Thrift Store Ceramic Bunny Makeover ~ It is amazing how easy it is to change the look of an inexpensive ceramic ornament purchased at the thrift store with a few coats of spray paint!
Are you like me and like to stop by at a thrift store every so often to see what inexpensive treasures they have for sale. I spied some adorable ceramic bunnies that were also holders for party lights. I didn’t buy them right away because I wanted to think about whether or not they were really something I wanted to purchase. I thought I would go back to the thrift store a couple of days later and if they were still there I would buy them. Luck would have it they were still there in the same place. I had a little DIY project to do just in time for Easter!
I love bunnies especially at Easter time but I have to admit these ceramic bunnies didn’t look very ‘Eastery’. That was my hesitation in not buying them the first time I saw them. I actually thought they looked a bit dated and maybe that was why they were donated in the first place and were still sitting in the thrift store when I went back a couple of days later. When I took them to the counter to pay for them the cashier at the counter was so excited that somebody finally was buying the bunnies. She thought they were so adorable. I shared that I thought they were really adorable too and that I was going to spray paint them white to give them a makeover to get them ready for Easter. She didn’t say anything but I think the look on her face was an expression of silent disbelief. I think she was a bit shocked that I would actually cover them with paint. I knew they were a better quality ceramic product but they were not a Hummel or a Royal Doulton figurine. I really didn’t feel guilty giving these ceramic bunnies a new updated and vibrant look.
I have to admit I am really happy with this thrift store ceramic bunny makeover turned out and how easy it was to do!
Here is a sneak peek of my favourite one and how it turned out…
This is how it used to look…
…and this is what the other two bunnies looked like when I bought them.
Instructions For How To Make A Thrift Store Ceramic Bunny Makeover
Organize where you are going to do your spray painting. I set up a portable table in the garage and cover it with a large clear plastic garbage bag. I also opened the garage doors when I did my painting.
Wipe the ceramic bunny clean and cover any parts you do not want spray-painted. In this case each bunny had a soft fabric bottom. I traced the shape of each bottom onto cardstock paper. Then I taped the paper to the bottom of ceramic bunny.
I applied a coat of primer to each bunny because they were coated with a ceramic glaze. I wanted to make sure the spray paint easily adhered.
Apply one light coat of primer to each bunny. I walk around the table and apply a coat to each side and then to the top of each bunny. I really like to use the Kilz Primer (not sponsored) and have had a lot of success with this product. I write more detailed instructions for how to successfully apply spray paint in Inexpensive Easy To Make Chalkboard Sign.
Allow this first light coat of primer to dry. Then apply a second light coat of primer and allow it to dry thoroughly.
This is what my favourite bunny looks like after it was spray painted with a primer…
Using the same technique described for applying the primer apply two coats of white high gloss spray paint. In case you are wondering I used Rust-Oleum Painter’sÒ Touch Gloss White spray paint (not sponsored). Make sure to thoroughly dry between coats.
I tucked a bit of green Spanish moss where the indentation is for where the tealight used to go. I had some small glass Easter Eggs leftover from a previous project and placed them on top of the moss.
So that is it! I have to admit that allow these bunnies look adorable in their original state I much prefer they new look after the makeover. They look more updated, vibrant and are now perfect for Easter!
Here are some more beauty shots of my thrift store ceramic bunny makeover for inspiration….
….and here is a title photograph for pinning for future reference and for sharing.
I do want to let you know I was inspired to do this project from another highly talented blogger. I invite you to pop over to see what Lucy did with her Pottery Barn Inspired Ceramic Bunny on her blog Craftberry Bush.
This would be a fun adult supervised project to do with a child! I am also going to be on the lookout for more cute bunnies at the thrift store and the dollar store to add to my collection!
I mentioned that I love bunnies. Here is a bunny gift bag I bought years ago for each member of the family. This post tells you how their bunny bags are now an Easter tradition in our family…
My new updated bunnies are going to be an adorable addition to my Easter tablescape this year too…
Now it is your turn. Should I have done the thrift store ceramic bunny makeover? Which one is your favourite bunny?