Sarahrae posted this great idea awhile back on Apartment Therapy: paint over cheesy knick knacks to create hip and modern pops of color in your decor. A monochromatic color scheme makes even the junkiest ceramic figurine look like it came from your favorite hipster shopping outlet. I love these ceramic busts of composers painted orange-red. And when you get sick of the color, repaint!
I saw an Abe Lincoln bust at the thrift store just last week. But you don’t have to limit yourself to busts of famous dudes, you can check out the ceramic aisle of your local dollar store (and they usually have an ENTIRE aisle devoted to that stuff). Just imagine those ceramic birdies painted over in a pretty cream color like Scatter Sunshine did:
- Ceramic figurine, $1
- Spray paint, $1.88 and up
Total cost: $2.88 (use the spray paint on multiple figurines to bring the cost down)
I love this look. I think it is a brilliant idea. All those kitschy-in-a-yucky-way thrift store things suddenly look hip and stylish. Bitter Betty also did a great post about this.
I like it! (And, being a classically trained musician, am totally amused at the first picture. XD )
Frog Riding Bike
This is so chic! Next time I see a cheap and ugly ceramic figurine I’m taking it home with me :)
I feel incredibly stupid that I never thought of this! Oooh, this’d look really cool with that speckled-y spraypaint, too. And, I’m guessing acrylics will work in a pinch – spraypaint’s illegal in Chicago, I’d have to go to the burbs to get it. :0)