Before and After

Gold Leaf Mirrors

For months, I have been wanting to order one of these gold leafing pens that Jenny from Little Green Notebook is always talking about.  Since I have lots of old frames that need updating, I decided that there was no time like the present, especially since they are so cheap.  I first experimented with some old mirrors that are cute but not my favorite, just in case I didn’t like the effect.  The idea is to basically paint the surface of whatever you would like to golden like a marker.  What Jenny didn’t mention is that it’s actually kind of difficult to keep the strokes even and not jacked up looking, particularly if you don’t have a steady hand (like me).  I only went over them twice and kind of think they need a third coat in order to get the shiny look that I’m going for.  To be honest, they may have been better in black.  That’s what experimenting is for though, right?  I’m gonna try a third coat to see if it ups the shininess factor and makes me a little happier with them.

What do you guys think, better in gold or black?





  1. Katie

    If I was to do this for my living room wall I think white would look beautiful! I think the gold is pretty though.

  2. Megan

    I personally like the gold better. I feel like it makes them look more special.

  3. Tessa

    Definitely the gold! I love the personalized look when you get up close. Great job! 🙂

  4. chartreuse & a twist

    Say what??!! Watch out…I am already armed with a never-ending supply of gold spray paint, now this too!!! You have the Midas touch, too, Colleen 🙂 I really love these the most in gold! I agree with Megan in that they look more special. XO Brynn

  5. Lindsay

    Love the gold. When is gold not better than black? What kind of magical marker did you use? I will be purchasing one immediately.

  6. Taylor

    Uhhh gold… totally. Looks great!!! I asked Meg a few weeks back about how she felt about me doing a gallery wall with mostly pictures of trees. I’m moving this weekend and noticed all the tree pictures that are framed are black. Looks boring. I want this pen now so I can change some to gold. Think I can get it at my local Michaels or is this a special magic pen that can only be ordered?

  7. Colleen

    Thanks guys!! Taylor and Lindsay, they are Krylon Gold Leaf Pens and should be available at your local Michaels. Meg and I actually saw them this weekend. Just ask for the gold leaf section. Katie, white would look so pretty in your house!

  8. rox

    oh I love this! looks way better in gold! how long did it take you to color them both completely in?

  9. Colleen

    Thanks Rox! Really not long, maybe an hour or so?