Wood to Gold DIY

Gold is hot! See how to make anything gold in just seconds!

So if you read about my miraculous┬ámakeover of a belt into two chunky and awesome gold bracelets you already know about the evil garage sale holder. Well, not evil but she did rip me off of $0.50 which had me absolutely seething. But let’s not rehash the past… instead let’s go forward with one awesome wooden tray makeover!

I snagged this tray for a cool buck. It’s large (as you can tell by my cat Marla ┬álaying next to it) and it’s some sort of wood. Being no real expert on the subject I will just state that it is brown. This brown wood tray has five totally groovy and curvy shaped areas that I just knew would be perfect for storing some of my crafty stuff on my desk. You know, functional yet stylish…

What I didn’t factor in was that some of my crafty stuff is just too darn irresistible to cats…

Grab those wooden bowls, trays and whatnots you find at the thrift store and garage sales. It's so easy to go from wood to gold for next to nothing!

Jerk.

But I boldly moved forward turning this brown piece into a brown and gold piece and guess what? Yep, I love it and it only took about 5 minutes. Shazam!

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Seriously, that’s it. Freaking awesome, eh?

Gold is hot! See how to make anything gold in just seconds!

This stuff is Rub ‘n Buff and it’s a godsend. It comes in lots and lots of colors and is so easy to use.

Gold is hot! See how to make anything gold in just seconds! Simply rub stuff onto anywhere you want to be gold. Be careful though… this stuff is waxy or sticky or something and getting it in the wrong place can be a pain in the neck to clean up.

Gold is hot! See how to make anything gold in just seconds!

You can either apply directly to your finger and rub in or to a cloth. I prefer a cloth after someone at a store said I looked like a huffer with my gold fingers and now I’m crazy paranoid about ever having gold stuck to my skin. So silly but, yeah.

Gold is hot! See how to make anything gold in just seconds!

After you rub it in, buff it out. Now places where the wood is really rough the color won’t take as well. If you sand those down and smooth them out you’ll have really even coverage. BUT if you want an antique-like gold appearance just slather this junk on and get on with it.

Gold is hot! See how to make anything gold in just seconds!

With my new gold compartments the rest of the tray looked pretty darn shabby. Enter one of my most favorite things I’ve ever known about as an adult… Old English. When you have cats that can accidentally scrape the crap out of your foot-board, you get to know Old English really well. But if you’re not as well versed the OE is a scratch cover that looks like soy sauce. All you do is rub it onto a cloth and over the entire piece, paying special attention to the scratches.

Gold is hot! See how to make anything gold in just seconds!

Behold, before!

Gold is hot! See how to make anything gold in just seconds!

And after! Oooh, aaah, that’s amazing!

Gold is hot! See how to make anything gold in just seconds!

Doesn’t this look like a high end piece rather than a garage store scavenge?

Gold is hot! See how to make anything gold in just seconds!

Get it filled with whatever and you’re all set!

Gold is hot! See how to make anything gold in just seconds!

Until the cat comes along!

Gold is hot! See how to make anything gold in just seconds!

Keep your eyes peeled for wooden bowls, vases, trays and all sorts of goodies in decent shape. Even with some serious scratches you can turn them into a gorgeous piece for next to nothing!

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  1. onel says

    omg hahaha your cat and your craft supplies, so funny! Great job on they tray, btw! Love the new golden look, so cool!

  2. Cindy says

    I love this wooden dish make over. I really need to start using my mind’s eye when looking at items at thrift stores and yard sales – you have such a great eye for seeing the beauty in things which others may just see it as “stuff”. Great job!! As for Marla, she is precious and I believe she needs a pair of rhinestone trimmed Diva glasses because she is a SUPER STAR!!!! ;-)

    • Allison says

      Of course I totally agree with you about Marla and absolutely LOVE that you think well enough of my furry little friend to speak so highly of her :) Have a fantastic week, Miss Cindy!

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