Kulla drumlamp

Published on May 16th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Gilded Drum Lamps

IKEA Kulla Pendant Lamp
(2) packets Gold Leaf Sheets (I recommend “Ready Leaf Gold” sheets with pre-backed wax paper for easy application)
(1) can Spray Adhesive
(1) can Spray Sealer
(1) can 18 kt. Gold Plate Metallic Spray Paint
Foam Brushes

Step 1: Wipe the interior surface of the drum lamp with a clean, dry cloth. Holding the spray adhesive approximately 6-8″ away from the surface, spot spray an small area and wait 20 seconds to dry, but still remain tacky. Place a square of gold leaf sheet (gold face down, wax side up) directly onto the surface making sure to press down with your fingers as you go. When you reach the rim, use your fingers to crease the sheet along the edge to minimize gaps.

Step 2: Repeat step one and rotate until the entire interior is gold leafed. Tip: Place squares at random and overlapping on a angle for a truly haphazard effect. Spot spray and stick, spot spray and stick. Your fingers may get a bit sticky from the application, so use the dry foam brush to help flatten gold leaf sheets. You may also use the dry foam brush to wipe gold leaf from the edges of the lamp and to smooth over the entire interior when you’re finished with the application.

Step 3: Once all the gold leaves cover the interior shade, you may notice that there are gaps and bubbles where the sheets have been applied. No worries, that’s where the gold plated spray paint comes in. Lay your drum lamp on a flat surface and only spray the affected areas. You don’t want to completely cover your gold leaves with paint, even if it’s 18kt. Let dry for approximately 10 minutes and seal the entire interior with spray sealer (2 coats) and let dry overnight.

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~ Julie Khuu @ Haute Khuuture Blog

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Jules Yap

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6 Responses to Gilded Drum Lamps

  1. I know I’m late to the party but awesome hack! I noticed you used a Krylon spray, has it kept up well over the years? I was thinking of using a Montana gold spray instead. I’ve heard rave reviews about their paint’s quality.

  2. Anonymous says:

    i like your tats on your wrist!

  3. medical office interior design says:

    Wow these are so beautiful and very sheek looking.

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