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Gold Leaf Mirror DIY

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

So the story is that the mirror above my fireplace has a very nice shape but its flat black color was not wowing me anymore.  I wanted something that felt a bit more special.  Cue the gold leaf.  Now I will not mince words.  Gold leafing something is big pain in the butt.  While not difficult to use, it can be pretty annoying.  Just when one thinks they have gold leaf under control, gold leaf lets you know it can never really be tamed.  As this was not my first rodeo with gold leaf, I was aware of that and chose to proceed despite this knowledge.  The thing is, if you want to make something a brilliant and shiny gold, there is no replacement.  I have not met a can of gold spray paint that even comes close to its beauty.  And I have met ever so many cans of spray paint.

gold leaf mirror final 2 | Two Delighted copy

What you’ll need:

gold leaf sheets

gold leaf spray adhesive

gold leaf spray sealer

– gold spray paint

– foam brush or paint brush

-newspaper and tape

What you’ll do:

gold leaf mirror before | Two Delighted

1.  I started by covering most of my mirror with kraft paper (newspaper would be fine too) and taping as close to the edges with tape as I could.  Sometimes when I am just spray painting mirrors, I don’t bother with this as paint is easily removed with windex and being scraped with a straight edge.  I was worried about the adhesive getting on the mirror though and even though it took longer than I wanted it to, I ended up being glad I did this.  You will most likely still have to clean the mirror off at the end.

gold leaf mirror spray Two Delighted

2.  Then, I spray painted it gold.  I did this so that if there were places that didn’t get completely gold leafed (and there were plenty of those), it wouldn’t show too much cause of the gold spray paint being underneath.  I left this dry over night since I would be adding over the top of it and I wanted it to set.  I doubt this was necessary but I was feeling extra cautious.

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3.  Gold leaf time!  I cut my gold leaf sheets in half as half of a sheet was all I needed for each section and I didn’t want to be wasteful.  Because it is so thin, it is difficult to control and very difficult to move around so when working with gold leaf, you must be fast, controlled and deliberate.  Spray your adhesive to a small area.  Using the tissue on top of it, pick up the gold leaf sheet and place it gold down onto the adhesive where you want it to go.  Use your fingers to smooth it to the mirror while the tissue is still on.  Then remove the tissue and use a brush to smooth it the rest of the way down along both sides.  I used my foot to separate the bottom of the mirror from the drop cloth so I could push the leaf all the way around.  You may have missed sections in your application so use the bits that are most likely stuck to your fingers to push into empty areas and smooth.  You can add in sections at any time with a bit more adhesive.  No biggie.  The key to this operation is not to let your hands get sticky.  Once your fingers get sticky, you are done for.  That’s why you need your brush.  Once you do a few sections, you will develop your own strategies.

gold leaf mirror contrast | Two Delighted

Note the shininess difference between the spray paint and the leaf on the left.  That’s pretty significant.

4.  After letting dry for recommended amount of time, spray it down with sealer to make sure everything stays put.  No matter how much you seal it, small pieces of gold will still flake off.

5.  Remove your paper and clean up spot around the edge that got sprayed with windex and a straight edge razor.  Just spray and scrape and wipe.

There you have it.

gold leaf mirror full Two Delighted

gold leaf mirror final Two Delighted

gold leaf mirror final close Two Delighted

I think the mirror stands out now much more than it used to and doesn’t look so dull.  What do y’all think?  Have you ever attempted to tame the gold leaf?

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The Five Year Itch

Thursday, April 30, 2015

I’ve lived in my house going on 5 and a half years now.  And for the last 6 months or so, I have been getting a serious itch to redecorate.  I think I did a pretty good job (other than the sea of brown in my family room that constantly plagues me) picking out big stuff for my house.  I still like my sofa and main chair mostly along with my wood pieces.  But I am feeling a little bored, I guess.  I won’t actually be redecorating, by the way.  While we may buy a few new things along the way, we probably plan to move in the next couple years or so and it makes more sense to wait until we get in a new house to buy things that fit that.  Furniture dimensions are so tricky and individual to each space.  Furthermore we have a few more pressing financial commitments on our plates right now like weddings.   Despite that, a girl can dream.  And after looking at this, it is apparent that I dream in Anthropologie.  Which I suppose comes as no surprise to anyone.

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I have been eyeing this pendant for approximately a year now.

Obviously bunnies.

A nice new sofa with beauty lines.

Pillows to sauce it up  1  2

I can’t decided if I would like something more like this rug or this rug.  I like the traditional feel of the second but the first looks fluffier.  I will never again get a really dark rug.  Despite what you may have been led to believe, it shows EVERYTHING and by everything, I mean little orange cat hairs.

I like the idea of some super modern touches like this lamp in a more traditional space.

I bought myself this star as a birthday present the other day because I decided our house needed it.  I also bought that gold pot that Colleen shared in yesterday’s post.  It’s a winner.

Loving this wood campaign feeling dresser

This is a perfect mantle mirror, I believe.

That’ll do nicely.

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Megan’s Christmas 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014

Hello my friends!  It is truly hard to believe that it is only 3 days until Christmas.  The season just seems to go faster and faster each year.  So fast in fact that Colleen and I haven’t even gotten to do some of our usual traditions like going to the Nutcracker and driving to see Christmas lights.  Usually I get a little huffy when I miss out on my traditions but this year I have been trying to enjoy myself and let go of the details.  One thing we are absolutely not letting go of is our tradition of baking our favorite Christmas cookies which we will be doing on Christmas eve.  I can’t wait.  I finally got around to photographing my Christmas decorations last Friday so that I could show y’all today.  They are sparkly with touches of pink, like usual.  I may not always be able to get away with using pink so I figured I should just take advantage while I can.

Megan Christmas 2014 mantel angle | Two Delighted

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Megan Christmas 2014 entry | Two Delighted

Megan Christmas 2014 calligraphy | Two Delighted

Megan Christmas 2014 chair | Two Delighted

Megan Christmas 2014 mantle | Two Delighted

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Megan Christmas 2014 china cabinet | Two Delighted

Do you guys have any traditions that you get bratty if you miss?  Hope everyone has a wonderful Monday!

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