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diy idea: faux gold objet d’art from erica


erica at ps i made this always has the best diy ideas, so when i see an email from her in my inbox i know something good is coming. today she’s been kind enough to share a fun, simple diy idea that transforms inexpensive plastic toys and objects into chic objet d’art. inspired by harry allen’s famous gold pig, erika decided to us metallic spray paint to create chic home accessories. all it takes it a small collection of plastic knick knacks (check your closets, local thrift shop, flea markets or toy stores for good examples), a few minutes and spraying and voila! shiny new pieces for your living room. thanks to erica for sharing this project with us!

CLICK HERE for the full how-to after the jump!

INGREDIENTS:

Toys- Animals and objects with texture have the best results.
Metallic Spray paint- KRYLON Metallics available at all hardware stores


DIRECTIONS:

-Re-purpose kids toys or pick up some fun objects at the Dollar Store
-Make sure toys are clean, use a damp paper towel to wipe of any dust for a smooth finish.
-Lay a tarp, newspaper down flat
-Spray a coat of Metallic Spray paint, let dry, Spray a 2nd coat for an extra shiny and luxe finish


PS- Style spray metallic objects on floating shelves, on top of coffee table books, and on your coffee tables- also makes for a great gift!

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49 Comments

Maren Baker

Hmmm… let me count how many things in my apartment I can spray gold and silver! So many choices! :) Not sure I can get the spray paint in the city of Chicago, but I will try!

Pretty Shiny Sparkly

Erica I love this!! This is such a great idea. I did this in bright bumblebee yellow for my office desk accessories, but never thought about gold & silver for random objects! I already have an alarm clock and a conch shell waiting to be gilded. :)

xoxo
Kristina
Pretty Shiny Sparkly

Katherine

When I was a kid, my brother and I used to do this ALL the time. We even froze bugs then turned them to gold.

Fun all around!

NubiaNYC

Great idea! I was threatning my sister that I will throw out her collection of a mini cooper, a vespa,…. Now I know what to do with them.

I see you used Krylon brand of spray paint. Have you tried their mirror spray paint, which will turn ordinary glass into a mirror? Thanks!

katsola

I have this old plastic hobby (spring?) horse I obtained walking past a house with my dog on a heavy trash day. Some pieces of the dowel are trapped inside, which I may never get out, but free is free. I have been trying to decide what color I want to paint it, do you think this is too large for metallic spray paint? Do I need to prime it first?

grace

katsola

definitely not! spray away :)

primer never hurts, especially on plastic.

g

dani

Hmmmm I think I saw a pretty cool horse in my nephews backpack last Sunday at church. I’ll go get it!

CassiMO

Great idea! I’ve already got a few cans of spray paint in antique gold, white, black, etc.! We used the gold on three hanging light kits to match the pendants and they turned out beautifully. I’m inspired to go through my ‘outbox’ of potential yard sale-bound items and see what would benefit from being metallicized… Thanks!

laura

ugh bane of my existence, you can NOT get spray paint in Chicago, time to take a trip to the suburbs to stock up

abby

Amazing! I’ve been on the lookout for brass animals lately but I may need to set my sights on the dollar store instead. Such a great idea.

turnip

katherine, your comment made my day! for some reason i could not stop laughing when you said that you and your brother froze bugs then turned them to gold,lol. i guess because it was unexpected . do you and your brother still have those gold bug? :)

Hunter

I love this!

I’m decorating a new apartment, and my next stop is garage sale-ing for toys that I can silver-fy. Amazing idea!

Haley

YaY!!! I’m LOVING this idea! Thanks Grace and Erica.

Michelle

HA! I’m obsessed with spray paint, but I told my husband I would refrain from buying any more until I had something I legitimately needed to paint. I think it’s a sign… :)

s.d.

quick practical question: when spraypainting like this, how far will the paint travel? meaning, how large does the tarp have to be? i live in an apartment so can’t do it inside, but there is a courtyard. i don’t want to end up spraying the ground and walls, though . . .

grace

sd

i have the same problem- just get yourself a large cardboard box and put it over a tarp. put your objects in the box and spray into the box- it helps limit the spray-back.

grace

Cranberry

Great idea on the toys spraypainted, I love it! Will check out Dollar Stores also.The alligator/croc is really cool.

Jennifer

OMG! So simple and so classic. I’m doing gold-sprayed plastic dinosaurs for all my guy friends this year…

Cori

I actually had this exact idea a few months ago and I rustoliumed a plastic lobster toy silver- it looked awesome. BUT THE PAINT NEVER DRIED. That lobster is still wet to this day. Watch out for that. I think it has something to do with the plastic coating…..

Hannah

i LOVE this. I paint almost everything i get my hands on but never really thought about painting ornaments and objects… I hope the wooden owl I saw at the op shop yesterday is still there as he would look great painted minty green!

Monica

I just did this today on a really old frame, that was missing pieces, and it came out great! I can’t wait to try some other items around the house!

hrhkat

I did this a couple months ago to a white plaster lamp and a buddha head I had (the head was painted to look like stone, it wasnt that cute, but the shape of the head was great), anyway…I sprayed them both with this 24 karat gold spray paint, and it still wasnt realistic enough, so then I GOLD LEAFED THEM! omg it made a huge difference. I now want to gold leaf my entire house. Because both the objects I gold leafed had alot of carving on them, I rubbed in a dark stain to highlight all the carved flowers in the lamp, and the features of the buddha. They looked so antiqued, it looks like I stole the buddha from some 600 year old tibet temple.

If your going to gold leaf, I suggest always spray painting a base coat of gold, just incase you miss a few spots.

Nia

What a fool I’ve been! I was actually buying REAL silver to match the silver “collection” I have in one of my cabinets. Ho ho! Now I’m just going to go out and buy a bunch of cheap, plastic trash and spray paint it silver. Thanks for the tip – you saved me lots.

s.d.

grace, thanks for the tip. now that you’ve said it, i can’t believe it never occurred to me!

Sally Carns

Chicago Spray paint: I know they have it at the Home Depot in Berwyn (just south of Oak Park).

Thanks for the ideas.. love ‘em.

Design Blahg

Ok, I *literally* want to run out to the .99 cents store RIGHT NOW and try this. Totally effin brillz.

Sidenote: I keep wondering when I will stop loving the crap out of gold, and it just hasn’t happened yet. I’ve been obsessed for the last 5 years, and its not going away.

Anyway…yeah, this rules my face! Thanks!

Swamp Kiwi

I LOVE the alligator. Does anyone know where that particular one was purchased?

Jenny

I did this with a plastic Superman he is now part of a sculpture I created titled Night Queen.

katsola

I made my bed so I could rest the horse against the wall, but as soon as I did Maya, my dog laid horizontally where the pillows and blanket meet and started wiggling around until everything was disheveled. And my camera is not so nice.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/katsola/4663489705/

Here is a close up of the after. My camera is somewhat sucky or I just don’t know how to use it properly. I used the Rustoleum Universal Advanced. Now I just need another can and some dowels so I can hang somehow.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/katsola/4664110722/in/photostream/

creative oneders

Have just painted up some op-shop finds for my new kitchen in silver to match the handles!
Thank you for the inspiration! And anyone who asks will be directed to this great site! xxoo

Ginger

Seems like the Kmart one is out. J. Crew has a similar children’s toy that I did it with and it worked beautifully. I love this so much, I seriously thought about spraypainting my kleenex boxes sitting around my house gold.

Felicity

I did this to a really cool octopus but the paint never dried! Help? Is there something I can do to seal it or help the paint dry?

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