How to Paint Walls Gold

Updated February 21, 2017

Painting one or more accent walls gold can add a very distinct look to any room. Faux finishing your walls using metallic gold glaze is easy, but there are a few things you need to know and decide before you begin. For instance, small surfaces can easily be painted by hand, but large, expansive walls will require the use of a paint sprayer. You'll also need to choose a proper base coat depending on the shade of gold you want. With the right equipment, painting your walls gold is a fast and easy project.

Choose an appropriately coloured latex paint for your base coat. Black or white base coats will leave you with undesirable results after you lay the glaze. Ideal base coats for using metallic gold glaze will come from yellow or tan colour ranges. Pick a colour based on how bright or dark you want your walls to be. For example, a mustard yellow or golden tan will result in a very realistic gold colour, while a lighter yellow will be brighter and have a more polished look.

Prepare your walls. Use paint tape to protect any surfaces you don't want to paint, like borders or window frames. Lay down plastic sheeting to protect your floors. Use brushes to paint smaller areas and to get into corners and edges. Pour some paint in the paint tray and use the rollers to lay your base coat. Allow the base coat to dry completely.

Use a foam roller to paint on the glaze. If you're working with a particularly small area, you can use a soft bristled brush; paint using a crisscross pattern until the entire surface is evenly coated. Glaze typically takes longer to dry than paint, so to avoid streaking, you should take your time to make sure the coat is even and smooth. If your walls are particularly expansive, streaking is unavoidable if you're using a roller to paint; rent a paint sprayer to lay your glaze.

Things You'll Need

  • Interior latex paint
  • Metallic gold glaze
  • Paint rollers
  • Paint tray
  • Paint brushes
  • Paint tape
  • Paint sprayer
  • Plastic sheeting
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