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My G(u)ilty Pleasure-Baroque Art's Gilders Paste

Updated on April 15, 2014

I recently completed a DIY Campaign Furniture Transformation in which I refinished my furniture's pitted and oxidized hardware using my g(u)ilty pleasure - Baroque Art's Gilders Paste in Foundry Bronze.

Gilders Paste is very much like shoe polish, in that it is a tinted paste wax suspended in a solvent base; i.e., it colors and protects whatever it's applied to.

Depending on the color, Gilders Paste dries to a matte to a semi-gloss finish and once cured, can be gently buffed to a beautiful, lustrous sheen.

Gilders Paste can be successfully applied to almost any surface:

  • Wood furniture
  • Polymer clay
  • Metal
  • Beads
  • Picture frames
  • Ceramics
  • Etched glass
  • Gourds
  • Resin
  • Wax (Candles)
  • Surprise me

Gilders Paste is very easy to use:

  • Choose your application tool - your finger, rag, brush, sponge or whatever you want
  • Apply a thin coat to your piece; it doesn't take much to cover!
  • Allow to dry - to the touch in an hour, completely cured in 12 hours
  • After curing, gently buff with a clean rag to achieve a soft sheen

Gilders Paste can be transformed by the addition of a little or a lot of mineral spirits or paint thinner into a:

  • Paint
  • Cream
  • Stain
  • Color Wash

As you can see, the sky's the limit for the uses of Baroque Art's Gilders Paste!

Gilders Paste is available in two sizes:

  • 1.5 oz tin, which will cover 30 square feet
  • 3.1 oz tin, which will cover 100 square feet

Even the small tin lasts a LONG TIME, since it takes so little to cover a surface. If your Gilders Paste becomes dry, it's easily revived by adding a drop or two of mineral spirits.

Gilders Paste comes in 28 COLORFUL AND COLORFAST colors, including:

Metallics:

  • African Bronze
  • Antique Gold
  • Bronze
  • Celtic Bronze
  • Copper
  • Foundry Bronze
  • German Silver
  • Gold
  • Inca Gold
  • Rich Gold
  • Silver

Primary Colors:

  • Tulip Red
  • Canary Yellow
  • Iris Blue

Secondary Colors:

  • Orange
  • Damson (Deep Purple)
  • Verdigris

Many More Colors:

  • Black
  • Coral Red
  • Cream
  • Patina (Aged Copper)
  • Pinotage (Deep Red Wine)
  • Sandalwood (Deep Brown)
  • Slate
  • Violet
  • White

If you can't find what you're looking for within the stock Gilders Paste colors, it's easy to make your own custom color by mixing two or more or the above colors, until you have just the color you need.

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I used Gilders Paste in Foundry Bronze to refinish my campaign furniture hardwareI applied just a tiny bit of Foundry Bronze with a rag to all the decorative strapping,  brass tacks, drawer and door handles and screwsAfter letting the Gilders Paste dry for 12 hours, I gently buffed the hardware and re-installed it on my newly-painted campaign furnitureI especially like how the Foundry Bronze coordinates with the exterior color and the drawer interiors!
I used Gilders Paste in Foundry Bronze to refinish my campaign furniture hardware
I used Gilders Paste in Foundry Bronze to refinish my campaign furniture hardware
I applied just a tiny bit of Foundry Bronze with a rag to all the decorative strapping,  brass tacks, drawer and door handles and screws
I applied just a tiny bit of Foundry Bronze with a rag to all the decorative strapping, brass tacks, drawer and door handles and screws
After letting the Gilders Paste dry for 12 hours, I gently buffed the hardware and re-installed it on my newly-painted campaign furniture
After letting the Gilders Paste dry for 12 hours, I gently buffed the hardware and re-installed it on my newly-painted campaign furniture
I especially like how the Foundry Bronze coordinates with the exterior color and the drawer interiors!
I especially like how the Foundry Bronze coordinates with the exterior color and the drawer interiors!

I plan on adding to my library of Gilders Paste colors, since there are so many ways to use it.

I was thinking of using German Silver to highlight and embellish a tired picture frame.

I'd like to rub on Antique Gold to change up the look of some existing cabinet hardware.

I'm planning on thinning the Patina into a paint and using it on some unfinished drapery rods - I can't wait!

Are you ready to indulge in your own g(u)ilty pleasure using Baroque Art's Gilders Paste?

What's the first project you'll use Gilders Paste on?

Maybe you've already used Gilders Paste before?

Did you apply it as is or did you add mineral spirits to make it into a paint, stain or color wash?

Tell all below!

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    • LiteraryMind profile image

      Ellen Gregory 3 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      i can think of a lot of places to use this for DIY projects.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      I had not heard of it, but it may be just the ticket for renewing the luster on some of my antiques. I will check into it. Thank you for introducing it to me.