How to Gold Leaf the easy way.

How to Gold Leaf the easy way.

If you follow me on Facebook you know I often do FB Lives when I’m in the workshop. I rarely do them at a scheduled time, but if I’m doing something that I think you may like I turn the camera on and show you!

Well, I had this piece in the shop and it was plain, as in no carvings! I’m lucky that almost 100% of my furniture comes from France and it’s mostly ornate and carved with lots of details which is fab! but I needed a flat surface for this Gold Leaf accent that I had been wanting to try.


How to Gold Leaf the easy way.


So it was a dark Mahogany colour and quite shiny, I prepped in the usual way by cleaning lightly sanding and I painted it with Fusion Mineral Paint’s Coal Black. You can but Fusion Paint here! I then added a slash of Gold leaf adhesive across the top and down the front, I used Artisan Enhancements leaf and foil adhesive, but any gold size will work like this one I’ve used this one too.



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When the leaf size is applied it goes on white and when it comes to tack it’s clear and ready for the leaf. It was about this time that I thought I’d turn the camera on and show you how easy it is! so here is the video, it’s had a good response and people have found it useful so I thought I’d share it with you!



Let me know in the comment if you thought it was useful.




Sarah XX

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  1. I love it!!! It looks absolutely gorgeous. I’ve seen a few gold leaf pieces similar to the one you just did and I’m naturally drawn to them. I’ve contemplated doing one myself but the mass amount of golf leaf intimidated me for some reason. Until now thanks to you. Thank you for posting this video. You have definitely inspired me to give a try. 😍

    • Sarah Pelley

      Hi Monica,
      I’m so glad you got something from it! It’s nice to know I make sense occasionally 😉

  2. Please let me know about any other classes about Gold Leafing.

  3. It is BEAUTIFUL!! I’m going to try it!!

  4. My daughter did a dressing 5ble in gol left it W beautiful but you say you can use any finish BUT we sent for what the gold leaf meter use n it not patchy and streaky……..would you know Why?

  5. Do you have to cut drawer/door openings or when you open them after applying the gold leaf you just have to smoth down edges etx.

  6. This is absolutely beautiful !! You make it look so easy and you have turned a plain piece of furniture to a beautiful work of art.

  7. I enjoyed the video. You made it look so easy!! I want to update a round kitchen table that was my mother’s. It has a pretty, wooden pedestal base, but a laminate top. I plan to sand down the laminate and add gold paint or gold leaf. I don’t want it to have just a solid, shiny painted finish. It will get some use so the gold will need to be durable. Do you think the gold leaf would work if it is sealed or do you have other suggestions? I love the variations to the gold leaf. Thank you! Connie

  8. Martine Bartholomay

    Stunning!!! I have a desk I painted a deep teal blue green with the DIY clay paint. That paint needs to be “sealed ” with something. Should I seal the finished desk, gold leaf AND clay paint all at one time at end of project?
    Can you use gold leaf with a stencil and get a pattern?
    Do you have brands of gold leaf you have found to prefer?
    thank you so much! Thankful I found your post!!

  9. Hi Martine,
    You could do either, I think would seal first just because your paint will drink up the adhesive maybe making you need more of it. You can use a stencil for sure I usually use a sponge to apply the adhesive as it’s easier to control. I get my Gold Leaf from a company in the UK so not much help to you I’m afraid.
    Glad the post was useful to you
    Thanks Sarah x

  10. Hi Connie, As long as you sealed it with a Gold Leaf sealer you should have no problems.
    Sarah X

  11. Thank you Sarah! One more question re the gold leaf. Does the imitation gold leaf apply as well? Does it have a nice of an end result? Or is it much better to use the REAL gold leaf?
    Thank you!

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