Gold is having a moment in home decor, and thanks to the new Macbook (and smart watch), we’re feeling extra inspired to add some gilded glitz to our abodes. We scoured the web for simple and stylish projects with the Midas touch. Here are our favourites, including blogger how-tos and easy ways to recreate some gorgeous finds from trendy shopping destinations. Like gold, shiny things? Make these beautiful pieces on your own:
16 cheap and easy ways to add gold to your home
Gold Polka Dot WallBlogger Megan dotted her walls with shiny gold contact paper, but you could buy pre-cut dots on Etsy or Amazon. See how these metallic dots make over Megan's sweet craft room.
GET THE INSTRUCTIONSThe Homes I Have Made
Polka Dot LampshadeLove the dots but looking for a smaller, quicker project? This one requires only a plain lampshade, fabric paint and a sponge dotting tool. It doesn't hurt to spray paint the lamp base in a striking shade like blogger Jenna's forest green, Kate Spade-inspired lamp.
GET THE INSTRUCTIONSRain On A Tin Roof
Glitter CandlesFor dots and stripes on an even smaller scale, these glittery candles are a fun and quick craft for grown ups and kids alike. And they make great gifts. Blogger Crystal used glitter tape and stickers to transform these flameless candles into shiny showpieces.
GET THE INSTRUCTIONSA Pumpkin And A Princess
Gold Table LampTransform a glass or ceramic table lamp base with metallic spray paint. To get the mottled look of this West Elm lamp, try lightly spritzing the base with water before adding paint. Anywhere there's a bead of water, the paint won't adhere. This will work better on glass than ceramic, as you probably don't want the white ceramic finish showing through. Remember to choose the right spray paint for the material you've chosen.
West Elm Perch Table Lamp - Rose Gold, $89 at West Elm West Elm
Gold Dipped DresserBlogger Shannon painted the base of this French Provincial dresser (which she uses as a TV console) in gold paint. The gold added a little glitz to the plain white paint job and brings attention to the piece's pretty lines. It's an easy way to update even a basic piece.
GET THE INSTRUCTIONSBurlap and Lace: The Blog
Gold Dipped BarstoolsNot ready to paint a major piece of furniture in gold? Start a bit smaller with the gold-dipped look by transforming a couple of bar stools. Blogger Heidi painted these in a bold magenta with a gold top and dipped legs.
GET THE INSTRUCTIONSHoney Bear Lane
Gilded Desk ChairWant to upgrade your home office? Take a basic desk chair and gild its base. Blogger Ashley gave her Ikea office chair a simple coat of spray paint in the perfect gold to give it a much more stylish, designer look.
GET THE INSTRUCTIONSHither and Thither
Waste Paper BasketAdd a little more metallic to your office by making over the most basic of office accessories: the waste paper basket. Blogger Merrilee gave a boring black basket a couple coats of gold spray paint and turned the bin into a showpiece.
GET THE INSTRUCTIONSMermag Blog
Gold Leaf PillowsBlogger Brynne used gold leaf to upgrade basic canvas and create gorgeous gold leaf pillows. She does admit that with wear and tear the gold can lose a bit of its original shine, which is why she suggests keeping these as show pieces, and to not throw them on your family room sofa.
GET THE INSTRUCTIONS The Gathered Home
Gold Leaf FramesWhile the linen mats inside these frames do look quite polished, there's no need to spend big bucks on wooden frames, even if they are gold. Get the look by applying gold leaf to simple, inexpensive frames or just paint them yourself.
West Elm Gallery Frames - Gold Leaf, $29 - $134 at West Elm West Elm
Sharpie BowlsTurn inexpensive ceramic bowls into showpieces with only a Sharpie and some time in the oven. Blogger Shannon uses these for holding jewellery, but you could leave a bowl or two by the front door for keys and trinkets—just don't try eating off them.
GET THE INSTRUCTIONSAKA Design
Elephant Key HooksYour DIY key hooks don't have to be made using elephants. Any small plastic toy with a built-in hook would do—a dinosaur with a long neck, giraffe or deer with antlers, maybe? Despite being totally cute and whimsical, this DIY requires a hammer and nail. It's definitely not a difficult project, it just involves more than a simple coat of spray paint.
GET THE INSTRUCTIONSCreative Soul Spectrum
Gold TurtleThe turtle pictured opens and can be used for storage for very small objects, but you can create a similar art piece without the extra functionality with just a realistic-looking plastic toy and some gold spray paint. These look great placed on top of coffee table books or in vignettes on bookshelves.
Cb2 Gold Turtle, $86 at Cb2Cb2
Gilded MugsWhile these mugs aren't dishwasher safe, they are safe to drink out of. Just save them for special occasions and dinner parties and give them a quick hand wash after. You'll need plain mugs, spray paint, painter's tape and ceramic sealer.
GET THE INSTRUCTIONSGarland of Grace
Glam Vintage VasesSearch your local vintage store for vases in similar sizes or shapes, then spray them all with the same colour of gold and you've got an instant collection. Put a blossom in each and group them on your dining table for a pretty centrepiece or create dozens for a larger special event like a wedding.
Etsy Vintage Gold Bud Glass Vases Instant Collection wedding Decor Set of 10, $62.50 on EtsyEtsy
Gilded Mason JarsEven simpler than the bud vases, mason jars are easy to come by and useful for so many things. Plus, by spraying them in gold, you hide the clutter inside, which is useful if you choose to make gold mason jar pen and pencil or kitchen utensil holders. Again, just a few coats of spray paint and your jam jars are now pieces of art.
Etsy Gold Mason Jars, Set of 3, $26.08 on EtsyEtsy