I love gilded furniture, so I said to myself:” I have to get one!”. …Looked at the prices, looked again… and than decided to try my hand at silver leafing a smaller chest of drawers.
It took me some time to find the piece I needed at the price I wanted :).
And one day I got it; from Craigslist, where else??
I really liked its curves, but it was quite beaten up and it had some water damage on the top. I used Elmer’s wood filler to repair the broken and damaged edges.
After the filled areas were dry, I used a sanding sponge to smooth them for a seamless look.
The whole dresser got primed with Gripper grey latex primer and sealer.
I also sanded the top to get rid of the water damage bumps.
For silver leafing I used 5.5″ x 5.5″ sheets and Speedball Mona Lisa spray adhesive for metal leaf and liquid Speedball Mona Lisa water based brush-on metal leaf adhesive size.
After spraying the size on the dresser and letting get tacky, I applied each sheet with a soft bristle brush( which happened to be one of my make-up brushes :), making sure I got them overlapping a bit.
I removed excess leaf with the same brush.
That left some cracks and you can see the grey poking through, but I didn’t mind as I think they make the dresser have that antique feel.
It took me some time to get used with the process of applying the silver leaf, and more than once I got frustrated with some areas and redid them. That’s where I used the liquid water based brush-on metal leaf adhesive size. I was afraid if I’d use the spray I might get size over gilded areas that didn’t need any touch ups. I sealed the dresser with wipe on poly( water based).
I finished the whole project in almost 2 weeks. It took me that long because I worked almost every night for few hours, after I came from work and did the other chores around the house.
This is how it looks now in my entry hallway, all prettied up and ready for spring!
In the end, I believe all my work paid off, ’cause I really LOVE my silver leaf dresser!
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