DIY Gilded Tray.

DIY Gilded Tray // Grace Atwood, The Stripe.

About a month or so ago, I had the opportunity to attend a DIY workshop with Amy Howard and Ace Hardware. If you are not familiar with Amy, you should be – she is one of the most creative and inspiring people I’ve ever met. She is a leading furniture restoration expert (with an amazing line of products available exclusively at Ace), and some truly incredible projects. On top of that, Amy is so warm, kind, + inviting that upon meeting her you feel as though you’ve made a new best friend. During the workshop, Amy walked us through several amazing projects – from a full kitchen remodel to a couch that she had painted with her one step paint (it looked like leather!). Upon leaving the workshop, I had the sense that anything is possible. That I could go home, paint my couch, buy lamps at the thrift store and restore them on my own… conquer the world, basically!

We made a few things during the workshop (including a pillow that’s on my couch – scroll all the way down to see it), but my favorite thing I learned is… how to gild. I love all things gold… and now I kind of want to make everything in my apartment gold using Amy’s gilding size + gold leaf. I decided to start with an old West Elm lacquer tray that I’ve had for several years. It was showing quite a bit of wear and tear (especially on the inside) and so I decided to gild the interior to make it a little more interesting. You can easily do this at home – either to spruce up a tray you already own – or to make for a lucky recipient as a holiday gift. The best part is that all of Amy’s products are available at Ace Hardware, so you can grab everything you need in one place.

DIY Gilded Tray // Grace Atwood, The Stripe.

You’ll need:

DIY Gilded Tray // Grace Atwood, The Stripe.

DIY Gilded Tray // Grace Atwood, The Stripe.

I started by cleaning it and then painting the interior with a coat of Amy’s One Step Paint. As the tray is made out of a shiny material the paint helps the gilding hold on a bit better. It also covered up a few stains.

DIY Gilded Tray // Grace Atwood, The Stripe.

Cut the paint with water (50% water, 50% paint), and mix well.

DIY Gilded Tray // Grace Atwood, The Stripe.

Paint on a coat, and allow to dry.

DIY Gilded Tray // Grace Atwood, The Stripe.

DIY Gilded Tray // Grace Atwood, The Stripe.

Once the paint is fully dry, paint on a very thin coat of Gilding Size. Let it dry just a little bit (so that is tacky), and then begin pressing your sheets of gold leaf onto the size.

DIY Gilded Tray // Grace Atwood, The Stripe.

The best advice I can give you is not to be scared. Just keep adding more gold leaf. If the sheet breaks and you get a hole, just add a bit more gilding size and fill in the hole with more gold leaf. Don’t worry too much about texture as you will fix that later. And don’t be afraid to cut the sheets of leaf into smaller pieces to get into the corner (or cover the edges of the tray). It will get messy but you will be just fine.The important thing is to cover as much space as possible with gold leaf… and to press it on as firmly as possible.

DIY Gilded Tray // Grace Atwood, The Stripe.

DIY Gilded Tray // Grace Atwood, The Stripe.

Once you feel satisfied, allow it to dry. Don’t worry about it looking perfect – the imperfections here are what make it especially pretty.

DIY Gilded Tray // Grace Atwood, The Stripe.

Once the leaf/sizing is completely dry, take your steel wool and buff away any extra leaf… smoothing out any bumps and imperfections.

DIY Gilded Tray // Grace Atwood, The Stripe.

Dispose of any dust from the polishing… and wipe with a soft cloth. Then, to seal it all in and protect your new gilded finish, spray with a coat of clear lacquer. Make sure your space is well ventilated!!!

Allow to dry, and voila – your tray is complete!

DIY Gilded Tray // Grace Atwood, The Stripe.

What a pretty makeover!

Fun fact – see that white patterned pillow on my couch in the background? We made that during our workshop with Amy (all you need to do it is the one step paint and a stencil).

DIY Gilded Tray // Grace Atwood, The Stripe.

Created in Partnership with ACE Hardware.

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  1. Tracy Schwartz says 11.22.16

    This is so awesome. I love a good diy project. Will have to check out Amy!

    That pillow came out great!

    • graceatwood says 11.22.16

      Thank you Tracy! I hope you check her out – she is super talented!!

  2. Leah says 11.22.16

    Chuck Klosterman is my favorite!!!

    • graceatwood says 11.22.16

      I really love this book so far!

  3. Brittany says 11.22.16

    whoa this turned out awesome! what a good gift idea too!

    xo, brittany
    diy winter floral crowns on the blog today!
    http://www.notablob.com

    • graceatwood says 11.22.16

      Thank you so much Brittany! xx

  4. Marta says 11.22.16

    That looks amazing! And it seems so easy to do!

    • graceatwood says 11.22.16

      It’s really so easy! Hope you give it a try! xx

  5. Julia says 11.22.16

    That tray look amazing! Great work 🙂

    • graceatwood says 11.22.16

      Thank you so much friend!!! Can’t wait to see your project!

  6. Shannon Waisath says 11.23.16

    So stinkin cute! thanks for sharing.

    http://shannoninthecity.com

    • graceatwood says 11.23.16

      Thank you Shannon! xx

  7. elizabeth ashley says 11.23.16

    I hear so many good things about her too, her person & her company! Love the diy 🙂

    • graceatwood says 11.23.16

      She’s amazing. So warm and inviting… I wanted to stay and hang out and craft with her all day!!!

  8. Amy brown says 11.26.16

    I just discovered your blog and really enjoy it!

    • graceatwood says 11.26.16

      Aw thank you Amy!! Have a lovely weekend! xx