12.09.2009

my diy adventure

I've recently been on somewhat of a gold-leafing kick recently, and was overjoyed when my folks asked me to spiff up a great vintage sideboard that inhabits their super-formal Dutch Masters inspired dining room. Scroll on to check out the flea's little project from start to finish...

First I set up my perimeters (measuring along the way of course...) make sure to use blue painters tape! It won't pull existing finishes off or damage the piece in any way (one hopes...)


Let the leafing begin! It takes some time, but it's hard to go wrong if you follow all the instructions on the package. That's right, yours truly actually read directions! Don't faint.


Tada! Not bad huh? I think it still stays in line with the whole Bruegel-esque Dutch masters look of the room, but with a bit of a glam, not so puritan twist.


And just to give you the method to my gold-leafing madness, here's my folk's pre-existing gold leafed harpsichord that served as my inspiration for the project. If only I knew how to play it...

5 comments:

Saltina said...

Nice work! It's such a visual upgrade!

Alkemie said...

That's a gorgeous job you did on the cabinet! I love gold or silver leafing too!! I think it's a very glamorous and luxrious touch. I'm totally drooling over your parent's harpsichord. A piano is common, but not a harpsichord! That's a piece of history there.

Cheers,
Karen Olivie :)

Chicago City Girl said...

gorgeous - thanks for sharing! my father makes gold leaf frames for a living, and it certainly takes a stable hand and subtle touch.

lovely~

annechovie said...

Very impressive, Katherine! You did a fantastic job. Have a great weekend. xx

Phoebe said...

beautiful, and very inspiring...

ps- linked to you today.

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