Use Annie Sloan's Gold Size to apply metallic accents to almost any piece. Gold size is the glue used for applying bronze powders and metal leaf to surfaces. (Size is actually an old English word for glue.) Annie Sloan Gold Size Annie's is particularly wonderful because it is water based and has the advantage of staying sticky when dry.
Paint it on thinly and allow approximately 5 minutes to dry. When dry, the gold size will become clear and is now ready to apply either bronze powders or metal leaf. Any unused areas may be waxed, varnished or washed to make the gold size no longer sticky and ready to use.