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« on: April 08, 2012 03:06:24 PM »

I found these kinda ugly nightstands at the goodwill... they were really cheap, but not very attractive.


I like the look of those mirrored nightstands at pier one, but they are kinda pricey, so I decided to try my hand at silver leaf... I also filled in the holes from the old hardware and bought pretty new knobs. I ran out of silver leaf before finishing the second one, so I need to make a trip to Michael's for a few more supplies Wink

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« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2012 07:22:41 PM »

Neat! How was the silver leaf to work with? I'd love to try it but it always seemed like it would be hard.
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« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2012 09:57:24 PM »

I like the character of these stands. Did you use any sort of lacquer finish to protect the silver leafing?
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« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2012 02:45:49 PM »

I used a composite leaf that I got at the craft store... the basic process is to sand and then spray the piece with spray adhesive, and then apply the leaf. I finished with a clear spray enamel to protect the leafing. Silver leafing is pretty easy, I used a mix of the loose leaves and some "ready leaf" because that is what was available at my craft store. The loose leaf was a bit messier/more delicate, but I actually preferred it because I thought it made for more even coverage, and it was easier to work around curves etc.
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