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Styling Harvard: Midas Touch

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My motto in life: when in doubt…photo (16)Anyone who knows me knows I have an obsession with spray painting anything I can get my hands on, especially if I can make it gold. Maybe it’s the hoarder in me, but I hate to give something away that just needs a little facelift and can be reused or repurposed.  A little spray paint goes a long way. Take a look at some of the projects I’ve done recently.

Gilded pumpkins make a for glamorous fall decor.IMG_2844

I was sick of the black on this Ikea Granas etagiere so it got a coat of gold spray paint and *poof*, looks like a much more expensive

Of course I need some new decor for my sweet gold bar so I asked my always-so-generous Benny if he would donate one of his hundreds (of thousands) of animals to his Keke’s project. I had had my eye on an elephant for a while so when I asked him for it, he jumped out of bed, much to his mother’s chagrin, and began digging through his toy box for it. Two toy boxes and a big mess later, I was the proud new owner of this plastic grey elephant. But the grey was just a little too blah for me. Plus, I wasn’t really a fan of the white on the tusks. So the next day, out came my gold spray paint. When Ben came by after school, he thought it was so cool, he tried to take it back . Sorry Benny, no takesies backsies. Now when he comes over, it’s his favorite thing to play with (when he’s not torturing Napolean). photo (1)photo 2 (4)

While I was packing and purging for our big move to Harvard, I found this old $10 wicker lamp. It was kind of a pistachio color. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good mint green but this one just didn’t do it for me. I was about to add it to the donation pile when *ding ding ding* a bell went off. Spray it gold, Kate, duh. A quick spray the next day resulted in this super cute little table lamp (which is displayed on my other recent project. We took an old oak side table, painted it a creamy white and sprayed the hardware (what else?) gold. ). I really love the way it came 1 (4)

The living room has a dated looking chandelier that I figured I could try and salvage it. The arms were brass but the pinstripe was gold. I picked up some Rub n’ Buff at Michaels for less than $5. If I could freshen it up a bit and save a couple hundred bucks, it would be well worth it. It was super easy to use and I liked the gold look much better than the brass. Jamie still needs to take the plate down from the ceiling so I can do that part but all in all, I’m pleased with it for the time being. I added some mini lamp shades I bought a while back at the Christmas Tree Shop (2/$3) and some (fake) crystal ornaments I’d picked up at Target a couple of Christmases ago.   photo 3 (2)photo 4 (3)photo 5 (2)

Jamie had these hideous side tables from when he lived on his own. They were originally a hammered blackish color. I had sprayed them copper once but I still hated them. Then I thought, hey, these might look really good gold. So, you guessed it, out came the spray paint. Et voilà! I don’t even really hate them anymore, that’s how much gold warms my 1 (5)

So there you have it. Spray.painting.obsessed. What are some things you like to spray paint?

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