Gilding Furniture

I recently learned how to add gilding to furniture, and it's fairly easy! Gilding can be a beautiful accent and the final touch to transforming your piece.
After painting my bench and allowing appropriate dry time, I could begin the gilding process.
I added size (adhesive) to the sections I wanted to gild.
The gold leaf I used come in booklets.
While I was waiting for my size to dry to tack (so the gold leaf would adhere properly), I cut down my book of gold to the size I needed it to be.
Once my size had dried to tack, I was ready to add the gold leaf.
Pull the tissue back and turn the book towards the piece.
Rub your fingers over the tissue burnishing the gold leaf onto your piece.
Use a rag to burnish the gold leaf and clean it up. You will also use steel wool to distress it. To see the full bench makeover tutorial and links to the product I used, visit my blog!

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  • Mabel Maxim
    on Nov 14, 2018

    Excellent pick of furniture to gold leaf I wish I had somehting to try this on. I have only used gold leaf on frames.

  • Lisas Rexstar
    on Nov 14, 2018

    Oh! Oh! Just in time for the very old Love seat I have. No ordinary paint for me, Sister! Not after seeing what you did & how you did it! Oh, yeah!

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