Gilded Finishes:

Gilded finishes, or "faux gilding," are simulated metallic finishes that embellish details in carvings on woodwork, applique, and plaster moldings.

Gilded finishes generally begin with a dark, painted base coat. A dull metallic paint is then applied over the base coat, followed by one or more layers of stain. The stain collects in cracks and crevasses, giving more depth to the piece. After wiping off excess stain, a brighter metallic paint is lightly brushed over the raised surfaces in order to enhance the play of light over details.