The Golden Gumball Machine

So there’s this gumball machine that my mom let me have some while back. Very classic, red gumball machine that I absolutely loved. I’ve used it around the house and even at a few birthday parties. But I wanted to give it a fun makeover.

In my mind I wanted it in my office, gold and glamorized with a touch of glitter. So when I came across Rust-Oleum Gold Glitter Spray I did a little happy dance knowing it was going to be perfect.

Rust-Oleum Glitter Spray Paint

I removed all the parts (glass, inside gadgets, etc) and gave my machine a bath of primer and let that dry. Then just to be safe I sprayed it down with a solid color gold in a satin finish for extra coverage.  I wasn’t sure if the gold from the glitter spray paint would be enough but I think it might have been just fine:0) After that I went to town on the glitter.

Gold Gumball Makeover Before and After

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A Place for Us Gold Gumball Machine

Golden Gumball Machine

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How do you like it? Fun huh! Like a said a week or so ago…I’m really loving GOLD and my office is on it’s way to becoming something special

Here’s some information that you might find useful:

Rust-Oluem is not a food safe product and since I have real gumballs in my machine that I plan on eating all the time:0)  I made sure to seal the inside of the machine so no spray touched it. If your still worried about it, I suggest using a WONDERFUL paint by Martha Stewart that is food and dishwasher safe…and it comes in gold:0)

I really loved this product!  I know Krylon has something similar but I’ve never tried it. But what I like about this one is that when you touch it after it dries your not having a glitter fest all over your clothes and hands and face and hair:0) It pretty much stays in place. I also think the sheen is BEAUTIFUL and you really can’t capture it in a photo:0) It’s not overly glittery either, kinda grown up glitter ya know.

Looking for more of my office? Check out these curtains I got! I have a major crush on them:0)


  1. I’ve been looking for a gumball machine for awhile now–they’re hard to find!

    I love what you did to yours. So glamorous, gold and sparkly! (Of course, I’m having a love affair with gold at the moment.) Your whole office is just perfect, Destiny.
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  2. um, you had me at glitter! so fun & cute!
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  3. OH my GOODNESS! This is just about the cutest thing ever. I lurve it! Are your gumballs kinda pearly colored??
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  4. So chic & glam! Love it!
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  5. I have one of these machines kicking around! Love it. Thanks for the idea!

  6. Looks wonderful especially teamed up with the peach color flowers, etc. The dots on the wall are fun.
    Debbie – Deliciously Inspired
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  7. And it goes so well with your curtains!
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  8. Painting the gumball machine gold glitter (from the standard red) is so funny to me. HOWEVER, it is soooo pretty! Kind of like the really pretty pink typewriter Stef redid at Girl.Inspired–super cute.
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    • Destiny Destiny says:

      Thanks Kristin! I know it’s so weird to update something so classic:0) Glad you approve:0)

  9. It looks gorgeous!

  10. Pretty, pretty! Love it on that pastel dresser!

  11. LOVE this! Oh those colors… GOLD is so hot! I love color and yet you just enhanced this gum ball machine by taking away color and glamorizing it. {by the way, those pearl gumballs are hot too!}

  12. I LOVE this! I had the same one growing up and I’ve never thought to repaint it…especially in gold glitter. This will be perfect in my daughter’s room.

    • Destiny Destiny says:

      I think they are just a classic piece of American history:0) Every house should have a couple, with real gumballs in them:0)

  13. I kept mine from our childhood home. I never thought to paint it since I love the red. The gold is VERY cool though.
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  14. Love it! My daughter has a red one but loving the gold, may have to think of spray painting it.

  15. This gum ball machine is absolutely gorgeous! What a great idea! I may have to break out the gum balls myself!
    Happy Mother’s Day!
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  16. Super cute!

  17. OH MY GOODNESS@ This is soooo cute! this would be perfect for a party too! I want to go find one to make for myself! :) Thank you for sharing.. I am now going to pour over your blog!

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  18. Oh my goodness! This room is looking fabulous! I absolutely adore your style! Just gorgeous!

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  19. I love anything gold and this is adorable! I had no idea that spraypaint existed, may have to check it out. I painted a large gumball machine white but now you are making me want to go gold!

  20. I absolutely LOVE this! I hope you don’t mind me sharing this on my Facebook page with a link:)
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  21. I just love this, what a fab end result, very envious of your adorable office!! :)
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  22. I love this project!!! Darling! Where did you get those fabulous drawer pulls on your french dresser? To die for!

  23. I love the gumball machine!! Also, wondering if the polka dots on the wall are from Land of Nod? Looking to do a wall of polka dots in our nursery and trying to decide if I should paint them or use the stickers! Thanks!!

  24. I found this on pinterest an absolutely love the color of the dresser would u happen to know the color you painted it I have an old dresser that could use a beautiful makeover. ….thanks!!

  25. absolutely love your gold dotted wall! linking up to you on my blog tomorrow!
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  26. Bridgette Treadwell says:

    What color is your dresser. This all looks perfect tighter !!!

  27. What is the paint color on the dresser? I love it!

  28. I love the gold too! But I really love the pink dresser…would love to know what colour that is if that is also one of you diy projects… so gorgeous and I hope to have that colour along with mint and navy inmy baby room. Thanks for your blog!

  29. Love this! Will be doing it for sure. BTW where did you get those awesome gold drawer pulls! I want!!!

  30. Love this! May I ask what brand of gold satin finish spray paint you used? I have an old gumball machine I want to do this to – I just want to make sure it turns out the perfect shade of gold under the glitter as yours did! Thank you!

  31. Hi! I love the room. It looks great! I’d love to have such an uplifting office one day! I can just imagine the inspiration I’d feel every time I’d walk in. I was wondering where you got the gold dots for the wall. Im decorating a nursery at the moment and I think it would look fantastic!
    Thank you!

  32. Please can you tell me where the draws are from.. Loooovvvvveee them!

  33. How fun!! I had sprayed my gum ball gold, too, but I LOVE yours so much more with the glitter. I love it! The glitter really takes it up a notch and adds a touch of whimsy. Your dresser is gorgeous. You did a beautiful job on it. I’m new to your blog and came here today after seeing you on Michaela’s blog. So glad I did!


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