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    Gold Leafing and Goodwill Finds

    If you’ve ever wanted to live like royalty, here’s your chance: Channel your inner King Midas when you turn your Goodwill finds to gold! This trendy finish illuminates treasures and can transform your home in mere minutes. Goodwill cares about the community and the planet so by buying or revamping second-hand goods you find in our stores instead of choosing something brand new elsewhere, you’re supporting your neighbors and the environment, too. Here’s what a few bloggers are doing with their gilded Goodwill finds…


    Image via placeofmytaste.com

    This eye-catching planter was actually a plain ice bucket before it was rescued and updated with a gold leaf pen! Quick little lines down the sides add just a touch of reflective glamor to create this unique look. Even if you aren’t confident in your DIY skills, I promise you can easily rock this simple and stunning refresh. For more ideas like this, check out Goodwill Industries of the Valleys, Inc.’s Gift & Craft Ideas pinboard!


    Image via howtonestforless.com

    Next up, the blogger behind How to Nest for Less takes the term “gold leaf” seriously when she touches up some thrifted decor to perfectly match her home. At just $6 for the pair, she grabbed these two decorative leaf plaques from Goodwill and reimagined them in her home. They needed a new background in order to fit her color scheme, but her upgrade was pretty painless thanks to the perfect paint color. Check out the before photos by clicking through to her blog post!


    Image via goodwillakron.org

    But why limit yourself to just gold accents when you can cover an entire piece of furniture in gold? For a bigger project, pull out the big guns with gold paint. Makeover an outdated plant stand or side table for a luminous look like this one shared on Goodwill Industries of Akron, Inc.’s blog. (Side note: I guess snake plants are the secondary stars of this post.) Since this table has a slim silhouette its gold finish isn’t overwhelming, but it’s the perfect complement to the reflective planter perched on top as well as the lettering on the books.

    Including shiny surfaces in your home does more than just make your surroundings feel elegant. It can also help to brighten up a dark space. So, try incorporating more gold into your rooms if they feel dreary. And remember, you don’t have to find a perfectly filigreed piece, you can create your own from thrifted finds!

    Julia Marchand
    is a home decor/DIY blogger at LITTLEroost. From her little roost in rural New England, fueled by coffee and fresh air, Julia blogs for Goodwill Industries International creating sustainable DIY, home decor, and fashion content from thrifted finds.
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