Shhh...here's a secret for you. You can make virtually anything in your house look expensive by doing one simple thing. Just spray it with gold spray paint! Gold is one of the "it" metallics of the moment and adds a little bling to any space. You'll feel instantly elevated, and you'll never want to show off your stapler so badly to your friends and family!
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From thrift store figurines that cost a quarter, to stuff you collect out of the yard, to inexpensive furniture, to ordinary tin cans...any of these items can be gilded with a coat or two of metallic spray paint to achieve an upgraded, trendy look in minutes (minus the dry time). You won't believe how this simple idea transformed these 24 humble items into beautiful home accessories. Grab some protective gear and your spray paint and have a ball.
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Give fallen logs a dip-dyed look for a decorative display near the fireplace.
Gold Logs by Crafts by CourtneyContinue to 2 of 24 below.
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Cheap ceramic or even plastic animal figurines look like they came from a boutique instead of Goodwill simply by spraying them gold.Continue to 3 of 24 below.
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Give your to-do lists a classy perch on a golden clipboard.
C lipboards from My Fabuless LifeContinue to 4 of 24 below.
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Save a few tin cans, then spray them gold to use as pencil cups or succulent planters.
Tins Cans by Be CraftyContinue to 5 of 24 below.
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Spray just the inside of a basic lampshade for an expensive-looking touch.
Gold Lampshade from NatalmeContinue to 6 of 24 below.
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Make inexpensive picture frames more of a focal point by painting only their corners with gold paint.Continue to 7 of 24 below.
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A basic cork board turns trendy with the addition of some simple gold stripes.Continue to 8 of 24 below.
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Rocks. Who knew rocks could become such classy-looking DIY bookends simply by painting them gold?Continue to 9 of 24 below.
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Collect some pine cones on your next outdoor adventure, then spray them gold for a less rustic, more glam way to decorate with nature.
Gold Pine Cones from Crab + FishContinue to 10 of 24 below.
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Artificial fruit from the dollar store can be gilded and glittered.
Artificial Fruit from A Night OwlContinue to 11 of 24 below.
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Paint those primary-colored alphabet fridge magnets gold so your kids can enjoy playing with them, and you can enjoy looking at them.Continue to 12 of 24 below.
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Change the look of an inexpensive piece of accent furniture by gilding the hardware, its legs, or even the whole top.Continue to 13 of 24 below.
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Make a cheap lamp look special with gold paint. Coat the base, the finial, or in this case, the whole thing.Continue to 14 of 24 below.
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Press fallen leaves, then spray them gold for an inexpensive DIY place card on your holiday table. (You could also just use a pack of artificial leaves from the craft store.)
Fallen Leaves from My Life and KidsContinue to 15 of 24 below.
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Coat the outsides--or just the insides--of seashells with a coat of gold.
Seashells from Atta Girl SaysContinue to 16 of 24 below.
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A humble trash can gets to shine out in the open as a stylish storage solution for toys, or wrapping paper.
Trash Can from PopSugarContinue to 17 of 24 below.
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A simple glass vase from the dollar store turns chic when taped off and sprayed with gold paint.
Glass Vase from Two Twenty OneContinue to 18 of 24 below.
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Paint the inside or outside of a bowl for a pretty way to corral jewelry, spare change, keys or cell phones.
Gold Bowls from Home Made by CarmonaContinue to 19 of 24 below.
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Try this curtain rod hack: Upgrade a basic curtain rod and its finials by giving them the Midas touch.Continue to 20 of 24 below.
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An office chair lacking in style becomes fashionable by simply painting its base.Continue to 21 of 24 below.
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The unattractive green cords on a strand of string lights can be classed up with gold spray paint so you can string them on your mantel, or on your child's headboard.Continue to 22 of 24 below.
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Elevate basic office supplies to the status of desk accessories. After painting them gold, you'll want to keep this gilded set out on your desk instead of hidden in a drawer.
Office Supplies from Simple StylingsContinue to 23 of 24 below.
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A plastic plate charger can become trendy wall art with a coat of gold and the addition of a small mirror from the craft store.Continue to 24 of 24 below.
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Small branches from your yard can be sprayed gold and used as a centerpiece or as vase filler.
Tree Branches from Maureen Stevens