Thursday, September 8, 2011

inspired by gilding (the silver kind)

(Today, I makeover the family mirror, again.)

The gilding process is new to me; it includes applying fine gold leaf or powder to solid surfaces such as wood, stone, or metal to give a thin coating of gold. There are great directional videos on YouTube that really explain the process of gilding.

Since our mirror was calling out for a makeover, I thought silver leaf paper would make it look better. I picked up silver leaf paper, leaf adhesive and two inexpensive sponge brushes at Michaels.


First, add a thin layer of the adhesive on the frame. The directions say to allow 45 minutes before applying the paper, but I waited 15 minutes instead. (Wild!)


As the directions explain, use wax paper to carry the leaf to the frame. After a few mishaps, the process was coming along (slowly) and the floor was covered with small specks of silver. I had to go back and redo a few areas that didn't get covered and the final product is a little more vintage than I expected, but I really like the way it turned out.



I added the frame next to the new Ikea RIBBA picture ledge over the dresser, completing this master bedroom project. I was a little hesitant to use white shelves over the dark dresser but I couldn't be more thrilled with the result.


Some of my inspiration for this project includes Young House Love's former dining room (white shelves over a dark dining room table), Decor8 (shelving) and the challenge of using leaf paper. See more master bedroom inspiration on my Pinterest board.

Are you following along with the September Challenge? Make sure to visit The Whole EnCHELLEada and see how she's coming along with her wedding plans!

1 comment :

  1. This mirror was meant to be gilded in silver! The entire display turned out great!! You've inspired me to do more above our dresser when we settle into a new place :)

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