I have a sterling silver Victorian table snuff box that I bought a few years ago. I got a good deal on it because the interior (which is traditionally gilded) was heavily pitted and tarnished. I have been wanting to restore it for a while and finally had a chance to do it over Christmas. While they are originally gold plated, I thought I would restore it with some real gold leaf. Here is the box in its cleaned state.
Gold leaf is applied over an adhesive ('size'). I have used an oil based one.
After letting the size dry for an hour and a half, it was ready to take the gold leaf. I used 23.5 carate leaf - not as expensive as it sounds, though. I used about 7 gbp worth.