Thursday, December 29, 2011

How To Make Gold Leafed Candlesticks

If you are like me, you're taking this week kind of slow and enjoying some down time. But, if down time for you just happens to include a little DIY'ing, here's a fun way to update worn or old candlesticks with a little sheen!

Materials Needed:

  • collection of candlesticks in varying heights
  • fine-grit sandpaper
  • tack cloth
  • gold-leaf sheets
  • liquid adhesive
  • gold-leaf sealer
  • gold-leaf antiquing
  • 2 foam brushes

Gather Supplies

Find a collection of old or worn candlestick holders and collect needed supplies.

Sand Surfaces

Lightly sand candlestick holder surfaces to remove any existing finish.

Wipe Clean

Wipe away dust with tack cloth.

Apply Adhesive

Brush all surfaces with gold-leaf liquid adhesive. Let set approximately 30 minutes until tacky.

Apply Gold Leaf

Lay sheets of gold leaf over candlestick surfaces and press into place with foam brush. Repeat until entire surface is covered.

Wipe Away Excess Leafing

Brush away loose particles with foam brush.

Apply Sealer

Brush on layer of gold-leaf sealer. Let dry 30 minutes.

Apply Antiquing Finish

Brush on layer of gold-leaf antiquing finish.

Rub In and Wipe Away

Rub antiquing finish into cracks and ridges. Wipe away any excess with rag.

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  1. Neat idea! They turned out great! :)

  2. These look great! I've been wanting to try gold leaf and this is the perfect project!

  3. These are beautiful Janell! I hope you and your family are having a relaxing holiday. Happy New Year to you!


  4. Is this what you do when you run out of Rub-n-Buff? JK!
    Cute way to practice before you move on to something bigger. Like a piece of furniture.

  5. I've always wanted to try this! Looks fantastic!

  6. I am so bookmarking this! You make it look so easy and the result is breathtakingly beautiful~! Hope your holidays were merry and all the best in 2012!

  7. Love these! You've got me thinking now, what else can I cover with gold leaf??

  8. Beautiful! And they seem pretty user friendly-I think even I could do it! Thanks for the tutorial!

  9. These look great! I have only tried the gold flakes not the sheets. This looks much less messy then the flakes. Thanks for the tutorial. Happy New Year!

  10. Janell. You are so talented and inspiring! These are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing this amazing DIY.

  11. Is it even possible for you to come up with a DIY project that does not look fantastic?

    You are the queen, my friend!

    Happy new year, Ms. Janell. It will be a good one!



    P.S Jill and I are in!

  12. I love how these candlesticks turned out, they look fantastic! You always have a way to kick things up a notch.

    Wishing you a joyous new year, Janell and looking forward to more wonderful posts from you!

    Happy weekend!


  13. So fab! I think I've found my first project of the new year :) thanks!

  14. These are really pretty. Great idea!

  15. I am so glad that gold is back in style. Dang...I gold leafed a chair 20 years ago, might have to dig it out of the attic. Can I gold leaf the granite in my kitchen??????


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