We're Golden

I always say, “there’s nothing a little gold spray paint can’t fix”. No, you’re right,  I’ve never actually said that, but now I do believe that it’s true and I have two examples to prove it to you. 

Exhibit A: An old fireplace cover. Boring!

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Clearly, its day had come and gone. When I put it in front of my newly painted living room mantle, it was clear that it needed a make over. I love the scalloped design, it just needed some TLC. Now, you might recall that I was trying to infuse some color into my living room a couple of weeks ago. I have since embraced my inner boring and realized I really love monochromatic and neutral colors…and that’s OK! But I do like punching up rooms with pops of color, metallic pieces, and varied patterns and textures that are easily changed out when I change my mind. Anyway, back when I was trying to force color, I decided to spray paint the fireplace cover blue to tie in with the Ikat pillows that I purchased at Target.

Jay bought me the Rust-oleum Wildflower Blue while he was a Home Depot. I thought it looked OK. 

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I was wrong. 

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Contrary to the Google commercials prediction - no - no, this is NOT the one. 

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 As soon as I brought it inside, I knew it was all wrong. Fireplace cover fail. 

The next time I was in Home Depot, I found gold spray paint and knew it was the perfect solution. 

Take 2:

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I had to spray a couple of extra coats to cover Wildflower Blue completely and let it dry for about 2 hours outside. 

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Now that looks much better! 

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If only I could find the tea light candle holders that go in to the fireplace cover, I’d be in business. Nonetheless, a vast improvement. 

But wait, there’s more! Gold spray paint can also be applied to cloth!

I’ve been pining over a couple of Caitlin Wilson Textile gold pillow covers. But with a 20 x 20 cover running about $70, it’s just not in the budget (see Jay, I do have limits!) So, I set out to try to see if I could recreate the gilded look on my own. I love chevron patterns and thought its straight lines would be easiest for me to imitate. 

I bought the Ritva 20 x 20 white pillow cover from Ikea for $8. 

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I grabbed some painter’s tape and started making my pattern. I decided that I wasn’t going to make my pattern precise to avoid looking too contrived (read: I couldn’t find a ruler/I don’t have that kind of patience). Hey - askew chevron is in! 

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I varied the thickness of the lines and taped the bottom of the pillow cover to avoid spraying the zipper. 

Time to spray! 

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I did one heavy coat making sure that the tape was pressed tightly against the fabric. I set it in the sun to dry for about 2 hours before removing the tape. And when I did, I was really happy with the way it turned out! 

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The sheen is not quite as reflective as it is on the fireplace cover but you can clearly tell that it’s gold, not tan. 

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I think it’s a great addition to the couch throw pillows that is unboring enough to give the room some spunk that it needs. It may not be a designer textile but I made it and it only cost $10! 

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