DIY Inspiration: Gold Leaf

gilded headboard DIY

I get so excited about some projects that they keep me awake, literally. This morning I actually awoke from a dream about using gold leaf when I finally refinish our headboard (pictured above), instead of just using gold paint. I’d been looking for some affordable but high quality gold leaf options online the other day and was shocked when I found some great options under $10, so I think my mind probably went into overdrive imagining all the uses. Jewelry? Art? Maybe gold leaf on my rusted old $7 yard sale bike? I really love the look of kind of worn, or aged gold leaf items in case you couldn’t tell from my flowerpot project, so I thought I’d share some of the other “gilded” inspirational photos I’ve been looking to as I approach this next project.

Love the rich look of this gilded, upholstered, tufted headboard next to these velvety, luxe, but simple bed linens

One of the reasons I’m now on the hunt for a set of two wing-back chairs

…and a campaign-style dresser like this

Gilded paint to accent moldings — I am drooling, and this is a favorite color blue

And last but not least, some stunning gold leaf Easter eggs. Definitely bookmarking this one for next year, especially since it’s a family tradition to preserve our blown-out, decorated Easter eggs year-to-year.

So what inspires you so much it keeps you up at night? I’d love to hear!


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