Tutorial: Thrift Store Knick Knack Makeover

I have a thing for tacky knick knacks. I especially have a thing for tacky owl knick knacks. Sometimes I want to make them not so tacky with this little "trick". Start off with your favorite piece of thrift store kitsch.

Give it a few coats of paint in whatever color you'd like. I used your typical cheapo acrylic paint. Let the paint dry thoroughly.

I wanted to add some "sheen" to the owl, so I mixed white (and later on, silver) glitter with Mod Podge.

Glamour shot of the glitter mixed with Mod Podge. Let your creation dry thoroughly.

Place your kitsch-tastic knick knack on display. Don't forget to surround it with other odd items (ex. crystal skull bottle)

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  1. I love that :) I'll have to go hunt down some ugly little owls, and give them some new life!

  2. Bre! I love this. I will be keeping my eye out for knick knacks on my next trip. Thanks for the idea!

  3. You did a great job Bre! Very creative. If you wish you could add this to the Creative Monday Blog Hop that I host. It is live from Sunday evening. I am big bird enthusiast and have a number of owls in my collection. Have a wonderful week.

  4. Love this. I have had a thing for owls for a while now. I found two super cute owls at the thrift store and liked them so much more after I painted them white.

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  5. I'll have to keep that hop in mind for next Sunday, thanks Judy!

  6. Such a great idea. I've been known to spray paint thrift store finds, but didn't think of using glitter. That's a gorgeous idea.

  7. I'm definitely going to be doing it to more pieces, super easy and super pretty :)

  8. sweet makeover on your thrift store owl. :) I love what paint can do!


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