Goldilocks' Gold: The Less Than $5 Secret For Glamorizing Thrift Store Finds and Anything At All

All that glitters is gold—but why does that gold always have to be so yellow or brassy?

Nailing down the right tone of gold paint reminds of highlighting my hair—it’s a rarity when my roots don’t leave the salon too brassy, yellow or grey and washed out. That’s probably because my porous hair is screaming for a conditioning treatment, but we’ll tackle that another day.

From someone who has tried every paint under the sun [where you’ll actually find me spraying my latest thrift find], the ever-elusive beautifully-toned gold has always seemed out of reach.

For awhile I was a fan of adhesive gold leafing, but my leaf-flaked-floors and fingernails speak for themselves when they tell you that they’ve had enough of that mess.

Having fallen in love with the silver foil spray paint you’ve heard me go on and on about, I figured the gold version of its silver sister would be a no-brainer.

Here’s a glance at the silver foil spray paint in action on a Salvation Army candlestick and Bertha the skull. Nobody can stop her silver shine. Am I right?

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The gold version of this foil paint, however, was a total letdown—super brassy and unattractive.

I’d given up on my ‘Goldilocks’ gold until I found two very unique frames at a garage sale that were in need of a refresh. Aside from knowing I’d replace the pictures, I wanted to preserve the gold if [and only if] I could brighten it up with a tone I actually liked.

Back to the drawing board I went, purchasing quuuite a few options at Michael’s and conducting a scientific, Breaking Bad-like experiment on my office floor.

Then, I found it—the Goldilocks gold.

Hang tight for the pic replacements, but directly below, check out the paint comparison.

Side note: I’m enamored with the metallic cowhide rug underneath the frames I recently bought with a birthday gift card. You know my metallic cowhide obsession if you’ve read my pillow dupes.

 LEFT: the original gold of the frame. Right: matching frame painted with  ArtMinds Brushed Metallic in Champagne Gold .

LEFT: the original gold of the frame. Right: matching frame painted with ArtMinds Brushed Metallic in Champagne Gold.

Brighter and much more glamorous, right? It’s the perfect gold for modernizing and glamorizing practically anything, but it especially highlights antiques that are ready for a rejuvenation.

As I mentioned, I only brushed on one light coat to avoid sacrificing too much of the frame’s intricacy and dimension. Though it appeared more yellow than I anticipated during the application process, once it dried, it was just right.

Here’s a snapshot of one of the finished frames and art pieces. I’ll reveal my latest gallery wall soon on the blog so you can see the full effect.

One more sneak peek of the gold in action—painted on [only half, for comparison] an antique mirror I found at my favorite consignment shop.

Get your Goldilocks gold and get to work! XO

15 Timeless + Glamorous Elements for the Redecorating Addict

Raise your hand if you’re addicted to redecorating. Added emphasis on the ‘re.’ Why?

To me, decorating means you have an affinity and passion for interior styling. You pride yourself on your ability to glance at a blank slate, formulate a design vision and strategically execute it [or—let’s face it—sprinkle your latest Home Goods finds all over a room like a champagne shower].

When you have a love for redecorating, one thing’s inevitable: you’re going to keep decorating that same damn room, space or corner until the end of time. Strike a chord? Whether it’s because you’re indecisive or perpetually ‘inspired,’ it’s an itch you can’t scratch until you decorate… again.

My deepest condolences if you have this addiction. Mine was passed down from my mother, and I’ve been trying to shake it since I was a child. If you’ve resigned to your inner redecorating devil, you may just need to empower yourself with some tools before you buy that next trendy feature piece [that’ll undoubtedly end up in the closet—or as my husband calls it—the decor graveyard.]

 exhibit a: how some of the timeless elements in the list below can play nicely together in the sandbox. pssst:  geode  and  marble  are definitely on my list!

exhibit a: how some of the timeless elements in the list below can play nicely together in the sandbox. pssst: geode and marble are definitely on my list!

From one redecorating addict to another, I can tell you that at the crux of your issue is this: you’re impulsively stockpiling items that you sorta, kinda, secretly already know you’ll tire of later. This feeling overcomes you in the checkout line, but you defiantly proceed to the register. Am I right?

You’re not alone—but you’re not stuck either. By honing in on fabrics, minerals and finishes that are glamorous and timeless, you’ll end up with a strong design foundation you can easily swap a few trendy pieces in and out of—instead of relegating your room to an eternal identity crisis.

 exhibit B: tons of timeless elements are found here. sidenote: I’m in love with these two thrift store candle finds [$1.99 each!] as well as this gorgeous ANTHROPOLOGie  drawer pull dupe.

exhibit B: tons of timeless elements are found here. sidenote: I’m in love with these two thrift store candle finds [$1.99 each!] as well as this gorgeous ANTHROPOLOGie drawer pull dupe.

Here’s my list of 15 timeless + glamorous decorative elements that are almost impossible to get sick of—despite changing minds and trends. I’ve been using this guide myself to combat hastiness [even for that clearance item] in purchases related to interior styling.

Your wallet and significant other will thank you. Pin now, redecorate [strategically] later.

[Heads up: it’s a large visual file, so just hit refresh a few times if you can’t see it at first].

Get to work! XO

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Shop Some of My Favorite Timeless Pieces

Glam Entryway Vignette Curated With All T.J. Maxx Finds

“You don’t go to T.J.Maxx looking for something… you have to let T.J.Maxx tell you what you’re looking for.” -random Tweeter named Reghan

I’d like to thank this random person on Twitter and Buzzfeed [named Reghan] for her articulate summation of the T.J. Maxx phenomenon. Nailed it, sister.

Things that weren’t ‘nailed’: this T.J. Maxx commercial created the year I was born. Join me in this cringe-worthy adventure. Dork chills are guaranteed. You’ve come a long way, T.J. baby.

The other night, I visited T.J. Maxx online—not looking for anything in particular—and T.J. told me what I was looking for. It presented me with a smorgasbord of sophisticated pieces that fell together in my brain. This puzzle looked a little something like what I’ve mocked up below.

Thank God you can’t see the rest of my brain. It always has a few too many tabs open.

This virtual inspo is an ode to T.J. Maxx. Your commercials may have improved over time, but your affinity for helping decor addicts like myself covet high-quality brands at minimum prices has always been at your core. Thanks for rebranding us as “maxxinistas” to make us look less insane.

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