How To Add Gold Leaf On Furniture For A Glamorous Look

How to Make Your Black Furniture Look More GLAM!
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Gold Leaf on furniture can be so dramatic in the right space, especially if you pair it with black paint. I was really excited to hear a repeat client wanted me to repaint this piece with a black and gold theme. Of course, I jumped all over it! This sideboard was used as a changing table with her first baby, and how precious is it that it will be used again for her second child. It feels good to be a part of something this special.

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Before The Gold Leaf

I love a black furniture makeover. This one is getting a little Hollywood GLAM with gold leaf.To help you find the products that I used, here is a list and where you can find them for your gold leaf furniture makeovers.

Black Furniture With Gold Leaf

Black Furniture Paint #dododsondesigns #blackfurniture #goldleaf #paintedfurniture I painted the base of the sideboard with a beautiful black chalky type paint. Here’s a tip for you! Paintbrushes matter! Cling On is a great paintbrush for blending paints. It’s my go-to brush for this technique. You can find Cling On brushes HERE! Want to learn more about blending? CLICK HERE to learn how to blend like a pro on your furniture.

Blending Paint

Wise Owl Black Furniture Paint is highly pigmented and clay based. This makes it perfect to blend for creative finishes on your furniture. #dododsondesigns #blackfurniture #paintedfurniture

To get this blended paint look, while the black paint is still wet, add a light color (light gray) to your paintbrush. Then quickly started from the center and in a circular motion, blend the two paints together and gradually faded it out into the black. Learn more about blending paint on your furniture HERE.


I applied gold leaf to black furniture for a pop of Wow! #dododsondesigns #blackfurniture #goldleaf #paintedfurniture Want to learn more about applying gold leaf on your furniture? CLICK HERE to learn about my video library of furniture finishes for gold leaf and more!

Applying Glue

I used a special adhesive to apply gold leaf to my black furniture. #dododsondesigns #blackfurniture #goldleaf #paintedfurniture Next, apply a thin coat of the Metal Leaf Adhesive to the areas you want the metal leaf to adhere to your furniture. You will notice the glue is white with a blue hue. That’s totally normal with this glue and after it becomes tacky it will turn clear. Allowing the glue to become tacky is important for proper adhesion of the gold leaf. This will take a few minutes. Always read the direction on the glue first because other brands may require different times to become tacky.

How To Apply Gold Leaf To Furniture Video Tutorial


Sealing The Gold Leaf On Your Furniture

Sealing your gold leaf will keep it from oxidizing and losing it's shine on your black furniture. #dododsondesigns #blackfurniture #goldleaf #paintedfurniture After the application of gold leaf on furniture, you’ll need to seal it with a topcoat to protect the gold leaf from oxidation.  I recommend Modern Masters Master Clear Top Coat to keep the brilliance. It’s specially formulated for metallic finishes.

Glamorous Gold Leaf Furniture

Gold leaf on furniture for a glamorous look.


How to paint black furniture with a touch of gold leaf for a Hollywood Glam look. #dododsondesigns #blackfurniture #goldleaf #paintedfurniture

What a dramatic change black and gold can make on furniture. Do you have a flair for all things shiny? I’d love to hear from you. Leave me a comment and tell me all about it in the comment section below. How about a copper leaf makeover on furniture? CLICK HERE if you wanna see one of my favorites!

Until the next project… xo, Do