Today I have something really fast and easy for you, a makeover of an owl I thrifted.
He might have had a partner once, but he was flying solo at a nearby garage sale. For .25 I could not resist him. I considered leaving him as is to celebrate his vintage-y cuteness. He really could have worked in the right space, but I couldn’t resist a spray paint makeover, because who doesn’t love a fast and simple DIY?
His white and gold books were almost too cute to paint. Almost.
Refreshing dated pieces saves money, keeps things out of landfills, adds character, and is thrifty. There is a part of me that wants to go all kitschy vintage, and I love looking at pictures of that style, but I’m not ready to commit. I can see this little guy against colorful cookbooks in an eclectic vintage-y kitchen.
But, I don’t have that artsy kitchen. I looked at my white Ikea shelves and decided I need more white pieces to carry the theme. I had a thrifted owl in hand, white paint in my craft closet, and a pizza box in the trash, so I was set to go!
This is as simple as it gets! After he got washed and dried, I retrieved the pizza box from the trash and spray painted. No priming. No tape. Just cheap, white, spray paint. The dollar stuff at Walmart cheap kind of paint. Cheeeaaaap! Total time including pizza box retrieval – 15 minutes, tops!
He looks up-to-date and fresh! I could’ve bought him in the home decor section of any store.
Yes, the eyes may look a bit crazy up close, but in the regular lighting of our living room, it doesn’t stand out like this at all.
He’s just so darn cute!
*Nerd Alert!* – If you’re a Harry Potter fan like my whole family, a white owl is a subtle way to add some magic to your decor. It’s likely to be the simplest transfiguration ever. Who can resist the charms of snowy white owls? You may even become a seeker of enchanting objects that enervate your space from a common room to a great hall! … OK, I’ll stop now.
Back to our previously scheduled muggle programming –
He fits right in with my assortment of thrifted, vintage, and beachy, and homemade decor.
White gives decor pieces a modern, fresh feel and unifies the odds and ends.
And here is a larger slice of the Ikea shelves where the owl sits. It makes me want to spray paint all the kitsch.
One last time … The before and after of my thrifted owl makeover. I’m very happy with the return on so little time and money. Boy, I wish the stock market were like this. I’d be a bazillionaire!
What do you have that is begging for a quick coat of paint?