I don't know how many times I have walked past the gorgeous little bottles of liquid gilding at the hobby store. Every time I considered buying it. Sometimes it even made its way into my cart. But for some reason it always wound up not being included in my bag as I walked out of the store.
The simple reason is this: I was intimidated by the stuff. I can't really even explain why but those gorgeous little bottles seemed like they would be difficult to use and get good results.
My impression couldn't possibly be further from the truth. I received a gold and silver bottle of liquid gilding from Martha Stewart Paints and decided that I would be using the stuff. A bag of fake gourds and a ruined paintbrush later and I found that I'm going to have to be very, very careful. As it stands now I want to gild every darn thing in this house. Honest to goodness question I asked "What would you think of gilding my night stand?". Oh. No.