Before & After – Wooden Bowls with Gold Leaf

Wooden Bowls with Gold Leaf | this heart of mine

There are times when projects don’t begin from scratch. Some begin with a found object that needs a touch up, re-purposing or a make-over. This Before & After series will highlight such projects.

These bowls have been on my shelf for months! I messed with them right after I found them in the thrift store but lost interest after my ideas didn’t pan out. And there they sat. Quietly staring at me. Passive aggressively needling me to hurry up and figure it out. But nothing came. Then, all these months later, it finally hit me: gold leaf. Paired with the warm wood tones, the gold leaf heightens the natural simple beauty of the bowls

Wooden Bowls with Gold Leaf | this heart of mine

Using gold leaf does make the bowls unsuitable for food stuff. I’m okay with it since wooden tableware make me uneasy. These beauties are destined for a job like corralling the small miscellaneous objects that accumulate around the house although it’s more likely they will just sit, handsome as all get out, on the shelves currently under construction. Some things are too fine for hard labor.

Wooden Bowls with Gold Leaf | this heart of mine

If you want to make some for yourself, here’s how I did it.

Supplies:

-wooden bowls
-gold leaf
-gold leaf adhesive
-brush

Wooden Bowls with Gold Leaf | this heart of mine

Wooden Bowls with Gold Leaf | this heart of mine

After deciding on the design, I brushed on the gold leaf adhesive. The adhesive I use requires some dry time; a pause so the liquid can dry up and leave behind a very sticky surface. For the longest time I didn’t do the wait part so here’s a hint: make sure to read the directions.

When the adhesive was ready, I laid on the gold leaf. Because of the angle and curves, the leaf didn’t go on perfectly but I love the imperfect. The cracks and breaks add character.

Wooden Bowls with Gold Leaf | this heart of mine

I put on enough gold leaf to cover the all the adhesive and added more to areas that were lacking. It’s a delicate process because the leaf is so flimsy. If you have flaky edges, use a gentle finger to press the pieces back down or brush excess pieces away. A gold leaf sealant is a good idea to protect the design.

Wooden Bowls with Gold Leaf | this heart of mine

And then, finally, the bowls are done. No more stares filled with longing. That is long gone. From now on, it’s only shimmery goldy glimmers.

Wooden Bowls with Gold Leaf | this heart of mine

One more thing off the shelf. So many more to go. :)

About Amy Christie

Amy is a wife, mother of two and a maker. Making is her thing whether it is food, DIYs or photos of her children. Follow Amy on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Bloglovin, Twitter, and through her once-a-month newsletter to keep up with the latest from this heart of mine.

12 thoughts on “Before & After – Wooden Bowls with Gold Leaf

  1. These are gorgeous! And I agree that they look better without the flawless feel. I am more into rustic glam decor and I feel like that would be a great addition.

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