How to Make a Gold Leaf Bar Tray
Create a beautifully chic serving tray for entertaining by lining its surface with gold leaf.
- lacquered black serving tray
- painters tape
- gold leaf sheets
- liquid adhesive
- gold leaf sealer
- gold leaf antiquing
- 2 foam brushes
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.
Apply Painters Tape
Line inside lower edges of tray with painters tape, running the tape edge flush to tray surface. Press firmly in place.
Brush tray surface with gold leaf liquid adhesive. Let the adhesive set for approximately 30 minutes, or until tacky.
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.
Brush on a layer of gold leaf sealer. Let dry 30 minutes.
Apply Antiquing Finish
Brush on layer of gold leaf antiquing finish.
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!