"This blog post is brought to you by two thrifting pals, who never leave a thrift shop empty-handed. If you want to read the other half of the story you can read it here."...plagiarized straight from hodge:podge.
It started with a simple conversation between Barb from hodge:podge and myself about the night stand I was looking for but having no luck finding. Lo and behold, she was looking for the very same thing. She is clearly more of a keener than I am because she was able to track down a set on Craigslist lickety split and very kindly offered to sell me one. Don't you love a friend who does all the work for you?
This is how the night stand looked before....
And this is what we transformed them into...
Here's what it took.
Zinsser Latex Primer
Behr's Premium Plus Ultra paint and primer in one - Forever Black
Mona Lisa Silver Leaf
Mona Lisa Silver Leaf Adhesive
This table was covered in a high gloss stained varnish so I used a power sander to remove most of it. I applied a coat of primer which turned out to not be necessary since I was using the Behr paint and primer product. I applied 2 coats of black paint and 3 coats of polycrylic.
Silver leafing is so easy and gives such a glamorous look to everything. I am addicted and want to silver leaf everything in sight right now. Apply the size adhesive with a foam brush. Let it dry for 30 minutes or until it becomes tacky to the touch. The leafing is delicate so handle with care. I gently laid each sheet on top of the adhesive and rubbed across it with my fingers. Any pieces that are not touching the adhesive will fly like fairy dust throughout your house. Plan to vacuum! The handles were a little trickier and I used a pin to push the leaf through some of the very small nooks and crannies. I added 1 coat of polycrylic. I only used enough to keep it from getting wet if a glass is placed on top but I love the look of worn leafing.
Dresser - $25.00 (I'm a delinquent with a tab. So far I've paid $22.00 and a coffee. Hopefully she doesn't send someone after me!)
Paint - I only had to buy a sample size which is under $5.00
Silver Leaf - $15.00 for a pack of 25 sheets (I used between 12-15)
Silver Leaf Adhesive - $5.00
I already owned the primer, polycrylic and brushes
TOTAL COST - $50.00
I hope you enjoyed the tale of my table. Now click this and you will be magically transported to another land for the story of the second table.