{ditto} DIY: Inspired Design For the Rest of Us

Welcome to the June {ditto} DIY challenge!

Once a month ten very different bloggers are hosting this challenge to recreate in our own homes a project or design element inspired by a haute couture design. The idea is to inspire everyone to incorporate fine design elements into your own home in a way that fits your own style. (For more details on what {ditto}DIY is all about, check out this post, explaining the it all!  My first ditto project was a painted tray vignette and I’m still loving it!

{ditto} DIY: Inspired Design for the Rest of Us

The ten hosting bloggers include:

Darlene @ Fieldstone Hill Design
Ruth @ Living Well Spending Less
Cindy @ Skip to My Lou
Jen @ Balancing Beauty & Bedlam
Edie @ Life in Grace
Rachel @ Surviving the Stores
Karin @ Trophy Mom Diaries
Lauren @ I am THAT Lady
Kelly @ View Along The Way
Melissa @ The Inspired Room

This month’s theme is Go for the GOLD, and this was our inspiration photograph:


{Art and design by Samantha Reitmayer Sano of Style/Swoon.}

The {ditto} DIY Challenge:

Gild something, or paint it gold! Then use it in a lovely display.

Here is my Go For the GOLD {ditto}DIY project: Tween Girl’s Room (in progress) with a Painted Gold Table

Girl's tween room ( with a painted gold table)

I’m right in the middle of working on a tween room for my very adorable tween daughter. She’s been asking to move into the ‘craft room’ for awhile, but I have loved her sharing a room with her sister all these years and wanted to wait until I felt it was the right time for a switch.  I finally said yes (after a year of weighing the options) and we’ve had so much fun collecting inspiration photos on our tween room pin board, and talking about what she loves and would like to incorporate into her room.  We are early in the planning stages so don’t let the above photo fool you.  The room may not end up that color and most of the stuff is all borrowed from other rooms.  We half-way/sorta painted (as in one quick coat to see if we like it) one side of that wall pink, spray painted the table gold (which I ADORE!), borrowed stuff from every room in the house that fit with her girly/glam/vintage vibe—all the while knowing that none of this stuff may stay where it is, if it stays at all.   We stole the rug from the downstairs kitchen, the antlers (which she wants for jewelry storage after seeing her friend, Leah, do something similar) from the living room, the bedding from the camp room and some pillows from various and sundry places in the house.  I really like it so far but what I like most is taking photos of it to see 1) if we like the paint color, 2) if like the white bedding, 3) if we need to find another rug.  This is my favorite way to decorate;  lots of trial and error.


(Brendan Manning quote purchased at Lovely Words Etsy Shop)

What I love so much about the color palette are the various shades of pink/red/coral with the dark brown/black to give it a strong foundation.  The gold glams it up just right.

I started with this table.  Lightly sanded it and then spray painted it gold.  Easy as pie.

table turns to gold


I started here with the gold table and the cute but tiny little head planted from Hobby Lobby, and just kept adding things from around the house.


When I say we sorta painted the wall, I tell no lies. (Notice upper left corner.) I think we are both in agreement on this color but negotiations continue.

Despite my shotty work on the walls,  I did do a bang up job on the table,  with less than one can of gold spray paint.  And now nothing seems out of my golden reach.  I have the  Midas touch.  Beware, bust of David. You would be smashing in gold.

Girl's tween room ( with a painted gold table)

So, there you have it.  A tween room that is less than a fourth of the way done. It’ll be a fun summer project, which I’d love to have done before I travel with Compassion to  Nicaragua.  That’s looking mighty iffy at this point. Stay tuned!

(And many thanks for your love and prayers last week. You are dear friends and I’m so thankful for you.)


And now comes the fun part! It is time to link up your own fabulous Go for the GOLD projects and join the {ditto} DIY party! It wouldn’t be much of a party if you didn’t stick around, so be sure to check out as many projects as you can! Then be sure to visit Darlene’s site for a peek at next month’s challenge along with some expert design tips on incorporating gold accents into your home. (HINT: This design challenge could very well use something that is just sitting in your closet, and turn it into gorgeous art work for your walls!)

(The link-up opens at 8am!)

53 comments on “{ditto} DIY:: Tween Girl’s Room and a Gold Painted Table”

  1. What a great table, I am in love with spray paint right now and finding old furniture to scary it with! I love how it adds warmth to the space too!

  2. I love it, Edie! I’ve been having a gold crush going on here myself. I’ll find one of my recent things to link up. Can’t wait to see the room when it’s done!

  3. Love the MORE framed piece- and the antlers are my favorite!
    And I have been using white bedding recently-
    Feels cool & crisp with the weather heating up here already-
    Looking forward to the finished space & seeing both girls rooms-
    I’m inspired to get painting on a side table that is long over due!

  4. Beautiful! I love it!! Your decorating brings heaven down! You are amazing!! The way you decorate makes my heart sing and gives me so much inspiration!

  5. Where did y’all get the antlers,,,I haven’t seen them here in Florida? The gold table is beautiful, and I love white bedding. The room looks great!

  6. I have the perfect antique table and Jenna would love the gold. We have been doing the tween (kinda, sorta) for the last few weeks. What spray paint did you use and technique, I have never had good luck with the spray. Thanks

  7. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that gold table! Thanks for the before & after pic. I think before & afters make projects doable for me: ) How do you eliminate drip marks while spray painting? I just did some flower pots & they look great because no one will be up close inspecting my paint job but your table looks flawless….How’d ya do that?

  8. Love it all! Am always inspired here, both spiritually and creatively. Have four girls and a son and we are reprinting all their rooms. Love the soft coral-pink you used. What brand and color is it?

  9. Love it all! Am always inspired here, both spiritually and creatively. Have four girls and a son and we are repainting all their rooms. Love the soft coral-pink you used. What brand and color is it?

  10. There’s a great rug on Joss and Main today that would look great with your tween scheme. Look under Design Icon Paul Gaugin for the Dash and Albert “Winter” rug. Crazy name for such a colorful rug. Colorful with dark background. Great price, too.

  11. Hi, I was wondering where you bought the coral comforter? Also, I’m loving the wall color choice…what color is that? Very beautiful job!

  12. Oh, I just love what you’ve done! The gold table is perfect & I’m loving the black and white pillows on the bed – sort of geometric shaped. Where did you find those?
    Your entire house is amazing! I just love your style! Fun, livable , & beautiful!

  13. So darling! I’d like to paint my daughters desk gold? I saw several people ask, maybe I missed the reply…what kind/brand of spray paint did you use? Thank you so much for your generous tips!

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