The GOLD Bug bit me in the butt!
… and now I’ve got the fever.
Budget Friendly DIY Ideas For Decorating with Gold
Watch out. I’m pretty sure it’s contagious…
Have you caught the bug? I’ve been a silver girl pretty much forever, and I’m not usually a flip flopper but I’ve flipped for gold. I don’t know what happened? I’m really not a big trend follower and gold is hot right now, so it doesn’t make sense. I tried to determine how I let it weasel it’s way into my heart and I think it all started with the brassy gold feet on my Duncan Phyfe table. Yes, I’m sure it’s the culprit.
Those teeny-tiny bits of golden sparkle turned me. Then, the next thing I knew… I was putting teeny-tiny gold feet on my painted velvet chair.
Oh it’ll look so cute I told myself. Just a little hint of gold…
Well, while photographing the chair, I needed a few things to act as a back drop. The whole house was torn up (we were in #projectwoodfloor mode) so I grabbed what I could reach. Literally. I could not even get to 75% of my things. Well, that frame you see in the background there to the left? It got a stay of execution. It grew on me leaning against the wall there. Just smoldering and looking dazzling. I think it may have even winked at me. You see, I picked that up over the Summer with every intention of painting it. I guess it’s a good thing I was sidetracked with other projects!
Because as you can see… that didn’t happen! No paint. It’s safe and sound, as-is, and a current favorite decor item.
… happily draped in some Mercury Glass string lights and looking pretty dang spectacular.
(it doesn’t take much to please me)
Big Lots. $12.99 | I shared that find on instagram the day I bought them.
I added a silky tassel, just because, and called it good as gold. Pun intended. Hey, I couldn’t resist. (I’ve got two more and you’ll be seeing those in my Fall Home Tour on the 25th)
Back to all things gold…
Next thing you know… I went completely ga-ga for gold, and started painting pumpkins!
If you’re looking to add some Gold to your decor I suggest:
1. SHOP YOUR HOME FIRST
You might have the perfect thing that you can give a paint makeover to for minimal cost! Spray paint, fabric paint, craft paint. Paint is often the fastest and easiest way to get a new look for less. I used Maison Blanche Organza Shimmer Coat in Antique Gold and Gold on a few of my gold transformations.
2. SHOP THRIFT STORES
I know this is old news… but I cannot stress enough to look past what something looks like on the shelves, crammed between junk a and junk c. It’s junk b. Wait, no, it’s a treasure!! Often when something is removed from that environment it’s instantly better. This picture below was less than $10. It still needs a tweak. I’ll share more on it later!
3. SHOP GARAGE AND TAG SALES
I paid $20 for this frame. It was worth every penny. Solid wood and exceptional quality. The faux concrete statuary was $15. Both found at run of the mill garage sales. The gold tassels were 3 for 3$’s at Goodwill.
This chair was originally $8 at the smallest garage sale I’ve ever been to. There were not more the 6 items put out! Yes, I know it was “gold” but I needed it to feel fresh and clean. So paint came to the rescue and it was a low budget solution.
4. SHOP DISCOUNT RETAILERS
I shop ROSS. All the time. They are close to home and often overlooked. The are owned by the same company that owns HomeGoods (which I love) but that is a 4 hour round trip, so ROSS it is! You would be surprised what I find there. And the prices are often so low, you can afford to give a paint makeover to most of the things you find there are well! I love searching for home decor accents that are priced low, because when I change my mind, mood or style later. I don’t feel guilty! I’ve gotten my money’s worth out of it to be sure.
The pillow below was a HomeGoods find and a steal at $14.99 | It’s embroidered and has a zip off cover. I look for those so that they can be laundered, the insert can be used on another pillow at a later date and also because they are easier to store with the covers off, safely laid away and the insert flattened to take up less space.
I hope you found my budget friendly DIY ideas for decorating with gold helpful!! I’ll be sharing more GOLDEN inspiration soon, I’m not done yet! With the new dark floors… and the lighter, brighter walls… the deep, honey warmth of gold is looking very at home. I’ll have to teach it to play nice with the other metals because I think it’s going to be sticking around for some time.
Thanks for stopping by!!