Next, I sprayed the shelf with spray adhesive.
After that dried about one minute, I took gold metallic paper, and pressed it onto the shelf in a random pattern. The metallic transfer paper will adhere to the high spots and create a genuine metal effect. The paper can be found at Wonderfaux Studio in Stafford, Texas. They have several different colors to choose from, and the roll runs around $24.00, but will last FOREVER!
It looked great like this, but I wanted more character, so I decided to accent the grooves by antiquing it with a water based product by Minwax purchased from Home Depot. I like this product because it is water based and dries quickly; also clean up is a breeze.
You literally just have to slap it on and wipe it off!!! It is THAT SIMPLE!
After it dried, I did spray a general clear coat on top of it just to improve durability and resist scratches. This is how it turned out. Luvitmeanit!
This can be done on any surface. I would encourage you to step outside the box with this gold paper, try it on wood, or even glass. I use it on walls quite a bit!
This entire process took less than an hour, so it is a very basic beginner level project.
Happy gilding and always remember:
"Everything that glitters, is not gold." Dan Seals