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Proof that Gold Spray Paint Makes Everything Look Like a Million Bucks

updated May 3, 2019
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Giving everything from an IKEA shelving unit to a foam model hand the Midas touch is as easy as picking up a can of gold spray paint. With a gilded finish, every surface suddenly looks much more expensive—and no one has to know it’s all thanks to this $5 hardware store staple.

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To make the IKEA VITTSJO bookshelf match the glam-quotient of the rest of her Austin apartment, Whitney spray-painted the frame gold.

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After gilding an IKEA desk and laptop table with a can of gold spray paint, Brenna from Chic Street Style tucked them together to make a set of nesting tables. She used the same paint to glam up the shelving hardware, too.

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Taking a cheap plywood side table and giving the legs a gold-dipped effect instantly makes it look like a West Elm piece. Find the super-simple how-to on Chasing Shiny Objects.

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One can of gold spray paint was all it took to make a $15 Target clothing rack look luxe. Watch the transformation in action on Daily Dose of Charm.

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Carmel from Our Fifth House brought a vintage cane chair into the 21st century with a hit of high-shine metallics. The gold letters above cling to the wall thanks to a coat of magnetic primer.

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Poppytalk confirms it: Coffee really does taste better in a gilded mug.

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A mini fridge looks much less “dorm room” and much more craft room-worthy after Be Crafty Workshop gave it a coat of gold.

A $3 foam hand from Michaels looks like something out of a Jonathan Adler catalog after Brittany Makes gave it a coat of gold. Get all of the details over on House of Jade.

A boring black metal grid (the kind typically used for store displays) goes for gold after a quick paint spruce-up. Melanie Lissack Interiors combined theirs with coordinating gold clips to hang fabric and paint swatches.

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By gilding toilet paper holders constructed from hardware store pipes, A Kailo Chic Life gave this bathroom a glam look, but with an industrial edge.

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Pretty gold curtain rods tend to be more expensive than run-of-the-mill black ones, so Kristin from Hunted Interior‘s frugal solution was to give an inexpensive Home Goods rod a one-minute makeover.