This has to be one of my favourite festive projects – transforming a charity shop find into a beautiful centrepoint for my Christmas mantlepiece. I love the curvaceous beauty of musical instruments and a violin was just the right size to create a focal point in our lounge among the red, gold and green swag.

With the mirror behind it was important to prepare it from all angles. As you can see below it was well worn so it made a perfect upcycling project. I started by giving it a good clean with soapy water.

The traditional base colour below gold leaf is a medieval red so I used Primer Red Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan. It’s one of my favourite colours for this time of year – deep, rich and traditional.

Once the paint was dry I gave a light coat of Gold Size (the glue to use with leaf) by Anne Sloan.

As I wanted a traditional look I used loose brass leaf for this gold effect and rubbed it in place using a soft brush.

You can see flecks of the Primer Red showing through which adds a lovely aged, authentic feel. I used brass for the gold I wanted but you could equally use aluminium for a silver finish or copper for a contemporary look if that suits your home decor style.

What do you think? Have you upcycled any musical instruments and added them to your festive decorations? I think this works as a concept beyond Christmas. You can literally leaf anything within reason so I’d love to see any ideas you’d tried at home! There’s no one more inspiring than you guys!

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