It all started with a trip my local Goodwill, where I picked up this cool tray for $5. The unique shape caught my eye immediately, and I knew it would be my next project. You see, I've been seeking out interesting trays for many of the tables in our house for some time, and have been disappointed in both the selection and the prices I have found. So for five bucks, bringing this baby home was a no-brainer.
I knew that I wanted to use the tray on our family room coffee table, and I also knew that I wanted part of the the tray to become gold. I've been dying to try gold leafing for EVER, and so I decided that this would be the perfect project to start with. Because I had never worked with gold leaf before, I wanted to make sure that I prepped the tray properly, in order to increase my chances of success. This was a project with multiple firsts, so with my husband's guidance, I used wood stripper to remove the finish from the tray. From this day forward, when someone types 'stripper' in my blog search box, I will now have a result to offer :)
We used Citristrip, which lived up to its word of being both safe and effective. I painted a thin layer of stripper on the tray waited about 45 minutes, and then used a plastic scraper to scrape off the finish and some of the stain. It worked like a charm, and was really easy. The result:
A tray perfectly prepped for painting. I painted the entire tray with three layers of glossy black latex paint. I opted not to prime the tray, which allowed some of the wood-grain texture to peek through the paint. Check out my high-tech paint stands, aka paper bowls.
I started by applying a thin layer of adhesive to the areas that I wanted to gold leaf....
I'm pretty much in love with it. Here's a before and after pic.
And look how amazing it looks in our family room!
I'm still considering applying a coat of shellac to the whole thing to give it a perfectly smooth, glossy finish. I just need to do some research to make sure that doing so wouldn't damage or react with the gold leaf. In the meantime, it is looking gorgeous and holding up just fine.
The total cost breakdown for the project is:
Gold Leaf Kit- $11.99
For a total of $16.99. Although I only used about half of the gold leafing kit, so if you want to split hairs, I guess you could say it cost about $11. Either way, it's definitely a thrifty up-cycle!
Have you up-cycled anything lately? Do tell!
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