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An Eye-Catching Silver leaf Cabinet




 The pale-green base color matches the walls for a built-in effect. Crown molding and polished-nickel knobs complete the look. Aluminum leaf looks almost identical to silver but doesn't tarnish.



  1. Step 1

    Remove the back of your cabinet and paint it silver, so any cracks in leafing won't show. Gather your supplies: silver-leafing sizing, 4-inch roller, aluminum leaf, gilder's tip brush, and a soft pig-hair paintbrush.

  2. Step 2

    Apply sizing with roller, and let dry until tacky, about 30 minutes. Rub gilder's tip brush on your sleeve to generate static, and wave it over a square of leaf, which will rise to meet it. Hold the sheet near the surface -- it will adhere to the sizing when the gilder's tip gets close.

  3. Step 3

    Tap the sheet into place with the dry paintbrush. Continue, overlapping squares by 1/4 to 1/2 inch.

  4. Step 4

    Smooth edges with the dry brush.

Martha Stewart Living, September 2005



Reviews (2)

  • AndrewCampbell 23 Dec, 2013

    Where can I buy silver leaf from? Is it available in craft shops I wonder? I like the effect of this cabinet and have something similar at home that would be very nice in silver so I would like to have a go to see if I could reproduce it.

  • jlw123 5 Sep, 2011

    What a great idea. Love how it blends into the wall. Perfect for my over crowded sewing room.