Want to transform an ordinary fireplace wall into something elegant and dazzling? Consider gilding. A few weeks back interior designer Patricia Gifford-Crocker asked me to gild a client’s fireplace wall. It made a rather ordinary backdrop into the focal piece of the room.
The process involved several steps. First I skimmed the wall, making sure the texture of the wall was smooth and even. Next I primed and painted it. Then I gilded it with composite gold leaf. And lastly, I finished it off with a seal coat.
It might sound like it would be too much, but gilding done the right way can be tasteful and artful. It gives a living room or study a stunning, warm centerpiece.
A little gilding can absolutely transform an entire room.