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Giddy for Gold Leaf

Updated: Sep 19, 2019

Hi everyone! I'm back and better than ever because this week I learned how to gold leaf! You may have heard of gold leaf before. Lately, it's everywhere! In hair, in food, in art as well as on furniture! This trend continues to rise in popularity every day!

The project I completed this week is a mahogany chest that will be placed in the client's bathroom and used as a vanity. This chest is actually for blankets- the inside is cedar and features dowel rods for hanging blankets. So cool! Here at and the Southern Institute of Faux Finishing, we are all about painting and creating for and with the client in mind. We're here to help clients figure out what their most beautiful life looks like! The makeover we gave this chest is the perfect example of this.


Here's a list of the products we used to breathe new life into this antique chest!

1. Jolie custom paint mix: 1 part Antique White + 1 part Misty Cove


I started by painting on two coats of the Jolie custom mix. Then, I sanded the entirety of the piece with 600 grit sandpaper. Next, I attached the gold leaf with DUX Size and allowed it some time to dry. I followed this with the Clear Wax and then the Brown wax, removing all excess wax with cheesecloth. We think it turned out to be gorgeous! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to connect with us here on our website, on Facebook, on Instagram, or on our Pinterest!

Thanks for reading everybody! Best wishes, and I'll talk to you soon!

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