Paint Paris Gray over gold frames and let them dry really well. Sand with a wet rag and then use a coat of clear wax and then a coat of dark wax. After coating liberally with the dark wax, take an old t shirt and dab some clear wax on it, rub over the dark wax to take off all the excess. The result is amazing.
DIY: excellent tips here on how to apply dark wax, how to conserve paint by thinning down on second coat and how to transfer a projected image onto the furniture for adding french lettering. GREAT POST!