How to Make a Gold Leaf Bar Tray

Create a beautifully chic serving tray for entertaining by lining its surface with gold leaf.
Gold Leaf Bar Tray

Gold Leaf Bar Tray

By: Janell Beals

Materials Needed:

  • lacquered black serving tray
  • painters tape
  • gold leaf sheets
  • liquid adhesive
  • gold leaf sealer
  • gold leaf antiquing
  • 2 foam brushes

Gather Supplies

Source black lacquered serving tray, collect needed supplies. Tip: Can't find a lacquered tray? Create the look of by paiting a wooden tray with glossy black spray paint.

Gold Leaf Bar Tray Supplies

Gold Leaf Bar Tray Supplies

Apply Painters Tape

Line inside lower edges of tray with painters tape, running the tape edge flush to tray surface. Press firmly in place.

Masking a Bar Tray for Gold Leaf

Masking a Bar Tray for Gold Leaf

Apply Adhesive

Brush tray surface with gold leaf liquid adhesive. Let the adhesive set for approximately 30 minutes, or until tacky.

Coating a Bar Tray With Adhesive

Coating a Bar Tray With Adhesive

Apply Gold Leaf

Lay sheets of gold leaf over tray surface, overlapping slightly as necessary. Press into place with a foam brush. Tip: Don't worry about applying gold leaf perfectly. Folds and gaps in the leafing create surface interest.

Once the entire surface is covered with gold leaf, brush away loose particles with a foam brush.

Apply Sealer

Brush on a layer of gold leaf sealer. Let dry 30 minutes.

Sealing a Gold Leaf Bar Tray

Sealing a Gold Leaf Bar Tray

Apply Antiquing Finish

Brush on layer of gold leaf antiquing finish.

Antiquing a Gold Leaf Bar Tray

Antiquing a Gold Leaf Bar Tray

Finish the Tray

Rub antiquing finish into cracks and ridges. Wipe away any excess with rag. Then, remove the tape. The tray is ready to be stocked with drinks, spirits or appetizers!

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