I bought some wood frames at the thrift store recently for $3 each and wanted to do an antique silver finish on them.  I also wanted it to look more like a wash and have the wood show through a little.frameside

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BEFORE:

To start, since I wanted the wood to show through, I just skipped the primer.  I started with painting the first coat with Martha Stewart’s Black Coffee Metallic Glaze.

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