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How to Spray Paint Metal Furniture for a Quick and Cheap Update

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Looking for ways to add global chic style to your space using what you have? Try gold paint for metal furniture.

Welcome to week 3 of the New Year New Room Refresh hosted by Casa Watkins Living.  Ten of us are giving a room a refresh this month and sharing updates every Tuesday. We are inviting you to participate in this fun annual series by linking up at the bottom of this post.

There’s been slow progress due to waiting on products being shipped but I’m happy to share an easy furniture update in my daughter’s room.  But first, if you’ve missed the first two weeks, I shared inspiration for a global bohemian girl’s bedroom and how to prep for a room makeover.

A Global Chic Furniture Update with Gold Paint

The New Year New Room Refresh Updates

Okay.  Can we talk about the power of spray paint?  It’s been a while since I’ve given a piece of furniture or decor a quick update.  It’s so easy and you get instant gratification.  So much fun! 

Warning, if you have yet to dive into the world of spray paint, it’s addicting.  You’ll soon be transforming everything in your house.

A metal table is pray painted gold for a global chic look in a cute girl's bedroom that is a traditional tatami room with a rattan platform twin bed, shoji screens with sheer curtains and global eclectic decorating accessories.
Gold Paint for Metal Furniture

For my daughter’s global chic boho room makeover, I’m saving money by giving her older pieces a facelift. 

We bought a black metal with glass top IKEA table for her nursery before she was even born and it still gets lots of use.  To bring it up to date and give the room more eclectic appeal, I chose gold for this quicky DIY. 

A Japanese tatami room in a rental house is used for little girl with a mix of western and Japanese furniture.
My Daughter’s Room Before

You might be thinking about what kind of gold paint for metal furniture is best and let me tell you, most metallic spray paint has amazing coverage and durability.

Spray Painting Metal Furniture Tips

  • Dust off the piece with a damp cloth and let dry.
  • Use a drop cloth and paint in a well-ventilated area (like outside!).
  • Always read the directions on the spray can.
  • Spray long and even strokes with the spray can holding it about 8-12 inches away.  A couple of light coats are better than full coverage all at once to prevent drips.
  • Sand drips and touch up if necessary.
  • Let dry. Wait a few days for the paint to fully cure before placing anything on it if it’s a surface that gets used a lot.
Spray painting metal furniture tips are included in this DIY post showing a cute IKEA table that was spray painted gold and is in a boho eclectic girls room with pops of navy and purple.
Global Chic Furniture in Girl’s Bedroom
Ikea side table makeover with gold paint for metal furniture in a girl's bedroom.
Gold Painted Metal Table

I styled the side table with one of my snake plants for now.  I might replace it with a faux one in case it gets played with. 😉  We found this funny plastic hand at a Japanese thrift store that might get dolled up for the reveal.

The top of a gold painted metal table with glass table top styled with a hand, snake plant in a white pot, and a cute snail lamp.
Global Eclectic Decor

There are many handmade items in my daughter’s room like a DIY Japanese-inspired pencil holder with supplies from the dollar store I created for The Global Styler a while back. 

All three of the pillows in this story are handmade.   The floral pillow was made from a piece of vintage Japanese fabric by my best friend.

A DIY washi ribbon pencil holder with pom-poms is on a stack of books in a global chic bedroom with updated metal table
DIY Washi Pencil Holder

And a gorgeous mud-cloth pillow also from my friend (she spoils me!) is next to my DIY winter fur pillow for now.  I’m loving the pair with the Cozamia print.  

We are still waiting on some key elements for the space plus one more DIY before the reveal.  Hopefully, I can share that next week. 

A large modern white dream catcher is hanging over a twin bed with a pink fur pillow and a mud cloth pillow on a white quilt.  A large print with navy and purple is hanging on the wall.
Global Textiles

One more item checked off the list this week!  Scroll down to see everyone’s progress.  It’s so much fun to watch all the spaces transform.

Join me on Instagram for behind-the-scenes, DIYs, decorating tips, room tours, and home inspiration. I’ll see you over there!


  1. Rearrange the furniture placing the bed centered on the right wall.
  2. Repurpose the reading nook.  Possible doll house area?
  3. Paint the bedside table gold.
  4. Paint and recover storage cube ottoman.
  5. Address window treatments.  (Cover the ill-placed curtain rod?) Make sure new window coverings can move to a different house.Was able to reuse existing curtains. Wahoo! 
  6. New bedding cohesive with the colors and design of the space.
new year new room refresh
New Year New Room Refresh

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