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DIY: All Gold Everything

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I spent most of my day spray painting everything in my life gold. I regret nothing. It’s no surprise that black and white (together) is my (non) color of choice but gold is the metallic accent that pulls it all together. I love over-the-top Baroque-style architecture but at home I really only have my one gigantic ornate hideous gold Goodwill mirror. Today, with two cans of gold spray paint, that all changed.

The home redecorating rampage was triggered by a page I saw in the June HGTV Magazine immediately after rolling my eyes and saying, “I hate this hideous magazine. They never do anything I like.” Karma. I seriously ripped the page out and carried it through Ikea, Target, HomeGoods and Marshall’s until I assembled my necessary elements.

Feel free to read the rest of this post to the soundtrack of this song that makes me think I’m so much cooler than I am and am walking into a room dripping in gold. Meanwhile I’m pretty sure I don’t own a single piece of real gold anything, but spray paint is a solid stand in.

Fake it ’til to you make it. Let’s decorate.

I live in a 580-square-foot studio apartment so every room is every room. It kind of makes decorating tricky because it’s all kind of the same room but I want to feel like it’s not. Life is hard.

Anyway, since my “bedroom” (which is just a little nook partitioned by a half wall) can really only fit a bed, my giant 6-drawer dresser is in the entryway.


I thought my use of the ugliest lamp on earth, some ridiculous candle holders and some black frames was tres chic in a minimalistic I-just-don’t-care kind of way until I saw this awesome set up in HGTV…

At which point I was like: GIVE ME ALL THE GOLD THINGS.


I ran around all over Charlotte for a solid six hours looking for stuff and singing Beyonce’s Upgrade You all like:



I try to go easy on unnecessary vases (I just don’t get it) so I traded the pink vase for a pink picture frame. Here’s what I got:

  • Cynthia Rowley pink picture frame, $6.99 (Marshall’s)
  • Teal glass vase, $9.99 (Ikea)
  • Fake plant and pot, $9.99 (Ikea)
  • Nicole Miller acrylic box, $25 (Marshall’s)
  • Pink Himalayan salt votive holder, $3,99 (HomeGoods)
  • 2 cans of Valsapar gold metallic paint, 1 can primer

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I’m super happy with it and also with the fact that I now know that gold spray paint is totally legit. I used it to spray my three black frames and two of my uglyass lamps and a picture frame for good measure. And some drawer handles. I can’t stop. Nothing is safe.



  1. TaMo TaMo

    So cute! Gold really warms up the space. Don’t they have an inspiration page in that magazine? It’s where they take an expensive idea and redo it for a reasonable price. You did that!!!!!

    Regarding the handles and pulls. You might be better off purchasing them in gold and saving the others. The spray paint may rub off after use. OR you could prime them first. Just a thought.

  2. Amy Amy

    I like yours even better than theirs!

  3. This is FLAWLESS. Also a stark reminder that my apartment is going to be hideous on account of the fact that I am disorganized as all fuq and also have no sense of style.

    Want to come over?

  4. Jon Jon

    To cite Atmosphere’s album title: “When life gives you lemons, you paint that shit gold.”

    Love this.

    • Haha, I need that on a poster.

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