How to gild & stain wood on stands.Sunday is ending, and it’s back to the grindstone tomorrow for countless people. Boo! That’s why, I usually like to do something memorable that I can carry with me into the next week. It doesn’t have to be complicated, just interesting. With that in mind, we worked on a simple DIY for our foyer. Check it out!

For this stand, we went to an old favorite – masking – for the gold. And a wood stain  effect for the brown parts of the stand. We don’t use a lot of brown, so we would love to know, what you think of it!

How to gild & stain wood on stands.

Budget: Low

Time: 1 hour


How to gild & stain wood on stands.

Steps for a gilded wood stand:

  1. For the wood stain effect, mix water and brown paint in a 1:3 ratio (water:paint). And paint 2 coats of paint, on all four sides. The trick is to choose a grainy base and apply thin coats of paint over it. It cuts down, the effort of painting wood stain by a lot. Let the paint dry completely.
  2. About midway through stand, draw a line and paste a horizontal tape over the line. Paint the portion below, solid gold.
  3. Once, the bottom half has dried, draw six lines at a distance of 0.8 cm thickness on each side.
  4. Apply three tapes – on the outermost lines and in the centre between the 2nd and 5th line. Paint between the tape. Repeat the steps for the remaining steps.
  5. Take off the tape carefully.
  6. After making sure the paint has dried, apply tape  on the outside of the remaining lines and paint the centre.

How to gild & stain wood on stands.

Things to remember:

  • Dont put more than 3 coats of paint, or the effect won’t be as prominent.
  • Be careful while applying the tape and peeling it off.
  • Don’t use ordinary tape. The paint can seep through easily, smudging the lines. Trust me, I’ve messed that up many many times.

How to gild & stain wood on stands.

And that’s it 🙂 A wood and gold stand that’s perfect for your desk or your home. How do you like the design? Let me know