DIY: Gold Accent Mugs

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
December 11, 2016

DIY: Gold Accented MugsIf you’ve been following along with our DIY projects, you’re probably familiar with our love for spray paint. Why do we love it so? It’s versatile—it comes in a variety of colors, textures, and types that work on nearly every surface type. You can refinish furniture, dress up photo frames—or turn ordinary white coffee mugs into a festive addition to your holiday party, or gift for a friend!

We found three mis-matched—but all white—coffee mugs at our Flagship store on Dearborn, grabbed a can of gold all-surfaces Krylon spray paint, a roll of Frogtape, and a food-safe spray-on sealant to make three different gold-accented mugs.

White MugsStep One: Clean
Always start a project that involves spray paint by thoroughly cleaning and drying the surface you’re about to paint. (We recommend cleaning everything you purchase in our stores before use!)

Use Frogtape to create a patternStep Two: Tape
Next, use the frog tape to cover the areas of the mug you want to stay white. You can see in the photo that we have two mugs with a white rim, and one with a gold one—after completing this project, we realized the ones that had the white rim looked a little better.

Step Three: Paint
Once you have your pattern taped down, in a well-ventilated area and with a ground covering, coat the whole mug in a thin layer of paint. Let it dry, then repeat. You might need to do this 3-4 times.

Spray paint the mugs goldStep Four: Seal
Once the paint is completely dry to the touch, add a layer or two of sealant. This will allow you to wash the mug, and make it safer to drink from—and less likely to rub off on hands, clothes, or furniture.

Step Five: Peel
Gently peel the Frogtape off of the mug. It should leave crisp lines, with no leakage under the tape.

Step Six: Seal Again
Now that you’ve exposed the edges of your paint job, spray on an extra layer of sealant.

Let the mugs dry (and air out) for a day or two before washing and using.

Stay tuned for a blog with some festive beverage recipes that will fill your gold-accented mugs! 


Kim fancies herself a professional communicator. She has experience in writing, graphic design, and social media, and is always looking to expand her knowledge base into other fields of communication. She loves people, coffee & Seattle (including the rain).

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