These pots of gold (and silver and copper) have a distressed finish, for a hint of glamour, not glitz. With a natural sponge, dab small amounts of gilding adhesive onto each pot in random areas. Let it dry until tacky. Press metallic leaf against the adhesive, shiny-side down. Burnish it with your fingertips; peel away the paper backing and use a stippling brush to “age.” Finish with spray sealant.
Gilding sheets, in Copper, Silver, and Gold, $10 each; and gilding adhesive, $7, by Martha Stewart Crafts, michaels.com
Mandel pot, 4 1/4″, $2, ikea.com
Pottery sealer, by Design Master, $7.50, michaels.com