Mar 21, 2013

gilded brick doorstop

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time : minutes
difficulty : ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ 
hazards : fumes, sudden desire to gild everything
would i do it again? : yep!

do you remember this brick fish snagged from a demolition site near our old apartment?

painted it gold last spring,
then called it into service as a doorstop:

i liked it...but it wasn't quite metallic enough for me.

i achieved the color with gold craft paint:

 the brick just sucked up the color.

i decided to try martha stewart's {liquid gilding}, which i've used before on a moose, an owl, and a pumpkin.  

so why not a brick?

(see similar gilding options from dick blick here!)

i went right over the existing paint:

oOoOoOoOoOhhhh...mesmerizing, right??
p.s. i ended up tossing that brush and using a foam one instead.

{liquid gilding} covers extremely well - i only used one coat. if you start with a bare brick, you may need to do more than one layer...but probably not.

love. it.

you can see a peek of the felt i glued on with e6000 when i originally painted the brick -- to protect our wood floors.

that's the metallic finish i wanted...

...and i even threw open our front door to demonstrate its superior door-stopping abilities, winter be damned!

in reality, he's currently stowed behind the door until spring comes.

curious about the carpet? check out this post!

other gold-leaf-related posts:

what do you think?
do you have any gilding projects in mind?

* mari
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  1. OMG. I love this! I've been wanting to try Martha's gilding and now I definitely will :)

    1. it's addicting! you may start gilding everything in sight...... :)


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