I have attempted silver leafing 1 other time here and I SWORE I’d never do it again… but since I still had almost an entire package of the leafing left, I thought I’d try it again. So here’s the step by step:
Step 1: Fix the lamp! No shocker here, but I got our my trusty hot glue gun and glued… and glued.. and glued again. Probably not the best way to do it, but since this is a lamp that we won’t be using every day, it’s fine.
Step 2: Follow the directions on the package is my #1 recommendation. Anyway, you use the glue sealer and use a paintbrush to wipe all over lamp. This stuff basically looks/works like watered down Elmers Glue. You need to let it set for about 30 mins or so till it becomes clear and very tacky.
Step 3: Use contact paper to pull the sheets of silver off and apply to the lamp. I then used a foam brush to brush over the contact paper and rub it on.
It’s a long , messy and frustrating process, and again I would totally recommend that you read the directions.
Step 4: Take the foam brush and lightly brush over entire lamp to get the excess off. (this will go everywhere.. you’ve been warned).
Step 5: Find a lamp shade (always a tough task on a budget I think). I got this little gem from my fav store, Home Goods… and presto… silver lamp!
Here it is in the extra bedroom where is it’s current home. (I’ll post more about this little room later.)