Friday, March 21, 2014

Use Foil for an easy Silver Leaf finish!

 Aged silver leaf on a cabinet is a beautiful look.
Want to get the look without the hassle?
Our lovely cabinet was not so lovely to begin with,
take a look at its transformation.
This wood cabinet is an old stereo cabinet.
The front panels had cracked decorative panels that we removed.
Next step was using Annie Sloan's wonderful paint to cover.
We used Graphite Chalk Paint® for the base to our silver leaf effect.
After the paint dried we applied a coat of Artisan Enhancements Leaf and Foil sizing.
Its like a watery glue that you paint on with a brush.
Colin and I painted the sizing on together working from either ends
of the cabinets.  We were undecided about the panels so we did not
apply the sizing inside the paneled area at first. Later we changed our minds
and did size that area as well. Wait for the sizing to dry to tacky status,
about 45 minutes.
Then start with a sheet of foil that will cover an area.
Foil is thin and on a roll (you can see it on the floor next to me).
It comes in silver, champagne and gold.
Where ever you paint the sizing on is where the foil will stick.
I roll off about 18" and then stick it matte side to the sized area.
Then rub it on with a scrub brush or a dried sea sponge to make good contact
before you peel the sheet of foil back.  The metallic foil will stick to the cabinet
and the sheet will come off almost transparent, as you can see above.
This is soooo easy and fast! Foil doesn't flake like silver leaf and you can do
large sections at a time, making this project go very quickly indeed!

Rubbing it on, peeling it off~this is the look.
You will see the brush strokes of the sizing and it creates a 
very natural leafed effect.
After a bit of debate, Colin went ahead and foiled the interiors of the panels.
Then he selected a stencil and used Graphite Chalk Paint® to go over the silver.
Look at how amazing this looks!
Our stencil pattern was Royal Design Studios Small Eastern Lattice.
We sell these stencils as well as the foil, sizing and Chalk Paint,
both online and in our shop in Reading Massachusetts.
You can see how it looks after Colin finished the first door,
AFter it was all finished he protected it with Artisan Enhancements Clear Top Coat.
We use this over special finishes, like foil for a clear protective coat.
You can finish it with Annie Sloan's clear soft wax but it will dull down the foil.
Finished silver leaf effect cabinet!
Finished in one day! Hooray!
To see how easy it is to apply foil,
watch the quick short video below.
To purchase these supplies 
go to DIY furniture supplies at our online shop


  1. That turned out so pretty and interesting looking. I've never seen a piece of furniture done like that before.

  2. THAT is quite amazing! I never knew you could use foil like that?! Is is ANY store bought foil or a special Kind? that peels??? Also the idea for stenciling was brilliant, the effect wonderful! beautiful piece, please let me know about the "peeling foil"...blessings, lady

  3. Absolutely stunning! I love the look and thank you for showing us how it is done!

    Gigi @ Old World Patina

  4. Hi Amy,
    I saw your comment on Tina's blog post about me, and PLEASE PLEASE don't feel intimidated!
    Think of the Wizard in The Wizard of Oz - the little man behind the curtain pulling lots of strings to look big!
    I have a dozen professionals/people helping me with this home renovation project - it is NOT me on my own!

    I looked at your projects on your last fe posts, and I'd never be able to do what you do, let alone make it so easy!


  5. What a gorgeous finish. It looks like something straight off the pages of Veranda magazine. I love the look

  6. The silver leaf is nice and looking awesome. Thanks for sharing.
    Loom Home Textiles

  7. I LOVE this technique and look forward to trying it on a small decorative hutch. Do you have any pieces you have done using the champagne foil that you could post a photo of ?? I have a particular piece in mind, but not sure whether silver or champagne is best for this particular project. Love your result! Thank you for sharing.

  8. This is stunning! I love all your makeovers, but this one is quite special. You are all so talented! Best, Beth C.

  9. That is the coolest stuff, Amy! What an amazing transformation with that old cabinet! I'm thinking that this foil may be fun to use on candlesticks, little trinket boxes, etc to give them a semi-florentine look??? Great job and thanks for the video, too!!!!

    xoxo laurie

  10. Amy, that is so beautiful!!!..Just love the finish!

  11. It is nice and seems to be easy to do, thank you to share!



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