Monday, August 22, 2011

A gilded table and a high learning curve.

I had three goals for this summer:  Learn to paint furniture with Chalk Paint, Learn to stencil, and Learn to metal leaf. Little tables like this are found everywhere.  Mr. Shabby, found this for "pennys on the dollar".  

My Annie Sloan Chalk Paint teacher, Lady Butter Bug told me to never mix paint without measuring and recording the proportions.  However, I  took a leap of faith and mixed a little Old White with some Chateau Grey.  Sorry, Karla.

The next step required a leap of faith.  The fear and anxiety of gilding with metal leaf was justified when I removed the stencil.  There was gilt where there should not have been gilt.  There was no gilt where there should have been gilt.  Note to self.....don't use spray adhesive.  So......I re-applied the stencil and repaired with silver paint.  I think the combination of silver and gold works.  

Then, I made a run to Hobby Lobby for liquid adhesive
 and the gilding continued.  

Today is the first day of school so I can't say that I accomplished
 all my summer goals in a timely fashion
....but wait....summer isn't officially over for a month.   


  1. I think the table turned out wonderful!! I have a table very similar and it is done in a gray/blue with lots of original distressing!! lol!

    I have been looking for just the right project to use ASCP and I hope I come up with something before the weather here in the Midwest gets colder!!

    Love your blog!


  2. You are very good at refabing furniture. I REALLY like your new guilded table. Just beautiful!!! --hugs-- Sandie

  3. This table turned out great! Just discovered your blog!

  4. The table is gorgeous! I have a table that needs to be painted. This is giving me ideas!

  5. Love it from another Texas girl! Love the stencil.

  6. Ohhh gilding. Ilove it imperfect. makes it just right! Thanks for sharing at Market Monday!

  7. I think you did a great good with the gilding! And I'm so glad you went with your gut with every decision. It couldn''t have turned out any better. :)

  8. Wow! That is just gorgeous!

    If you get a chance, stop by my weekly Chalk Paint Linky Party every Tuesday and Wednesday.