I have been wanting to gold leaf something for a while. It just always seemed so awesome.
I really love the idea of mixing gold leaf with matte finishes.
This old lamp was FREE because some guy was just cleaning out his garage. I thought it was a garage sale, so I made my boyfriend pull over (he LOVES it when I do that).
First, I sprayed it yellow. I always meant to change the lampshade, but never got around to it.
That is, until I decide to gold leaf this thing! Then, I went to Walmart and got this lamp shade for just $13.
I bought the gold leaf kit for around $10 on Amazon. It includes the gold leaf, the adhesive, and also the sealer.
First, I sprayed the lamp a matte white (after taping off the cord and the electrical socket). I love the look of matte finishes with metallics. The contrast is great.
Second, I taped off the stripes that I wanted. I used two different widths of painter’s tape (which is why some stripes are beige and some stripes are blue).
Then, I applied the adhesive lightly with a sponge applicator. Let it dry for about 15 minutes, and start applying the gold leaf. If you miss any spots, it’s OK. You can come back and fill it in by adding more adhesive and more gold leaf. You basically just put the gold leaf directly on the adhesive and rub it with a brush or your finger to make sure it’s stuck down well.
The stripes are not perfect. Gold leaf is not really a tidy adventure, but from a far, you cannot really see the less-than-perfect parts.
The gold leaf instructions say that you should seal it, but I figure the lamp won’t get man-handled too much, so I skipped that step. If I was doing something that would get more touching, I would definitely seal it.
I love how it all turned out. It only cost me a lamp shade and a gold leaf kit (I have most of the kit left too, so I am like Midas – constantly looking for more things to turn gold).
What do you think? Do you guys freaking love gold as much as this girl?