Metallic leaf is one of my favorite craft materials, but I’ve never used it on anything larger than a vase or a small wood project. This copper-trimmed vanity table from Nicole has inspired me to do more with the medium, especially after seeing how it sets off the fine wood. The warm, rich tones on this vanity are so sophisticated — a very different look from its previous “princess style” finish — and it’s perfect in Nicole’s chic entryway. Beautiful work, Nicole! — Kate
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Read more about Nicole’s copper-leafed vanity table after the jump!
Time: 2 hours
Cost: $20 (supplies + latex gloves)
Basic Steps: The vanity had been recently stained, so there was no initial work (sanding) to be done. I already had a nice smooth edge; I just wiped off any dust. I purchased the copper leaf and the three components (base coat, adhesive, sealer) at a local art store. I applied the red base coat to the vanity and let it dry for an hour. Next, I applied adhesive to a small portion of the vanity and waited for it to become tacky; this took far less time than the bottle recommended. Just wait for the color to change from milky white to clear. I applied copper leaf to the vanity and gently rubbed it on using gloved hands (to prevent tarnishing). Any spots you miss on the first application can be touched up by tapping a piece of leaf on the spot. After you have applied the leaf to your liking, apply the sealer (still wearing the gloves). Repeat until complete.