The restaurant at the Whitney Museum, ‘Untitled’, had chalk walls that were desperately in need of revamping. Together with chef Chris Bradley, who runs the place, a plan was conceived around the idea of empty frames that echoed the ‘untitled’ theme…works of art without names…beautiful frames without works of art in them….
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
Before and After at The Harbord Room: