Thrift Store Makeovers

by | Sep 28, 2009 | Antiques, Favorite Finds | 14 comments

Here are a couple of simple thrift store makeovers. I found these ceramic birds last week at a Goodwill and fell in love with them. They were pretty as is, but had this weird goldish kind of spray over them, so I decided to spray them a glossy white…

…and here they are 2 coats later. Very simple and low cost. Love it! The question is…should I add an antique glaze? Any thoughts?
Again, this resin jewelry box was fine, but some of the “gold” was chipping off and I’m not normally a gold kind of gal. So, I sprayed it in Krylon’s Oil Rubbed Bronze (one of my favorites!)And here it is. Very subtle change, but it looks fantastic.
I just finished the aqua vanity that was in my basement and I have several other furniture projects in the works. Lots more before & after pics to come!


  1. Cozy Little House

    Amazing what paint can do, huh? The possibilities are limitless! Love them both just the way they are!

  2. Amber

    I just found your blog, and I'm really enjoying everything. I love the birds. If it were me, I would glaze them. But I like things to look old and distressed. That's just my taste! I'm going to follow your blog. Love it!

  3. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions

    Not that I'm as talented as you, but sometimes when I do a project I live with it for awhile before adding to it ~ especially if I like it as is already. The birds look very fresh right now. I like them white, but I guess it depends where you are putting them and what else is going on in the room.

  4. Leah

    Wow-this is wild!
    I found the same birds @ a thrift shop this morning. I found 2 big & 1 little and they were already glossy. I LOVE, LOVE , LOVE them!

  5. Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas

    I love those birds! I have a thing for birds these days! I found some similar to those in a little shop and love them!!

    Thank you for visiting my blog! It led me to yours!!

    Lou Cinda 🙂

  6. Kim W

    I like Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions comment – live with it and see how you like it. I like them white 🙂

  7. Jane

    I normally like things distressed but these birds look like they should be glossy white….I vote for keeping them the way they are….they look beautiful.

  8. Summer Rae

    Beautiful transformations! I like the birds they way they are….

  9. Julia

    The birds are darling. I wonder if you'd want to do some drybrushing on the oil rubbed box? I love the patina of oil rubbed bronze. It would be so pretty with some more depth, maybe? I'm not a pro at this, so I defer to you. 🙂

  10. Mandy

    love paint!!!
    Great job – i think they look awesome as-is 🙂

  11. Madmairgread

    I like what you did with these and would love to know how you prepped them and what kind of paint you used. I have one very like these that I’d love to paint. Thanks, Madmairgread


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Marian Parsons - Miss Mustard Seed

I’m Marian, aka Miss Mustard Seed, a wife, mother, paint enthusiast, lover of all things home and an entrepreneur, author, artist, designer, freelance writer & photographer.  READ MORE to learn more about me, my blog and my business…


Subscribe today

and receive a FREE e-version of my planning sheets!

decorating, projects, and recipes for winter


Articles by Date


our sponsors

Bliss and Tell Branding Company