I’ve been loving gold leafing everything lately. Have you ever tried it? I have a great post about how to gold leaf. In that post I gold leaf Easter eggs, but you’ll use this these same techniques to gold leaf anything. I’m a huge fan of DIY gold leaf projects, especially when they include a bright color, and that’s what I wanted to do with these candlesticks. I think it looks perfect with the turquoise, though I acknowledge you have to like stuff that’s a little wild to appreciate these. And maybe you do. Either way, if you want to know how I gold leafed these candlesticks, keep reading.
Gather these Supplies
- Wood candlesticks
- White spray primer
- Martha Stewart acrylic paint – color of your choice
- Gold leaf sheets and sizing (this kit is pretty good)
- Paintbrushes – you’ll need a few
- Painter’s tape
Next you can prime with the white spray paint. This is a step I like to take on some unfinished wood surfaces because the paint really sinks in and I end up painting 42 coats on stuff if I don’t prime.
Once the candlesticks are dry and you are ready, paint some adhesive on random parts of the stick. Let it dry for 45 minutes and then apply gold leaf on top. Use a separate (dry) brush to brush away the excess gold leaf. If you want more gold leaf, you can add more – just apply the adhesive and do it again!