Saturday, November 5, 2011

It's a white elephant party

If you shop thrift stores or yard sales, you've come across many an ugly ceramic animal.  A while back I saw that a blogger had bought one of those ugly beasts, then gave it a new finish with spray paint, and it looked all fresh and modern.

I happened upon this creature at my local Goodwill.  

Actually, it was a lot uglier in person, glazed with a 1970s palette of creamy brown with brown highlights.  Yuck.  I had just made my first spray of primer when I realized I hadn't taken a "before" photo, so I snapped a quick pic before getting back to work.

A coat of spray primer and a couple coats of gloss white spray paint later, it's all cute and modern.

The next time you come across a ceramic animal with a bad paint job, give it a second look and imagine what it might look like with some fresh paint.  Not every animal is worth saving, of course, but you never know until you try!


P.S.  I also saw on a different blog that someone bought up a bunch of ugly ceramic cats from a thrift store and painted them black for her Halloween decorations.  What a great idea!  I wish I could find the blog again to show you the pictures, but I searched and it didn't come up.  If you know which one it is, let me know!  I think I might have seen the post on a link party.


  1. Hey Hollie.. is this the link?

  2. Great job! I would have done the same thing if I saw this at a thrift store or garage sale :) Owls and Elephants seem to be the "it" creatures this year. Thanks for sharing your ceramic animal rescue!

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