Have you heard of Project Restyle by Elsie & Rachel? The plan is to take something old, broken or used and turn it into something new - once a week in 2011. I am never going to make it happen once a week, but I am hoping to do 10 before and afters. Above is my first attempt.
Jess shared a link to this awesome project a few months ago and I have had it filed away as something to try ever since. I picked up some copper leafing sheets, adhesive and sealer at a local art store (here is a link to a set) and Paul and I tried it on a canvas we had laying around that was destined for Goodwill. (It was clearanced art from Michael's that we hung in our old Maryland apartment for a few years but it never fit well in our new place.)
It was a pretty quick project, I painted the canvas black with acrylic paint to start and then we just followed the instructions on the leafing packaging. It might work better with two people as layering the gold (or silver, or copper) leafing is harder than in looks. I am excited with how it turned out though! Right now it's hanging on an previously empty wall by our kitchen table, but I think we'll be moving it around.