Spring is in full effect and the spring cleaning bug has got me! I am so excited to share the project I teamed up with Glade to work on. After smelling the most wonderful smell of Clean Linen by Glade it made me really want to freshen up my living room. It is where all our gatherings and meetings are held so I wanted it to be “fresh and new” especially since it has been feeling a bit drabby and dark. It made me want to organize everything and get rid of everything. Ha! When I think of clean linen I think of crisp, airy and light….and lots of white! As much as I would love to get a new couch and coffee table to lighten it up I really love the pieces I have. So I took on to lightening up the accessories around those.
On my coffee table I had this giant tic-tac-toe board with gold plated wood x’s and o’s with a chunky gameboard along with 2 unfortunate colored coffee table books that my husband loves. My kids made it really easy to get rid of the very popular gameboard seeing as they destroyed it and I spray painted by husband’s beloved books to his dismay. There was no harm done to the books just a little touch up- hah! For the gameboard I needed something light, durable but still look sophisticated.
Inspired by this post, I decided to tackle on something similar. Tic-tac-toe is easy for my kids to play so I wanted to keep that game idea. I didn’t want wood so I chose an acrylic sheet and I still love gold as it adds an elegant touch to a kid friendly home. Want to create one yourself?
Total Time: 2.5 hrs use drying/waiting time wisely 🙂
What You need:
1 12×12 acrylic sheet
gold leaf kit (adhesive, sheets, sealer) or gold paint
4 knobs (got mine at ikea)
2-3 soft foam brushes
white spray paint
9 1″-2″ circular wooden circular discs
Total Cost: $35 (with lots of materials left over for at least 6 more of these minus the acrylic sheet) if I priced it per project then the total would be $10 for acrylic sheet, $1.20 for 2 gold leaf sheets, $.86 for wood discs= $12.06– I already had knobs, painter’s tape, foam brushes, brush, spray paint, gorilla glue)
1. Spray paint the wooden discs- I did 1-2 coats front and back.
2. I measured the board and it didn’t quite measure 12″ so I did my best to divide it into 1/3. The opening I left for the gold part was 1/4″. The space between the center of the lines was about 3 10/16 give or take 1/16th.
3. I taped off the whole grid at once. I guess it might have been easier to do the vertical lines first, leaf and seal it and then do the other side but seeing as the leafing is pretty delicate I didn’t want the tape to lift off the gold leafing. I also pealed off the intersecting tape so when I leafed it it would come out like a clean # grid.
4. With a paint brush, paint the adhesive where you taped off the grid. It takes about 30 min for it to get tacky enough to start leafing. Do this in a well ventilated area! OR just use gold paint instead of gold leaf. I like the texture of the leafing but paint is just as good!
5. This was the hard part. Leafing is really hard the first time. The sheets are so thin and fragile. I thought I could cut it so I could get the most use of all the sheets but don’t do it! I ripped a sheet off and stuck it on the sticky part. I used the tip of the brush to lightly tear the remaining piece of the gold leaf sheet and reattach to any open spots the sheet hasn’t adhered to yet. Also using the brush, make sure the edges are covered and lightly brush over the leafing to brush away extra leafing. Because I hate throwing stuff away I reused leaf that was brushed off on other parts of the board needing to be leafed.
6. Next you pull off the tape gently. I used a dry brush to guide the removal so the tape wouldn’t pull the gold leaf off.
7. In a well ventilated area, use the sealer to paint over the gold leafing to keep it intact. Although it dries on clear, you can see it through the acrylic so make sure to have clean lines and paint as closely to the gold leafing line.
8. Using Gorilla Glue or another strong glue, glue the knobs to one side. I glued them on the leafed side just to preserve my hard work! Since it is on an acrylic board you can still see the texture on the other side.
9. With a regular paint brush, I chose a medium tip one, use the adhesive liquid to make your “x” and “o.” I was going for a more handwritten imperfect look so I just free handed it.
10. After 30 min, use the gold leafing sheets again to adhere to the discs. This round was a lot easier since I already got the hang of how to use the sheets.
11. Use the sealer to seal the leafing.
12. Play a friendly game of tic-tac-toe! Every morning and all other times in between, my kiddos are playing with it. And guests love it!
What do you think? Fresh and new? Light and airy? And the smell of “clean” just makes me smile every time I step into this room. What changes would you guys make to make your home/room “fresh and new?”