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Goldleafing a StarDish

Today’s feature for 31 Days of Flipping Out is an example of quick, easy and cheap decorating. In several of my favorite stores lately, you see pieces with a little bit of gold leaf “bleeding through” a painted surface. Examples are:

Gold Leafing


Gold Leafing


Gold Leafing

So, since I live on the coast, as soon as I saw this $3 “stardish” at the thrift store, I knew what I would be doing with it.

Gold Leafing

Supplies needed:

  • Metal leafing of your choice. It is sold in gold, silver, copper and a mix of all three.
  • Metal leafing adhesive spray. This is sold in a spray or liquid that you can paint onto the surface.
  • Small Paint brush
  • Metal Leaf Sealer – sold with the adhesive.
  • Rubbing Alcohol

Metal Flakes

This package of metal flakes was $9.99 and will cover multiple pieces. I didn’t get a picture of the work in progress. But, no worries. It is super simple if you’ve never done it.

  1. Wipe the surface with rubbing alcohol.
  2. Spray on the metal leafing adhesive that is sold in the same area as the leafing and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes.
  3. Using a small paint brush, pick up the flakes from inside the bag and apply. I only sprayed small sections at a time so I could get the sporadic look I was after. (Caution: gold leafing is very messy as the flakes tend to spread very easily. Be sure to protect your surfaces and sweep up as soon as you are finished.)
  4. Once you are satisfied with the amount of leafing, let it dry completely and spray with sealer.

Gold Leafing

I like how it turned out. I think I’ll be keeping my little stardish.

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