When we moved into our house one of the first problems I had to solve was where to put my computer. I wanted to be in one of the main living areas, but not right smack dab in the middle of everything. Our old computer desk was great in the basement of the old house, but was too big to fit in any sort of nook in the new house. I set the computer up on the dining room table for a few days while I figured out the right spot. After getting used to the flow of the house, I realized that a little wall in the living room (close to the front door) would be the perfect spot. The only problem was that we didn't have the perfect furniture for the space.
So, we did what any good consumer would do and hit up Ikea. As soon as I saw the Vittjso Laptop Table I knew it would be perfect. It's skinny, doesn't feel too heavy in the space, and the best part...it was $39.99! You seriously can't go wrong for that price.
Mr. Swell assembled it for me in a matter of minutes and I set myself up.
It was good, but it felt a little bit blah. I wanted something a little fancier for the space.
Enter my favourite bling-er. Liquid Leaf Gilding in Brass. I've used both the Martha Stewart and the Liquid Leaf brand and find that they both work equally as well. I used a 40% off Michael's coupon and picked up a small jar for $6.
On Sunday morning while Fin and Mr. Swell were still sleeping, I removed the glass on the desk, moved it onto the tile (in case of any drips), and started gilding.
I know I've said it before, but my method of gilding is highly technical and fancy. Wrap your finger in plastic wrap. Tear a sheet of paper towel in half and wrap that over the plastic wrap. Dip your finger into the gilding and rub it on. Easy.
Here's how it looked after one coat.
The gilding covers quite well with just one coat, but I usually go back and do another one just to fill in any gaps. Unless you lay it on really thick, by the time you are done your first coat, it should be dry enough to do a second.
(A little dirty laundry and some random shoes are just par for the course around here).
Even with the saran wrap/paper towel combo, if you are doing a piece this big you will probably get at least some gold on your fingers.
I should have been more careful with my other fingers as I really had to scrub the gilding off of those ones!
The actual gilding took me about an hour and then the rest of the house was awake and I had to put the gold on hold for a few hours. And then this happened.....
I decided that the little brown shelf needed a little somethin' somethin' too. I grabbed some frog tape and sort of just went to town.
I was originally thinking that I'd do a starburst, but then it evolved into the triangles and I sort of fell in love with it.
While the gilding was still wet I pulled off all the tape. I seriously love Frog Tape...nice crisp lines!
It's a bit like a backgammon board, right?
I let the whole thing dry for a few hours and then moved it back into its little space.
So much better already. Just ignore the cords and the fact that there aren't any baseboards, ok? I can gild a desk in a morning, but trim is a whole other story!
I like the depth that gilding has as opposed to spray paint. It has a bit of streakiness and it gives a sort of worn quality that you can't achieve with spray paint. I also like that there is zero prep work before applying it, and once it's on it's tough as nails.
The space was looking good, but it needed one more thing to be complete.
We picked this guy up in Canmore when we were on vacation last month. I fell in love hard. He simply had to come home with us.
He's found his new home above my work space, and I think we are both pretty happy.
Yup, it's gold and bison love around here!
p.s. Thanks for all the love on The Week's End post on Sunday. I am glad I am not the only sentimental one around here. Love the conversations we had going in the comments!
Linking to: Thrifty Decor Chick