As Good As Gold

As Good As Gold

I love gold. I give gold two thumbs up and a high five and a blue ribbon and a gold medal, naturally. If you are wanting to incorporate a little gold into your home or have been dying to try it on a makeover, picture me standing nearby waving my gold pom-poms cheering you on!

But then, picture me dropping my pom-poms and grasping you by the shoulders for a serious talk. Listen. Don’t overdo it. Don’t paint your furniture top-to-bottom gold.* Are you Kanye? No you are not. A solid gold paint job can look cheap.  That’s opposite of the effect we want!

Try a subtle enhancement with a dipped look, like Draven at Draven Made did here.

white- side tables - makeover - before

 

Gold - Dipped - White - Side Tables - Makeover | betterafter.net
Gold - Dipped - White - Side Tables - Makeover | betterafter.net

 

Or add some visual interest with a stencil, like this beauty from Jen at Girl in the Garage.

red - side table - before

White - Gold- Stenciled -Side Table - Makeover | betterafter.net

It’s so fancy, you don’t even know!

Here’s another tip: Be sure to use a high quality paint, and take your time. The last thing you want in a gold-paint job is brush streaks.  Gold spray paint will give you a nice finish, but the colors can vary dramatically. This post does a great job illustrating the variations in some popular brands.

PS: *This rule does not apply to gold-leafing your furniture. Wowza!

gold leaf table before

gold leafe tableFrom Mari at Crab + Fish.

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11 Comments

  1. Mumzy
    February 10, 2015 / 7:42 AM

    Beautiful!!!

  2. February 10, 2015 / 8:10 AM

    Love the first two, they look like they got dipped in gold!! I’ve always thought of gold as an accent or accessory color, and I’m oh so glad to finally have proof of that, ha!

  3. sandy
    February 10, 2015 / 8:37 AM

    WOW for last photo … love the glass knobs.

  4. February 10, 2015 / 9:48 AM

    Unrelated, but remember the Solid Gold Dancers? All them hips.

    The gold stencil is my fav.

  5. February 10, 2015 / 11:11 AM

    They are all beautiful! My fav is the last one. WOW!

  6. Vicki Tuschen
    February 10, 2015 / 4:14 PM

    Im going to first preface my comments that gold is not my thing. The first ones are okay and the last one is quite the statement piece. Here comes the but….But the round table is just too much. I like to guess how the after picture will look. From the pic it looks like a classy little table and thought they’d dip the legs or something. This treatment took the warmth right out of the table. 🙁

  7. Denise
    February 10, 2015 / 4:23 PM

    Fabulous! Love them all!!

  8. LeeAnn
    February 10, 2015 / 8:41 PM

    The table with the white top & gold stencil is gorgeous! And that gold leaf nightstand is off the chart!

  9. February 11, 2015 / 12:53 AM

    Thank you for using my tables as part of this collection! All of these are so neat!

  10. February 12, 2015 / 12:18 PM

    Thanks so much for including my gilded nightstand in your beautiful roundup! <3

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