When I imagine "tacky", I visualize shiny. Shiny satin dresses. Shiny glitzy sweaters. Shiny bright brass. Shiny yellowy gold. Shiny wallpaper.
Now, you've read many times I like shiny stuff but it is a particular ilk of shiny. White metals make me the happiest but gold can be done if with discernment.
So when I spied with my crow eyes these 2 gold tone costume jewelry items, both seemed to be that wrong shade of gold. What to do? Pulled out the small jar of "gold leaf" paint and brushed a thin layer to the metal and wondered if it would stick. It did and the finish looks great.