My friend Poodle's all-cream apartment was in need of a little TLC to warm things up, but her strict landlord won't let her change much. With her exotic past addresses including Morocco and Tunisia, (and belly dancing skills like you've never seen) I thought it would be fun to reference North African decor. She had a pile of unused gold frames and a beautiful heavy wooden Moroccan coffee table. I thought a gold door would look great with the frames and really light up the room with the amazing sunlight they get in the daytime.

Instead of just painting it I thought it would be interesting to cover it in gold leaf. The real stuff is way too expensive, so we got some imitation gold leaf, some glue, sealant, and a small bottle of gold metallic leaf paint from Blick. We needed five packs to cover one side of the door and the frame.  We first covered the door in a thin layer of glue, and waited about 40 minutes before beginning to apply the leaf.

 The gold leaf was challenging to work with.  We chose to start at the bottom because I knew that our first few might be a little experimental. It took a few curse words and some interesting collage-like patches to get the hang of it but we finally got the technique down.  Make sure all the windows are closed and the fans are off, because any drafts can cost you dearly. I patched up any scars or parts we missed with the gold paint, which I was a little nervous about at first but wound up giving it a really nice finish.

Voila! Less vanilla, more riad. The golden glow of the door adds a great feeling to the room. I'm really excited to have learned how to work with the gold leaf, I know this will not be the first time. Also, a new doorknob is soon to come. Sorry about the terrible quality of the photos. I took them on my iPad.


.sabo skirt. said...

The golden door looks great!:)

Much love from the SABO SKIRT girls!

Anna - Canoe Design said...

Wow, incredible! Looks fantastic, good for you!

ines said...

hi there, ines writing from Cambodia. I love your blog. Have done the same things to 2 of my doors in silver a few years ago, in my mas in France. We are ideas-connected.

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Phuong said...

looks great!
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Tamara said...

wow I just discovered your blog and really like it. Think you have great style and am following now! Definitely a new fan! You are very inspiring
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Barbara Scarlett Brayovic said...

THATS AMAZING!! looks absolutely great i want to try it now

SEDG said...

Really cool. Looks great!

Moi, Bonie said...

petite recette pour cette nouvelle année :

2 cuillères à café de réussite
0 soucis
1 zeste de surprise
2 pincées d'humour
le tout arrosé de bonheur et d'amour

HAPPY NEW YEAR !!! A toi, ton chéri, ta soeur et tt le monde :)

PS : J'adore la porte !

bisous bisous

kristina said...

how awesome is this golden door = very creative indeed!!
xoxo, kristina