If you’ve ever stepped foot into a thrift store or gone to a yard sale, you’ve seen tacky brass or ceramic figures. Owls, rabbits, giraffes, bunnies, Santa Claus…
Have you ever looked past the ugliness of it, and just admired the shape or form? You may have thought “Man, too bad it’s so funky because it could be cool”.
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That’s exactly what I thought with two owls I salvaged not long ago. I’ve been admiring this set from West Elm, and although they’re somewhat affordable, the DIY-er in me didn’t want to spend the money (I know, I know). Also, although I like the white, I’m just a bit more of a colorful girl.
Anyway, back to my two ugly salvage owls. It’s actually a very easy process to makeover those old ceramic and brass pieces.
First: Use a primer that is made for metals, ceramic, and glass. I prefer Gripper by Glidden. Clean the piece well following the manufactures recommendations. Then give each piece a good coat. Let it dry completely, and give it a second coat.
Second: I let the primer cure overnight. Then, give the piece a few coats of your favorite color paint. If I’d have wanted them to look just like the West Elm owls, I’d have left them white, but again, I prefer color. I chose a teal and a raspberry, and just used regular craft paint.
Third: Again, I let the paint cure overnight. Then, I took them outside and sprayed a coat of clear sealer over them for additional protection and extra shine. My favorite product for this is Krylon Acrylic Crystal Clear.
Last: After letting them dry, which doesn’t take long, simply enjoy!