Last week I was invited to take a private tour of the new Oklahoma City West Elm store. Fancy, right?
I got to be their first paying customer and I bought a brass armadillo to add to my vintage brass animal collection. It’s about time the rest of the world caught on to my brass animal obsession! And look at that focal wall with the West Elm sign. It’s reclaimed from a church in Philadelphia. If you are in OKC you need to stop by just to see that wall. Anyway, while chatting with their PR rep during the tour she said the big emphasis for fall is teaching their customers about how to add a layer of luxury to any room. This can be done with gold accessories, mirrored coasters or end-tables, or pops of texture. I left the store totally inspired and ready to burn a hole in my credit card.
This picture is from January and showcases how I have struggled to fill the space above our monstrous TV. My original plan was to replace our beast of a television with a flat screen above the fire place but instead I get to pay for my labor and delivery bill as well as the $1300.00 to have our house exterminated for termites. I found a tiny part of our baseboards caved in and my suspicions of termites were confirmed when we called the pest control guy. I called my husband bawling and swearing that we were white trash living in a bug infested house but the termite guy assured me that almost every house in Oklahoma gets termites every 10 years. Yay.
I wish I didn’t have the eye-sore of a TV taking up this entire picture but I wanted to show you how I filled the space above it in case you are struggling with filling that space on your wall as well. It looks a little off in the photo because I chose to center the frames on the wall and not center them based on the TV.
For this project you will need some Ikea Frames. Mine were the 23” x 23” Fjallsta Frames in black. You will also need some Plaid Liquid Leaf in Classic Gold, FrogTape, a tape measure, and a piece of chalk.
I measured 5 inches from each corner and taped it off with FrogTape.
This was my first time using Liquid Leaf and I am NEVER going back to using traditional Gold Leafing again! No more of the 187-step process of putting on the adhesion gel, waiting for it to get tacky, burnishing on the leafing paper, and then buffing. Liquid Leaf is ONE STEP! Brush it on and then you are done!
When using the Liquid Leaf make sure you are in a ventilated area because it is a little stinky. I brushed on each coat waiting about 20 minutes between coats.
It took 3 coats to get good coverage but I had plenty of Liquid Leaf left when I was done.
This little project turned these cheapie Ikea Frames into a show stopping wall in our living room. I think the West Elm rep would be proud. And my hubs is even more proud I used stuff we already had instead of burning it up on my West Elm tour.
I just noticed in this picture there is a rogue piece of gold leaf at the bottom of the frame. I went back and covered it up with a few swipes of a black Sharpie. Just a FYI in case you make the same mistake.
What do you think about adding touches of glam in your home? Is it too Liberace for your taste or are you feeling the gilded look? I feel like a little metallic can fix anything. Do you love gold too? Follow my all things GOLD Pinterest Board!