DIY Chic Decor Accents with Wooden Craft Store Finds

I know I’m late, but I’m totally on the Emerald Green, color of the year, boat over here. It’s such a rich, bold color. I’ve been trying to figure out how to use it as an accent color in my living room.

I’ve also been loving on gold accents for the past year.

Put the two together, and you have a match made in heaven.

My home, has a lot of neutrals in it, with gold accents. I don’t know what it is, I’m drawn to the gold. Probably why my favorite color is sparkle & shiny, as my husband likes to tell me.

It just classes up the joint a bit more when used properly.

Enough about the gold, let’s get to the impromptu projects I did the other day.

I was out running some errands and couldn’t keep myself from stopping at Hobby Lobby and grabbing some of their plain wood crafts. I had been planning to stop for a few weeks already, and just never got around to it. I knew I wanted a plain box to decorate. Decorative boxes seem to be popular lately, and I just love them all to bits.

Like these ones you can get over at                 …or this awesome(cheap!) one from Target
Burke Decor (LOVE) …                                            (maybe painted a different color?!)
Screen Shot 2013-08-21 at 2.15.22 PM               14415257_130213203000 They are so graphic and beautiful. The solid colored ones with gold accents are what I was really interested in since I have quite a few patterns going on already.

I went for a more humble box. Hobby Lobby had a couple to pick from, so I grabbed one of the smaller ones to be my tester piece.

This is what I grabbed:
The bottom one is the one I got, it’s about 6×5″. I was looking for something more flat and book shaped, but this was only $1.99, so that was a no brainer.

Then I painted. I used a shimmery metallic emerald craft paint. It took about 3 coats before I was satisfied with the saturation. This unfinished wood is a sponge for paint.
I was so in the zone that I glued on my decorative touches without taking a progress picture. Hobby Lobby didn’t have the square gold jewels I was looking for… they actually didn’t have anything gold. So I kept it simple and monochromatic, and added a little sparkle with the flat emerald beads.

Once the jewels were glued on, I mod podged the whole thing with glossy mod podge to deepen the green and add a shine and protective coat.
Then I let her dry, and moved on to my next project.

An octogonal tray.
Love the shape.

I whipped out my Martha Stewart gold metallic paint from previous posts, painted the sides (inside and out) gold, and then I painted the bottom the same metallic green as the box.

Can you tell I like shimmery things?

It’s true.

I love the added dimension and depth it gives. And I like cheap, rich looking things. Shimmery can translate to rich before it becomes gaudy. There can be a fine line though.

Don’t step over it. I’m watching you.

I gave the gold and green two thick coats each, and then mod podged the green bottom to seal it.

I glued some mother of pearl beads, and big rhinestones to the handle sides, and called it good(not gaudy). And I love it!

These were way too fun to do. I’m going to go back and dig through more of the wood crafts, and see what I come up with.

As for the box, it’s living happily on my coffee table right now. Pulling together the gold lettering in the books and the brass antique votive with it’s cuteness. Oh yes, and my pillow cover on the right has gold sequins on it. $10 on clearance at West Elm.

I told you I love gold. It’s the perfect warm rich tone.

I also love West Elm. It’s like… they get me.


These were way too fun and easy to do.

Now I need to find myself some emerald pillows! Don’t tell my husband. He already thinks I’m enough of a pillow freak.