We’re getting ready to go to Morocco this weekend (!!!), which also means getting the house ready for my brother who will be watching our animals. Oh and my mom decided at the last minute to come visit my brother while he’s here, adding on a layer of mom-visit-cleaning. Since the guest room was still bed-less, we bit the bullet and got a daybed from Ikea and while we were there, I picked up the humble Vittsjo tv unit that I had decided to gold leaf.
Let’s just say I bit off a lot of things but it’s not going as horribly as expected.
Spray painting the tv stand gold crossed my mind, but gold leaf seemed like it would be a more interesting final product. Having never gold leafed before, I was very dumb. I hated this project. Hated. It.
I didn’t follow or read any tutorials because I felt reading the instructions on the bottle of leafing size was enough. Applying the size was easy enough: brush it on, don’t gloop it, and then let it get tacky for about 30 minutes. Straightforward.
The thing about gold leaf (or the imitation leaf I used) is it’s tissue thin. You pick it up, and it’s billowing all over the place, or tearing, impeding accurate placement. You want to slightly overlap pieces, but when you’re holding a piece of leaf like the lady of the lake just gave you excalibur, it’s near impossible. And the wrinkles. And again the tears. There really was a moment where I thought, gee, I just wasted $40 at Ikea, shucks.
But then I fortunately stopped caring. I used 50 sheets, wasting most of the pieces because unlike leafing a mostly flat surface, I had to wrap the leaf. So I’d try desperately to center the leaf on top, smooth with a piece of cloth (a brush kept tearing it), and then let the excess dangle from the bottom of the bars of the unit. I went back over gaps with small pieces, giving the finish a rather mottled look. Once I had covered the whole thing, I took my cloth and just literally rubbed it against all of the excess leaf. Everything that wasn’t adhered simply brushed off.
We’re going to eventually hang the tv on the wall (well a bigger one, 32″ is for suckers/non-tv addicts), but I like the height of the table itself–it keeps components well below eye level.
So that was the ridiculous project I did a week before a major vacation. Oh and by the way, I still haven’t cleaned the guest room because, priorities.