How to Gold Leaf Concrete Planters

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I couldn’t do it.

I couldn’t leave these planters white.

It’s just not in my crazy, fun-loving, bling-bling dna.

And in the fun-loving, crazy, bling-bling adventurous-ness that I choose to live in, I went with gold leaf.

How to Gold Leaf Concrete Planters: Yes, You Can!

And as it turns out… yes. You can gold leaf concrete.  And even though I’m most definitely-probably  not the first person to figure it out, it kinda feels like I am.

So, I’ll just live in sweet ignorance.

Here’s how to gold leaf concrete planters:

First, wipe the concrete down. Clean it good.  Or you’ll wish for three seasons you had.

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Next,  you’ll need some gilding adhesive and some gold leaf.

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Simply apply the adhesive in a thin coat over where you’d like the gold foil to stick.

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Let it sit for a few minutes until it turns sticky.

Then, take a sheet of gold foil and press it onto the sticky area.

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And guess what?

It will stick. Super cool.

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I can hear you.  You’re saying,

Huh, Gwen. That doesn’t look so stellar.  It kinda looks like you let your big-shot lab take a crack at gold leaf day and he forgot to use his paws.

We’re not done.  Not yet. Or I’d cry, too.  It’s kind of ugly.

After a couple of hours, you need to take a soft bristled brush and sweep off the extra leaf that’s not on the sticky part.

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You can brush fairly confidently.  If you’ve done your part, that gold leaf is married for life to that concrete planter.

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Ahhhh… so much better.

Now I can sleep knowing my porch has some bling.

Have you ever gold leafed anything… I’ll be honest, this was my first time!

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  1. I love the way this turned out Gwen! I agree a little gold leaf outside is right up my ally. I’ve never gold leaved anything, but I certainly have plans to now! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  2. Why yes, I have gold leafed quite a bit. And silver leafed. But I want to use some of the foils like you have. I think they might be easier. I not certain that I can live without a gold leafed concrete planter now though…

    1. Haha! I did like those little sheets. Now I want to gold leaf the entire porch, but that might be just a bit too much!

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