A Week of Redecorating

January 31st, 2007



I just completed the bedroom redecoration that’s been keeping my heart beating at a quicker pace. I’m the kind of girl who can’t sleep–or at least think about other things–until a project is done. I guess you could say that it’s the end destination, not the journey, that that defines me. I do enjoy the making of things, but really it’s the finished product that keeps me making things, reading things, cooking things. Some people would say this isn’t the best way to live, but there are always more projects to be made, more books to be read, and more (many more) meals to cook, so it all works out in the end.

There are many pieces that I want to show you, so instead of having one, really long post that is overwhelmed with pictures and far too many words, I’ll show you things piece by piece. I bought this dresser and a “matching” headboard off of Craigslist for $75. Both pieces date about 1930, although I don’t think they were a set, and were stained a mahogany color. Somewhere along the way the dresser had been veneered and chipped to pieces, so I decided to gold leaf and paint it with a powder blue (Laura Ashley). The gold leaf process was very delicate and took forever, but actually pretty easy to do. I used the special gold leaf glue the package recommends, which stayed tacky for 24 hours, laid the gold leaf, and sealed it with water-based Polycrylic. The trick to gold leafing is using wax paper to pick up and press down the leaf. It worked like a charm, and only 14 hours later I was finished. The supplies cost about $70, so the project totaled $120, if you don’t count man hours.

More bedroom pics tomorrow!

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Beth K  |  January 31st, 2007 at 5:32 pm

    Nifty. I like it.

  • 2. Shell  |  January 31st, 2007 at 6:44 pm

    It looks wonderful! You did a fantastic job – I love that blue colour, so pretty!

  • 3. Eero  |  January 31st, 2007 at 11:02 pm

    Very nice! I’m working with gold leaf in paintings these days—quite the frustrating material, I must say. Of course, the effect it gives is like no other, so always worth the effort!

  • 4. futuregirl  |  February 2nd, 2007 at 11:08 am

    Ooooo. I wish I could see this in person. Pictures of metallics never do them justice.

  • 5. marybeth  |  February 3rd, 2007 at 4:28 am


    wow! what a wonderful treasure! I Luv your color choice!

    you surely hold the patience of a saint to be able to gold leaf such a large surface!-WOW!

    Your finished piece is amazing.

    It is wonderful to see you posting again!!!

    Did you receive my mail??

  • 6. Aja  |  February 3rd, 2007 at 8:50 pm

    Gorgeous!! I can’t believe how great that turned out, well worth all your work and effort for sure. No one will ever have a dresser like yours!

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