Here is the before:
I added some gold craft paint that I had on hand, then added black once the gold was dry. While adding the black I had a wet rag that I would wipe certain areas with to allow the gold to show through. I was happy with the result. I also had some semi-gloss varnish that I applied, but wasn't too happy about using it. I had to put it on with a brush which wiped more of the black off, and let even more gold show through. Some unexpected added bubbles to the finish (oh well), next time I will just use a spray varnish.
But it all worked out in the end.
It looks great on my fireplace mantle in my bedroom.
Notice the colour of the wall in the background. That's a sneak peek of my husbands and my effort this weekend towards our bedroom makeover. More to come later. We have lots to do to it still.
A peaceful resting spot. Thanks to my thrift store for providing a new feature in my house, and for $2.49!