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How To Apply Gold Leaf To Furniture

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How to Apply Gold Leaf To Furniture
How to Apply Gold Leaf To Furniture

Last week I posted the updated version of my bar cabinet and promised that I would create a tutorial for how to do the gold leaf on the front of it.  Okay, they were faux gold…since it was a very inexpensive piece of furniture, I didn’t think it was worth spending the money for real gold :)

Since it was my first time applying gold leaf sheets, I was a little nervous about how it was going to turn out.  And I was surprised at how easy it ended up being!

Yes, the gold sheets are very delicate (they tear and wrinkle very easily!), but since I wasn’t looking for a perfectly smooth gold finish, I think that actually added to the finish.

Keep reading to find out how to apply gold leaf to furniture.

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  1. Julie
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    Very pretty! Did you know you can do this using aluminum foil? Cut into squares and apply with an adhesive.Then burnish and seal.Years ago, I did bathroom walls this way using rubber cement for adhesive. There may be a better adhesive nowadays for this.( mod podge?) You can put the dull or the shiny side out, or you can alternate them.

    • Wanda
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      Thanks, Julie! I had not thought of using aluminum foil, but that’s a great idea! I’ll have to come up with a project to try that out :)

    • Michelle Hanson
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      Hiya Julie,

      I have done the aluminum foil paper on an old malamite book shelf in My Daughters room when She was ready to update Her room from a Princess theme to Teen chic!!
      She loved it so much She carted it off to College earlier this Fall!!
      With the thicker foil it was much easier to use than the tissue paper thin Metallic craft foils and was a stunning piece……
      I have used the craft foils many times on cards, small canvases, upcycling older vases, etc. The trick is to have a tray under everything to contain the mess!!
      Blessings from the North,
      xo Michelle
      PS Remember creating feeds YOUR SOUL!!

      • Julie
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        Michelle,
        I was referring to regular old grocery store aluminum foil in rolls. You don’t need to use the “extra heavy duty either.” Much less expensive than craft foils. The extra heavy duty Grocery store foil might be embossable too, for more possibilities!
        The trick is to cut it into “ tile” squares that overlap somewhat, for more interest and texture.

  2. Julie
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    I just wrote you a whole email and it DISSAPEARED suddenly! How annoying! I’ll try to write it again……..🤨😠😑

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