Get the Gold Look for Less

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I regularly attend and speak at High Point Market, the interior designers biggest furniture market in North Carolina. While touring my favorite showrooms and seeking out the the latest trends, I could not deny the glimmering gold accents everywhere — gold furniture, mirrors, picture frames and table toppers. Gold fever is alive and well, leaving most of us excited and lighter in the pocket books!

In typical fashion, a home decor trend will last about 8-10 years, until the powers that be decide it’s time for something new.

While this quick turnover is exciting for designers who want to play with new colors, finishes and tones, it can be frustrating for homeowners who don’t want to spend lots of money trying to keep up with the trends.

Don’t fret! It is possible to update your home with trendy pieces without breaking the bank.

While touring a very high-end, showroom, I saw a simple, beautiful gold etagere (open display case) in several vignettes.

I asked the young intern working in the booth if the etagere was for sale, and she told me, to my utter surprise, that it was a Swedish assemble-it-yourself piece spray painted gold!!

Designer Ana Antunes, got her spray can out, so I decided to put together my favorite functional design piece, and glam it up!

Before you start spraying like crazy, keep these tips in mind:

  • Keep the surface area you’re painting subtle — an entire table might be a bit much for a traditional room.
  • For impact, mix the sizes and surfaces you’ll be painting.
  • Don’t be afraid to layer different shades of gold for depth.
  • Take your time. Heavy spray paint will drip and give you an uneven surface.
  • Spray a thin layer at a time and let each layer completely dry between each coat.

Using a deep bronzy gold as the first layer and then a high shine gold as my last layer, my final look isn’t too yellow but instead my desired antique gold.

While you have your gold spray paint at the ready….

Grab your paint and join in the gold frenzy while it lasts!

Photo credits: Ana Antunes and Kelli Ellis

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