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Thrift Store Ceramic Bird Makeover

Thrift Store Ceramic Bird Makeover @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

When things go out of style, it’s amazing how a few layers of paint can bring it back to life. I only wish my cats hadn’t knocked the second one off my craft table and broke it before I had a chance to paint it! I could have had a matching pair of these crisp, clean doves for my living room.

Thrift Store Ceramic Bird Makeover @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

I’ve recently decided to switch my decor to a more coastal look and feel, so brightening this piece up made complete sense.

Thrift Store Ceramic Bird Makeover @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

I found this bird, or rather a pair of birds, at a local thrift store. As I mentioned above, my cat knocked one of them off the table and broke it before I had a chance to do anything with them. There was no fixing it either, far too many pieces to try and put it back together.

Thrift Store Ceramic Bird Makeover @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

Now the funny thing is that I tried to make this over once before, but my first attempt did not turn out the way that I had planned. So I had put the bird away in my stash cabinet and pulled it out a couple days ago to try again.

Thrift Store Ceramic Bird Makeover @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

I’ve been pretty impressed with this multi-surface paint I’ve been using lately. It’s self leveling, so if your application wasn’t completely smooth, it levels itself out and looks nice.

Thrift Store Ceramic Bird Makeover @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

I used a sponge applicator to apply a thin coat of Americana Multi Surface Satin in White Birch over the entire bird. I repeated that process three times and let it dry. One final coat with a brush and I think she looks lovely!

Thrift Store Ceramic Bird Makeover @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

Doesn’t seem to matter where I put it, it looks good with the items around it.

Thrift Store Ceramic Bird Makeover @amandaformaro Crafts by Amanda

So don’t overlook those ugly ceramic 70′s owls or elephants next time you are thrift shopping. A little paint can do wonders!

I am a DecoArt Core Blogger. I was compensated for this post, but have always loved DecoArt products! Therefore, all opinions expressed here are 100% my own.

Me

14 Responses to Thrift Store Ceramic Bird Makeover

  1. 1
    Cathye says:

    I have an avocado green bird and you’ve just given me a way to love it again. Thank you so much for your creativity.

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    Judi Roland says:

    I love this, Amanda.
    Now I have something
    Else to add to my thrift
    store/garage sale list!

    • 2.1

      Thank you Judi! Just make sure anything you buy isn’t antique or worth something first. There’s definitely plenty of the 70′s style knick knacks at the thrift store! ;-)

  3. 3
    Mary Jo says:

    Great Idea Amanda, looks good, don’t even look like the same piece, just another fabulous idea from my favorite crafter!

  4. 4
    Suzanne B says:

    Love the transformation! Will see things with new eyes next time I’m thrifting! I also love those picture frames pictured with the bird in one shot. Did you make those as well? If so, do you have a previous tutorial on them? Very nice!

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