A Little Layer of Gold… (Gold Leaf that is)

While it may not appear drastically different… because it’s not, I decided to upgrade our spray painted Ikea Vittsjo Coffee Table using a little gold leaf.  Why you might ask?!?  Well, gold spray paint is hard to seal (& still retain its shine) so after constant glass cleanser tackling pb&j finger prints the metallic paint began to wear off.  The gold leaf however can be sealed properly & has an even truer shine that really makes it feel more expensive.  I also love the fact that gold leaf already has an imperfect look to it.  So as it ages with our family it will only look better.
A few tips on applying gold leaf…

Use Elmer’s Spray Adhesive instead of the recommended glue.  This way you can instantly attach your gold leaf instead of waiting up to 30 minutes to apply.  Just spray each section as you go.

Another important tip is to spring for the gold leaf that is attached to the pieces of tissue.  I think it was $9.99 for 18 sheets rather than $9.99 for 25 loose sheets.  The loose sheets will get away from you & I feel I only get about 50% of the actual leaf on my project… where as with the attached sheets you can virtually use the entire sheet!  Worth it!

And did you notice the other change?!?  My new rug!   I know I just got the jute one.  They are layering nicely together & the best news about the white one… it is virtually stain resistant!!  Which is necessary with a three year old & a dog.  I about had a heart attack when red jello fell on my new jute rug!  Head on over to Creative Home to read more about my decision to go white & how you can get yours on sale now!
I love love love how bright our once dark & dreary living room feels now.  It almost makes my hatred for our brown sofa & chaise go away.  Almost.  Hope y’all had a great weekend!