Stenciling with Metallic Paint for a Touch of Glam

Stenciling with Metallic Paint for a Touch of Glam

Stenciling with metallic paint is something I’ve wanted to try for a while now, and I finally had the chance recently. I wanted to share my most recent thrift store makeover with you (that I stenciled with metallics), but first, there’s a bit of a backstory that I first want to share.

By now you know that I am a sucker for certain types of thrift stores- namely ones that benefit animal welfare organization and ones that benefit domestic violence-related groups. But when I discovered Treasures 4 Teachers and their T4T thrift shop, I added “thrifts that benefit teachers” to my list of favorites.

I mean…all proceeds from the thrift shop provide access to free and low-cost supplies for local teachers- isn’t that the most heartwarming concept? Plus, as the daughter of two teachers, this kind of benefit group is particularly meaningful.

I don’t live anywhere near Tempe, Arizona (which is where the they’re located) and can’t just run by their shop for a quick thrift-spree. So, T4T did the next best thing: they filled a huge box of treasures from their shop and sent them to me for repurposing.

Thrift store items from Treasures 4 Teachers and T4T thrift shop to be repurposed and upcycled by Sadie Seasongoods /

Thank you, Treasures 4 Teachers!

So, I decided to try out a crafting technique on one of their items- this spinning remote caddy (or perhaps it’s a desk caddy?). Either way, it’s the ideal piece for a simple makeover that packs a punch as I try my hand at stenciling with metallic paint. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Upcycling a remote caddy from Treasures 4 Teachers T4T thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods /

Mr. Remote Caddy, you look primed for a makeover…

Because I considered it a “remote caddy”, I wanted to give it a makeover worthy of a den or TV room. And if we HAD a cozy den in our house, it would not doubt have a masculine feel with darker, richer colors. Don’t ask me why I feel that way- I just DO!

Therefore, I selected a rich slate blue to paint the entire thing in– a blue that reminded me of an autumn sky at dusk.

Using Catalina Coast Behr to upcycle and paint a remote caddy from T4T thrift shop by Sadie Seasongoods /

A good base color from Behr…

Stenciling with Metallic Paint

When that paint had dried, I gathered my stenciling materials, including a leaf stencil (I’m REALLY in the Fall mood, eh?), my favorite brushes, and several metallic paints for layering: A gold, a copper, a bronze, and (not pictured), a metallic brown.

Stenciling with metallic paint on an upcycled remote caddy from T4T thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods /

Stenciling with metallics: Let’s do this!

After taping my stencil in place, I began to stipple on metallic paint like this:

  1. Starting with gold (faint layer with nearly-dry brush);
  2. Moving to the darker bronze / brown (another light layer that doesn’t totally cover up the gold); and
  3. Finishing with a whisper of copper (not a complete layer- just stippled here and there.
Trying to stencil with metallic paint for an iridescent touch of glam on upcycled thrift store pieces by Sadie Seasongoods /

Hoping for the best…

Learning how to stencil with metallic paint for an iridescent touch of glam on repurposed thrift store pieces by Sadie Seasongoods /

Pretty!! (Prettier in person than my camera can show you)

I’m not talented enough with my camera to truly capture how gorgeous the leaves turned out. But in person, they are beautifully nuanced, changing colors as you change the angle that you’re looking at it. Just…trust me, it’s fantastic.

Learning how to stencil with metallic paint for an iridescent touch of glam on repurposed thrift store pieces by Sadie Seasongoods /

Shimmery and lovely

On the other side, I did the same thing, but elected to go with a different shaped leaf instead.

Upcycling a plain thrift store remote caddy by stenciling with metallic paint for a touch of glam makeover by Sadie Seasongoods /

Different design, same gorgeous results!

Now- in retrospect, I should have done the other side using the opposite order of paints. In other words, starting with the dark brown and ending with a touch of gold. If I try that on another project or just for fun, I’ll update this post with a photo of the results and my opinion on which method is prettier!

Moral of the story? I might be addicted to stenciling with metallic paint! I loved layering on the coordinating colors- and obviously that works really well with a “Fall Leaves” theme. But I think it could add “movement” to your pieces- using blues/greens with stenciled fish, etc.

Stenciling with metallic paint to add a touch of glam to upcycled and repurposed items from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods /

Love it!

Think you’ll try stenciling with metallic paint? Just remember to have a light hand with each layer so that you build up opaque coverage with multiple, shimmery layers.

AND if you’re located anywhere near Tempe, Arizona, I hope you’ll check out the T4T Thrift Shop- their photos & videos on Instagram and Facebook will show you just how amazing their store is! Tell them I said hello, too, please.

Don’t forget to check out my full collection of upcycled Fall project ideas here before you go…

Craft on!


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  1. Rita Corblies says

    I love the stenciling with the metallic paint….what will you do for Christmas ? i know your “wheels ” are spinning.

  2. Love the metallic stenciling. It looks beautiful. Keep on posting. Rita

  3. DIY Blogger| Imaginative Creative You

    Thats is such a great way to repurpose a caddy, The metallic paint really makes the caddy look beautiful. I actually repurposed a desk caddy from the thrift store a while ago. I painted the caddy white to match my desk and I added flower contact paper on it as well. I will definnetly have to try metallic paint on my next upcyling diy’s.

  4. Pamela J Hale says

    I love this project. I have a very similar caddy that i found at thrift store a few years ago. I also have leaf stencils and a lot of metallic paint. this is going to be a “next to do project”. Thank you for sharing and the inspiration.

  5. Looks amazing!

  6. Everyone here at T4T Thrift Shop and Treasures 4 Teachers is thrilled with your creative upcycle idea of using the metallic paint to give new life to an old desk caddy! Thank you!

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