Here's the third installment in my furniture-rescue series (click through to see the Gang-tagged dresser and the Blue Mirror).
My neighbor was throwing out this metal plant stand and I grabbed it - I love the lines. Like other recently rescued items, this is a clearly a "cheaply" made thing. Unlike other things, it was also a very quick, fun makeover... something I urgently needed after the work it took to fix that mirror!
I painted the gold sides by hand, with a small brush. Not sure what else I could have done really. I don't usually decorate with metallics, but the gold seemed right. And, full disclosure, I ended up taking ages to get the sides painted because gold paint is a bit magical - the part of me that will never grow up likes bright colors and shiny things.
PS: If you're wondering about the book with the plant apparently growing out of it, check out my Book Vase / Planter tutorial.