Transform an ordinary display cupboard into a gleaming fixture. Silver leaf lends luster to the interior; it is also an accent on the doors. 

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.

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What you need


How to do it

Part 1

Step 1

Remove the back of your cabinet and paint it silver, so any cracks in leafing won't show. 

silver leaf cabinet
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.

silver leaf cabinet
Step 3

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

silver leaf cabinet
Step 4

Smooth edges with the dry brush.


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