Gold creates a feeling of virtue and elegance and in art it’s used to portray the divine. You too can create this beautiful ambience in your home by adding some gold to furniture and decor — the easiest way to do this is by using gold leaf. This method is popular in home decor as it’s inexpensive and gives a more realistic look than gold paint spray.
The following are 12 DIY projects you can try at home. All you need is a gold leaf kit and masking tape.
Funky gold leaf wall stripes
Use gold leaf on your wall to create bold lines and make it look spectacular. It’s great for a stylish teenager’s room.
Accentuate beauty in a wooden chair
If you want to highlight a special feature of your chair, you can gold leaf what you like and paint the rest a different color. See how the gold highlights the beautiful lattice-work of this chair.
Gold leaf fireplace bricks
Give your fireplace a serious makeover by putting gold leaf on the bricks. It’s shiny, pretty and adds some regal elegance to the entire room.
Gold leaf table numbers
Use gold leaf to write table numbers for a party or wedding reception on agate stones — the guests will absolutely love it! Best of all they can be reused for any other large event.
Gold leaf light switch
Light switches are either white or beige, and can be rather boring. Adding some gold leaf will bring a touch of excitement to the room.
Create statement pieces – a gilded nightstand
To create more of a wow in your room, add some feature furniture. To do this you can put gold leaf on an entire nightstand or dresser. Just remember, don’t go overboard with your statement pieces, one or two is usually enough to create a stunning effect.
Gold leaf art work
With an adhesive pen, draw designs on a piece of black paper and then gold leaf over it. After framing it, you may feel like an accomplished artist!
Make your own gold leaf desk
Spray gold paint on a pair of Lerberg trestle table legs. Then get a glass table top and put gold leaf one side of the glass. Put it carefully on the table legs, gold side down, and there you have it– a beautiful desk!
Disposable cups turned into candle holders
You won’t be throwing these away after you’re done with them! With disposable cups you can use gold leaf to make a candle holder by decorating the inside or outside of the cup. You may be surprised how pretty it turns out.
Beautiful gold purse
If you have a boring old purse, you can brighten it up by adding gold leaf to a portion of it. Be aware that sometimes little pieces of the gold will come off — that can be part of the vintage “look,” or you can retouch it with more gold leaf for a more polished effect.
Gold leaf journal
Put some gold leaf your journal and make it shiny and easier to find. You can also add gold leaf your pencil case so it matches.
Shiny gold lamp shade
This is an easy task and will help bring together other gold accents you’re using in the room.