If you follow the blog on Facebook, a few weeks ago you saw a picture of a few things I picked up from Goodwill. When I got home I found that the small, white tumbler I purchased for 77 cents was a designer piece that normally sells for $18.
Sure, it’s not a special antique find but it’s fun to see what can turn up at thrift stores. The Jonathan Adler Lacquer bath tumbler is sold as part of a spa bathroom collection. I think it’s intended for use as a cup on a sink vanity but I think it’s also great as a bud vase or even on a desk as a holder for pens or pencils.
I decided to dress it up a little. I took a look at craft supplies I already had on hand and found my nearly untouched gold leafing kit. I used only the adhesive from the kit back when I turned a twin headboard into a silver leafed chalkboard.
The nice thing is this is an easy update almost anyone can do in only four short steps. If you don’t have gold leaf, you could try a shimmery, metallic paint.
- Using ScotchBlue painters tape, tape off a stripe of desired width.
- Using a small brush, brush the area with a thin coat of the adhesive and allow it to sit for about 45 minutes.
- Press gold leaf on the sticky area and smooth as desired.
- Brush the gold leafed area with a thin coat of sealer. (I used clear gloss Polycrylic because I already had it.) Carefully remove tape and …voila!
This is a simple change but it makes such a lovely difference. I usually prefer silver over gold but I really love how gold leaf has such a warm shine with the white. I am glad to add a touch of it to the house.
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