DIY Tray Table with Gold Leaf
Room Makeovers

GOLD LEAF TRAY TABLES: A TUTORIAL

Can you even believe how cold it is? Sheesh! Thankful for the sunlight though. Since it was too cold to do ANYTHING the last two days I had plenty of time to style up my little tables that I made over last week and get a few more pictures. Oh, and I had some much needed girl time with my bestie. I have to start making more time to do that. I always feel so good about life in general after I hang out with that girl. There’s just something about being around someone that really knows you and still loves you. Haha! Anyway, I also wanted to share the step-by-step of the makeover.

DIY Tray Table with Gold Leaf
DIY Tray Table with Gold Leaf

 

DIY Tray Tables with Gold Leaf
DIY Tray Tables with Gold Leaf

This is what the tables looked like before, in case you forgot. 

Target Calhoun Nightstand
Target Calhoun Nightstand

Resources:


Metal Tables- Purchased at Bargain Hunt (but they’re manufactured for Target) for $7.35 each

Square Glass-Bottom Trays– Purchased at Target on clearance for $25.00 each

(I don’t think the tables are available anymore but the trays are. They also have them in black and red.)

Gold Spray Paint

Gold Leaf in Bronze and Bright Gold

Martha Stewart Specialty Paint in Vintage Gold

Soft Bristle Makeup Brush

Foam Paint Brushes

Latex Gloves

Mod Podge

 

Ok, I know this seems like a lot of stuff but I already had most of it. Even if you don’t have any of these items you can get all of them (except the table and tray) at Hobby Lobby or Micheal’s. Be sure to use the weekly coupon they offer to get 40% off.

 

Process:


Spray paint the tables. I painted about three coats. A little bit of black still showed through but that didn’t matter since I knew I would be applying gold leaf and more paint.

Next, apply the gold leaf. I used gold leaf sheets in bronze because I wanted some variation in tone. I used Mod Podge to adhere the gold leaf to the tables. I painted small sections of it to the table with a foam brush then applied the sheets, using latex gloves. After it had plenty of time to dry (about 30 minutes to an hour) I used a makeup brush to softly brush off the excess gold leaf.

Table with Gold Leaf
Table with Gold Leaf

Once it was all brushed off I applied small pieces of gold leaf flakes in bright gold in random places on the tables. I wanted the tables to look aged and have some texture. Then I let them dry and went back over it with the makeup brush to eliminate all the excess.

Table with Gold Leaf
Table with Gold Leaf

The next step is to seal the gold leaf. I used paint to do this. I painted the tables with my favorite paint! This is where Martha comes in. I used a foam brush to paint over the gold leaf with the Vintage Gold Specialty Paint by Martha Stewart, all over the tables. You can see where the brassiness starts to go away when the paint is applied.

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After it dried, and this paint dries pretty quickly, I glued the trays to the table tops with E-6000 glue.

Sorry, no pics of that. When you use this glue you have to work fast. Basically I just applied a thin line of glue all the way around the bottom of the tray, underneath. Then I pressed the tray to the table top and quickly wiped the excess glue off with a paper towel. Just to make sure it would stick I placed some heavy books in the trays and let them sit overnight.

DIY Tray Tables with Gold Leaf
DIY Tray Tables with Gold Leaf

 

DIY Tray Table
DIY Tray Table

 

DIY Tray Table
DIY Tray Table

 

DIY Tray Table
DIY Tray Table
DIY Tray Tables with Gold Leaf
DIY Tray Tables with Gold Leaf

(Brady woke up from his four hour nap long enough to give me his approval.)

I love how versatile these tables are. They move around sooo easily and take up very little space. Plus I actually have a little storage having the trays AND the shelves underneath. Now if I could just find a rug! Speaking of rugs, did you see the rug I found for our dining area that I posted on Instagram? It was 80% off so I ended up getting it for $23.00! For a 6×9 Safavieh rug! I still can’t get over that.

Have a great (and warm) weekend friends!!

I’m linking up this week at the following fabulous linky parties. Liz Marie Blog / Chic on a Shoestring Decorating / Finding Fabulous / Be Different Act Normal / The 36th Avenue / Life in Velvet / Suburbs Mama / DIY Showoff / Rain on a Tin Roof / Tiny Sidekick / The DIY Dreamer / The Happy Housie

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