|Gold trim looks great with that brushed stainless lamp and table accent, right?|
Now, changing out the black is nearly impossible, and quite frankly at least it matches the TV. Finding a way to change out the brassy gold accent seemed a much easier proposition. I grabbed a Michael's coupon and headed off to find a solution. That solution seemed to be silver leaf. The package I picked up came with a glue-pen and several sheets of silver leaf. If you've never silver leafed something, here is a quick rundown of how to do it:
- Use the glue-pen to cover the area you want to turn silver (and only this area--trust me, you do not want to get the glue anywhere else)
|The left part of the trim has been 'glued'; the right part has not|
- Wait until it dries to tacky (The package suggests waiting 5-10 minutes. I agree. Don't try to rush it. If the glue is still in liquid form, the silver won't stick and you'll have a mess. Again, trust me.)
- Press a sheet of silver leaf against the sticky area, rubbing it to adhere.
|The silver leaf is on the bottom of the tissue-like paper. You can see how it would be important to keep the glue only on the trim and not on the table!|
- Peel back the paper that the leaf was stuck to.
- Using a craft brush, dust away any bits of silver that didn't adhere.
|Trim area on the left has been 'leafed'; the area on the right has not.|
- Lather, rinse, repeat until you're finished.
Here is the finished product! While subtle, the silver leaf really ties in with the lamps and tables on each side of the table. Altogether, I spent maybe fifteen minutes on this project and only used half the silver leaf.