds so much dimension! Take a look at details popping out now! I never saw the little heart shapes on the handles before!

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Before - Each handle took about 50 seconds or less!
French Country Bedroom makeover hardware gilding wax before and after
After - it took all of 12 minutes including stopping to make videos and take pictures!

If you can do nothing else, I say, just use gilding wax and makeover the hardware! 20 minutes and $20 later and you have a complete transformation! 

I keep kicking myself for not gilding the hardware first and adding it to the old dark brown, just to see how it looked then! I held it up, but never attached it and took any pictures.

Let's get into the gilding!

Alright, let’s get into some of the details in this DIY project. I find there is not much to say since it is so easy! 

  • I like to use gloves, and “rub” on the wax with my fingertips,
    • I like easy cleanup – and I reuse the gloves for more waxing! 
  • sometimes I use the gilding brush for:
    • blending, or to
    • pick up loose wax
    • add highlights with another wax color
  • experiment: mix the antique and gold leaf colors, layer, etc.

I uploaded some videos to my Youtube channel so you can see how easy it is to quickly transform your hardware with gilding wax.

Play Video about French Country Bedroom makeover hardware gilding wax before and after

Here is my amazing 3rd grader, helping mommy! She’s really good at it too! She wears her gloves like a pro and likes to use the gilding wax brush, as you can see! 

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My little mini me gilding the knobs! 
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I am entranced with how stunning this turned out!

I have had my little jar of Gede gilding wax for 2 years! The King’s Gold gilding wax is the one I use all the time! 

I recently went to Hobby Lobby and picked up some of the ‘Rub n’ Buff’ gilding wax tubes. These tubes seem to empty a bit faster, but they are smaller and cheaper per tube, so I guess it makes sense. 

All of the different colors available in the Rub n’ Buff are nice too! I love options! 

A quick note about some differences I’ve noticed between these 2 types of gilding wax:

  • the ‘Rub n’ Buff’ dries pretty quickly – minutes really!
  • the ‘Gede’ – 24 hour dry time for my climate (Humid!)
  • the ‘Gede’ will move around longer and can still wipe off (can be good or bad)

Tip: Don't use too much wax, it only takes a little of any type!

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From Left to Right - I did each one so you can see the difference.
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Take a look at how each color varies slightly, they are all lovely!

This was my first time using Rub n’ Buff and I have to say I like it a lot too! 

While I worked on the dresser makeover, I experimented and mixed some of the different gilding wax colors and brands.  

Using the gilding wax brush helped to “layer” the different gilding wax colors to create a more dimensional “gilded-age” look.

As you can see, using gilding wax on the hardware really made a huge difference! The gold really pops on the white now! 

Give this a try and let me know how it goes for you! Fair warning, it can be addicting!

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Experimenting with 3 different variations of gold gilding wax. Far left is the one I use most often, gede gilding wax in King's Gold, the next (middle) is Rub n' Buff Gold Leaf, (last) Run n' Buff Antique Gold

Which color do you like best? Try different ones and have fun with it!

If I did nothing else, I would gild the hardware first!

This French Country Bedroom Makeover project taught me a lot along the way. I hope some of my trials and tribulations may help save you some time in your own DIY endeavors.

  1. Wear disposable gloves!
  2. Don’t use too much – a little goes a LONG way
  3. “dab” your finger in the wax, and rub. One dab should cover an entire handle and then some
  4. let some spots stay exposed to create depth
  5. layer other wax colors for added depth
  6. let it dry for 24-48 hours before putting it back on furniture
  7. use a gilding wax brush to:
    • remove excess wax 
    • get into nooks if desired
    • layer other wax colors

TIP: Get Disposable Gloves - Quick cleanup!

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Painting the bed was a mission, my arms were burning, but the progress is so charming!
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Use gilding wax to bring out details!

TIP: Try mixing the wax colors...or layering!

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BEFORE: Plain black - Look at these $3 reindeer from the Target Dollar Spot, took 2 minutes - they are one of my favorite things!
Check out the other Episodes in this Series

Check out ALL Episodes in this French Country Bedroom Makeover Series: 

  1. The Nightstand Experiment
  2. Decoupaging the drawer sides
  3.  Decoupaging inside drawers
  4. Hardware makeover – Getting a good Gilding!
  5. Painting the  Wrought Iron  Headboard & Footboard
  6. Dresser & Mirror with wrought iron
  7. Dresser – adding rub on furniture transfers
  8. Dresser – adding decoupage rice paper Artwork
  9. French Country linen bedding and décor (COMING SOON)
  10. Dress Form makeover (COMING SOON)
  11. Armoire: my success and failure (COMING SOON)

Subscribe and follow to see how the transformation continues! It never stays the same for vary long!

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Checkout the Dresser Episode to see the final result on this amazing transformation!

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January Ember

I had a look in my mind originally, inspired from a dresser I saw on Pinterest. I really loved how she did this so I started with this concept in mind…but it transformed and the vision changed…and changed and changed!  https://pin.it/p6bdbDu

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