Faux Zinc {video tutorial}

Oh, boy. Talk about nerves. It’s one thing to hide behind a blog, but it is a whole other thing to video yourself! A few days ago I showed you my faux zinc top coffee table that was inspired by one I saw at Pottery Barn. I put together this little video to show you how I did it! If you try it out, please make sure you report back and let me know how it went. Also, if you have any questions, feel free to email me. Enjoy!


***UPDATE**** A lot of you have asked how I painted the base of the table. It is just done in a basic prime and paint way. I used Benjamin Moore tapestry beige, left over from my walls and annie sloan dark wax using the same technique I did in my waxing video. 

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  1. I am loving this and wondering if it would be a safe alternative for the kitchen table. It would be so nice on my old out of date night stands too!

  2. lisa says:

    I am also wondering how it will hold up for a kitchen table? I would like to know what colors you used for the base of the coffee table. What color, what brand and what stain or glaze? did you use to get the antique look? Cant wait to do it on my Kitchen table!! Thank you.

  3. Deb Hrabik says:

    Great video!
    Love that treatment,

  4. Awesome job!! Do you think i could use silver rub n buff in place of the gilding wax?

  5. cassie says:

    that looks gorgeous! love it!

  6. Becky says:

    I love this, thanks so much for sharing! I teach Annie Sloan workshops and would love to use this for a class. We will definitely give you all the credit for the technique. I am trying to figure out if we could use the hair dryers to dry it in the class time, what do you think?

  7. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing your technique!

  8. debbie says:

    Awesome! I love the look :) and the video!

  9. Shelley says:

    Love the effect….did you put Annie Sloan wax over regular paint?

  10. Therese says:

    Wow wow wow, just watched your two tut’s, Awesome Girl. Thanks so much you have helped me so much. Got a question though.? Bought for a gift a great little metal drum table at T, my daughter in law loves the industrial chic! and of course I want them to love this $5.98 table. So what would be the best approach to the faux zinc look!!! this is my christmas gift for her and I want it perfect, she’s the best “dil” and she deserves something GREAT! again my little amazing talent, with the most fabulous perfect taste! it’s all magic.
    help if you can if not, I can keep watching. can’t wait for thursday’s tut!!!!!!!YEAH

  11. I too love the zinc look. I did my nightstands in a zinc look, but was mimicking zinc nightstands that I saw in Restoration Hardware. I got a general metal look by layering zinc and silver colored paints, but I LOVE your accomplished true zinc look. You are amazing!

  12. cathy says:

    this is an amazing look!! love it and thank you for sharing!!

  13. cndesigns says:

    I once did a table top to look like aged copper. It was great. The only thing is, it was almost a “mistake” so I don’t even know if I could recreate the look. But the client LOVED it! Your zinc-look top is great!

  14. Deborah says:

    This is seriously cool! I’ve been wanting a zinc topped table, but was not about to pay to have it done. This I can do :) I’m off to order the gilding wax.

  15. Deborah says:

    Oh by the way, fabulous tutorial! If you could put a list under the video of the supplies used that would be super helpful ;)

  16. Just watched the video! This is amazing! Can’t wait to try this myself. -K

  17. Thanks for putting this tutorial together as I know they are a lot of work! Can’t wait to try your technique:)

  18. ok my dear… here goes nothing ~ I’m going to attempt to do it. Hope mine turns out half as good as yours.

  19. Hi Kelli, did you let your wax dry before you applied the gilding wax mixture or right away?

    • Mary Mouw says:

      I am wondering the same thing as my water, mineral spirits, gilding wax is not separating the same way.

  20. Ashley says:

    Can you seal this with anything?

  21. Jenn Weir Glazer says:

    I also had a question. Did you use mineral spirits or mineral oil? The video says spirits, but that seems like it would remove the paint. Thanks.

  22. Mary Mouw says:

    I love this look!!! I am trying it on the top of a dresser & am on take number 3. Third times a charm, right?! Keeping optimistic:) I don’t know exactly what I’m doing wrong. I have steps one & two down. When you do the first coat of wax{b4 the water, mineral spirits, gilding wax combo} do you buff it? When I’m applying the coat of the water, mineral spirits, gilding wax combo it is just not separating on the wax like yours does in the video. So I’m wondering if I have enough wax on or if I have enough mineral spirits. Any ideas? Thanks in advance!

  23. Vicki says:

    I wondered what you consider a wash. How much paint to how much water approximately. Thank you

  24. Elizabeth D. says:

    I have the same question as Mary Muow… I just applied the mixture of gilding wax, mineral spirits, and water, and it did not separate like yours. Do you know what could be wrong?
    Also, my wash must not have had enough water in it, because my piece looks much lighter. Do you think if in the next step (6 I believe – after the water soak dries overnight?) I could make it look a little darker by instead doing the wash with the graphite instead of paris grey? Or would that cover up the spots?

  25. Jenny says:

    Love this!!! Would love EXACT amount you used in each step. It’s hard to know and understand your amounts when you are mixing…including water in your wash. Thanks so much for sharing!

  26. TM says:

    Oh wow I wish all, some or a few of the above questions could be answered … I’m DYING!!