How To Gild a Chair

How To Gild a Chair

Kimber Watson
Jun 14, 2012

Paint is usually the go-to choice when you want to quickly transform an old piece of furniture. And with good reason — it's an inexpensive and quick solution. But if you're interested in mega-drama and are willing to invest a bit more time, then turn your attention to gilding.

Gilding is a technique where gold, silver or another fine metal sheet is adhered to a surface. The process is trickier than paint in that great care needs to be taken to prepare the workroom so there is no air movement, which can cause problems when separating and adhering the delicate metal sheets. But overall, it's a fairly easy process that can produce expensive-looking results, the perfect project to tackle over the weekend. For one chair, you can expect to spend around $50-$100.

For the full set of instructions along with detailed photographs, visit Fresh Home Ideas.

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