A Gold Chair ReStyle

Old wicker chair painted with Martha Stewart liquid gilding… so pretty!I've been making jokes that my husband should worry about our whole house turning gold. As it turns out, a coat of shiny gold paint is pretty much the best thing ever… and it's addictive! So in honor of my little gold obsession, here's a restyle that was really fun to work on. :) 

Chair makeover (before)I purchased this painted white vintage chair from a flea market a few weeks ago. I loved the shape, hated the cushion and couldn't wait to see it in a new color!  

Old wicker chair painted with Martha Stewart liquid gilding… so pretty! First, I painted the whole chair with this gold paint. I love this paint because it only takes one coat. The downside is that it's oil based, but if you use disposable brushes, and are careful not to spill it's not so bad. I say be careful not to spill because my favorite jeans were the victim of this project. Ruined. Haha- oh well! 🙂 One more thing to note- it's ideal to use this paint outdoors or in a VERY well ventilated area.

There was a little bit of structural damage to the chair. My dad fixed it up with a few super long screws. Now it's much more sturdy! 

DIY chair makeover!We made a new cushion. This was super easy! We used some pretty ikat fabric, bright yellow binding and quilt batting. The old cushion was used as a template to stitch up the new one. It's not perfect, but I love the pattern and color combination! 

That's my weekend project! What did you do this weekend? xo. Elsie 

  • I have a pair of Neoclassical French armchairs that I’d like to paint a soft gold before recovering. The Amazon reviews for this Martha Stewart paint say not to use on items that will be touched, that the finish wears off and discolors. They also warn not to protect with a sealant as it changes the color and finish. Have you had similar issues with this paint?

  • Gold chairs are great. Maybe I should have gold painted kitchen chairs. okay maybe that would be over the top. Maybe… My bestie was a manager at Hot Topic for many years and left to pursue a fashion degree. On her last day she painted the break-room toilet gold. Leaving them a golden thrown!

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  • This was a useful post and I think it is rather easy to see from the other comments as well that this post is well written and useful. Keep up the good work.

  • Love the pop of yellow in the cushion!



  • I love painting anything gold…instant glam!



  • I will be trying it out! I’ve got some great old pieces in need of a little makeover. Have you ever found a spray paint that you like?

  • Kathy- We painted this outside. After the paint is dry there is no odor. 🙂 Thanks!

  • oh ! We are fond of this type of chair !
    It would be perfect for our office.

    Love this article <3


  • does the chair stink from the paint I’m wondering if it has to spend some time outside to air out? Oil base paint being notorious for the smell.

  • I love how bright and colorful all of your photos are.. I know you use photoshop but are there any specific tools or settings you favor?
    Thanks 🙂

  • I love the black and white ikat against the gold chair! So lovely.


  • I think I would be dangerous with a can of gold spray paint, because I would just want to get at everything!

  • oooh the gold looks so amazing paired with your white house!

    Just posted a new d.i.y. on my blog!


  • Oooo i love this!

    Lulu xx


  • What a simple but drastic transformation… very inspiring. You guys make the most awesome projects seem so easy!

  • Elsie! I am obsessed with your blog, and check diligently each day for new posts. When can we be expecting some home tour photos of your new abode?

    P.S. The chair is fantastic as usual.

  • Wow thats such an improvement!

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  • lovely DIY..
    gold is my color so love it!

  • What a great way to re-purpose an old chair. I recently took an old lamp from my husband’s bachelor days and covered its many embarrassing imperfections to give it a new life.

  • I think your restyle posts are my faves! LOVE everything gold at the moment, too!


  • So simple, yet such fantastic results! Thank you 🙂 I was moving this week-end, but I’ve got lots of little (and 1 or 2 big) DIY projects lined up for the near future. Thank you for the always great ideas!

  • Man, I’m so jealous that this is just a “weekend project” for you. It takes me all weekend just to paint my nails.

  • Wow! This chair is so pretty, well done! I just recently came across your blog and I am already hooked! Keep it up coz you girls rock! 😀 xoxo

  • Love the combination of gold and that fabric. The chair would be a good pop of color in a room 🙂



  • I’m a huge fan of anything gold, so I adore this! Beautiful. 🙂

  • I love how different it looks! Even if I am partial to white furniture 😉


  • So easy!!!

    I’m going to be moving to a much larger apartment soon and will be looking around for new furniture. This post is always a good reminder that you shouldn’t pass on a thrift shop/vintage store/flea market find if all it takes in a couple screws and a new paint job to fit perfectly in your living space!

  • I didn´t make anything this past weekend, but I went to a fair where handmade design was on display and for sale. It was great.

  • Very pretty! Do you mind me asking how many containers of paint this project needed? I’m looking into a few projects like this, and the amount would be helpful for purchasing paint! Thanks!


  • This gold chair looks great with these white walls. Cool project! Best regards from Barcelona, Marta

  • Usually gold isn’t really my cup of tea, but i would make an exception for this chair. it’s somehow quite subtle.


  • Once again, j’adore. Your blog is so inspiring !


  • Your chair looks so beautiful after your painting. It has so much class now. 🙂

  • Beautiful as all your projects!!! Only four of the gold paint are left in stock!!!!!

  • Looks lovely, what a great idea!

    I celebrated my good friend’s birthday on Saturday and spent all Sunday on the couch with a bad hangover.. But it was worth it!! 😉


  • Chair got a makeover – looks amazing!

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  • You guys are so creative i love this!


  • Wow, that is very impactful. Just beautiful! xx


  • I love this restyle! The gold looks so pretty on it, and the shade of the paint is awesome as well!

    I didn’t really do anything over the weekend; I relaxed.

  • FABULOUS! I need this exact chair in my house. The ikate fabric would match this wonderful comforter from Target that I love! 🙂


  • That gold looks great on that chair. I like it. Have a great monday.


  • If you told me you were going to paint a chair gold, I’d be sceptical, but as always you’ve blown me away with a gorgeous restyle. I am inspired, looking around my bedroom wondering what would look nice golden!

  • How do you do it?! It you asked me if I would like a gold chair, I’d say no… but this – soooo cute!

  • That chair looks amazing! I love what you’ve done. I have a very similar chair that I’ve thought about painting gold but sadly I don’t think it would work with what I’ve got going on however, come to think of it, I do have a chair in the bedroom that could use some sprucing up. Hmmm….!!!

  • Love this little project, Elsie!
    I’ve been loving gold all the more lately. And, I actually have a few crafty projects in the queue as well that involve slathering anything and everything in a coat of gold! Now I feel even more inspired to give it a go. Thanks so much. Cheers 😉

  • My weekend project was, I made a doll from a pattern in a Mollie Makes magazine for our grandaughter’s birthday. Turned out just right too. Love your chair.

  • cute never would have thought of spray painting wicker, love the ikat print cushion 🙂

  • I love the new cushion! Such a cute and simple refashion 🙂


  • Ah you are too creative for me! I seriously need to start some DIY projects!


  • Great chair! Looks good with it’s new cushion! 🙂
    My weekend was all about rearranging my studio space! I’m almost done and I can’t wait to do some bookbinding! 🙂

  • I’ll bet that there are water based gold paints available with less or no odor.

  • I’m doing a mini makeover in my “foyer” and gold might be just the accent I need to give it some pizazz! The chair looks awesome!!!

  • Love it, Elsie! I painted all of my mismatched kitchen chairs turquoise, and I am so in love with them!

  • I love quick weekend projects like this – its beautiful!

    xx Ashleigh

  • Great idea to spruce up an old chair!

    Carina xx

  • Cute. I’m usually not a gold fan really, but this turned out really cute! 🙂


  • I love gold, too. I have a vintage school desk of my mum’s that I’m very tempted to paint gold.. Though I’m not sure she’d approve!

  • You don’t need to use disposable brushes, just use turpentine to clean them (might also work for taking that stain out of your jeans actually). Just need to be careful with it because it’s highly flammable and gives off lots of fumes- need to be in a well ventilated area!

  • Esh- it only took 2 containers! Totally worth it, considering it only takes one coat. I forgot to mention in the post that I tried spray painting first and it was too tedious and not as pretty. 🙂

  • I have been obsessing over metallic paints lately. I think my whole house would turn copper colored if I was allowed!

  • Such a fun and classy update! So perfect!

    Juliette Laura

  • I love the chair. We did this to all the chairs at our farmhouse table, so now we have 6 pastel pretty chairs. Everyone always compliments when visiting, love the added unique color.

  • How many of those containers of paint did you use to cover it? I love it!

  • Very nice. It looks great in the gold colour. Sorry to hear about your favourite jeans though. We had our first barbecue of the year this week end. Let the good times roll! 🙂

  • I cannot get enough of the gold, either. Good choice. 🙂


  • I attempted to make the soup recipe you posted! Fail! I have no idea what I did wrong? I am determined to try it again soon. This time, I’ll get it right! Beauty of a chair!

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