March 8, 2011

I looooove GOLD...FAIL

First Spring Break project = FAIL.

You see, I was inspired to add a little gold to our living room from this
I had a good start with this hutch/bookshelf we built a while ago. It is practically the same color and I thought, "Self, why don't you paint the back of the shelves gold?"
FABULOUS IDEA SELF. I thought about gold leafing. In fact, that's what I went to Michaels to buy... but I was swayed by the thought that metallic paint might be cheaper and less steps. Enter this guy:
Acrylic gold metallic paint. PERFECT! And it was only $4. I got home, stoked about the fact that I would have gold and teal bookshelf in no time. I emptied the shelves, wiped it down..
and started painting with a foam brush. Here's where the FAIL started. The back of the shelves is plywood and was a little rough which means the foam brush hung up and the paint did not go on smooth.
Ok, no problem. "Self, get a regular brush." Great, good coverage, it will probably just need 2 coats and then...

You see where the paint is not sticking? Yeah, that's not good.

So, I spent the next 10 minutes wiping all the paint off with a wet paper towel. I am now left with this:
and I need your help. If I went back to Michaels (dreading, dreading...) and got gold leaf, this cheap project would soon turn into a $75 project. I would love to do gold spray paint but this thing weighs about 400lbs and I am not lugging it outside. So what should I do??


  1. This sort of thing happens to me ALL. THE. TIME.

    Time to regroup! My idea ... I would look for some great gold (I'm envisioning gold latticework on a white background) wallpaper to cut out the very size you need & affix.

    Bon chance mon amour!

  2. Get gold spray paint and cut panels out of a heavy posterboard or a foam core board the size of the backs of the shelves. Spray and apply with double sided tape (glue if you are really commited). The spray paint is super shiny and you wont get brush strokes.
    Good Luck!

  3. I love both ideas! I thought about the wallpaper too but was afraid I would spend a year finding the right pattern and then would be tired of the gold accents. I have such a need for instant gratification.

    GUESS WHAT? I went to el Hobby Lobby and solved the problem. Pics tomorrow!


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