When I was asked to re-do the boards at John & Sons, the new Oyster bar on Yonge Street, at Balmoral, gold leaf somehow popped into my head and I decided to take on a new venture – gilding the chalkboards. This was a bit of a tricky task, but the finished results were stunning. Applying the sizing, then the gold leaf and finally filling all the gold borders in with chalk – BEFORE AND AFTER:
APPLYING THE GILDING SIZE (GLUE)
BRUSHING OFF THE EXCESS GOLD LEAF
By far the trickiest chalkboard yet – 16 feet high, a bar in the way, leaning precariously over expensive glass light fixtures. Before, during, and after at Weslodge, 480 King Street West.
The new chalk walls I just completed at Le Gourmand – 152 Spadina Avenue.
The images are French agricultural woodcuts from the mid 1800s – A farmer with his scythe, a woman with a bundle of wheat on her back, and a milkmaid…
The Sovereign is a great new cafe that recently opened its doors on Davenport Road at Dufferin. They needed a little chalkboard rescuing:
Before and After at The Harbord Room:
307 Augusta Avenue, Toronto