Remember how I said that I am a little superstitious about photographing a project? That if I want a project to turn out, I don't take pictures for the blog because that ensures it will be great? Well, I should have listened to my own advice.
After reading about Jenny's success doing a gold leaf project, I decided I wanted to try one, too. I bought this tole wheat table base a while back. It is a fabulous piece and just needs a glass on top to make it a gorgeous Hollywood Regency coffee table.
The gold paint finish had long faded over time, so I thought it would be a great gold leaf project to start on.
I went to Michael's and bought a gold leaf kit. Or what I thought was a gold leaf kit.
After bringing it home, I realized that it was just the sheets of gold leaf and that they would also require adhesive and sealant. So back to Michael's I went.
At this point, I had invested over $30 in gold leaf supplies in addition to the cost of the table, which was not insignificant since I bought it "retail."
I decided to start on this sad little leg.
I applied adhesive. The directions aren't very clear, but they state that it takes 20-40 minutes for the adhesive to become tacky. I assumed that meant to wait 20 minutes before applying the gold leaf so that it would adhere properly.
Here is where I must say that Jenny was smart to start with a flat surface (picture frame). Gold leaf comes in sheets and is thinner than you can imagine. It is so much thinner than tissue paper. So trying to wrap it around a very ornate table base is no small feat. And definitely not for gold leaf beginners like me.
After about 30 minutes of messing with it and a few choice words (my children were napping), my fingers looked like this:
And my table looked like this. And I had already used half of the sheets of gold leaf.
That meant it would take at least another $50 worth of gold leaf to finish the table.
Sometimes you just have to cut your losses and throw in the towel, so that is what I did. I gave up. It pains me to do that, but I can't invest any further in a project that isn't going to work out.
Not wanting to be a total pessimist, I'm planning to scrape off the gold leaf and just paint it with gold leaf paint and a paintbrush. That is what it was originally painted with back in the 1960's. But I will save that for another day when I have more patience.
Have you had to give up on a project before because you knew it was going to cost you more than it was worth?