Ceramic Owl Makeover

Ok, so who out there has a white ceramic owl perching on their bookshelf?  I love how chic and modern these little owls look, but until now I  hadn’t found the right one… for the right price. Until one day a few weeks ago I stumbled upon this cute little owl at Ross. It was $1o.99 and I knew I had to have it. I put this little guy in my shopping cart and drove home happy.

DIY White Ceramic Owl

But the thing is, this isn’t what the owl looked like when I purchased it. What sat in my cart was definitely not very modern or chic. It actually looked like this…

DIY White Ceramic Owl

I achieved this makeover by I giving my little owl one coat of spray primer and two coats of white glossy Rustoleum spray paint. Bam. Modern chic in just one afternoon. (Now can my whole house please be transformed that quickly?)

But it gets better. I didn’t want my little owl to be lonely, so I bought him a friend.

I think they make quite the pair, no?

DIY White Ceramic Owl

Since completing this project, I have seen similar white owls at HomeGoods and West Elm, and the prices are actually pretty close to what I paid for my DIY version.

DIY White Ceramic Bird

And don’t you think my little bird just completes the set? So glad I found him.

DIY White Ceramic Owl

So moral of the story is, never under-estimate the power of spray paint or the potential of an item on clearance!

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Taryn is the owner/editor of Design, Dining and Diapers, a lifestyle blog that focuses on DIY home decor, design, seasonal crafts, easy recipes and just being a mom! She is all about making things for less by upcycling thrift store finds and using what’s on hand. Taryn lives in the greater Seattle area with her husband, 3 year old daughter and 1 year old son.

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  1. says

    Wow, what great makeovers! There’s this black owl at the Target Dollar Spot and I wanted white. Now you’ve got me rethinking going and getting it and giving it a makeover! Thanks!

  2. says

    Great inspiration Taryn, I am going to stock up on white spray paint and start scoring the op shops! Owls and birds have really swept the home decor here down in Australia too, which I think is lovely ;)

  3. says

    Oooh! My youngest is always drawn to tacky ceramic forest animals at the thrift store. If I can convince her to let me paint them, maybe I’ll finally say yes to picking some up.

  4. LeAnne says

    Absolutely LOVE it! I tried to spray paint an old candle holder, and unfortunately ended up with drips and globs. How did you spray paint something so intricate and make it look so wonderful??? Any tips at all would be appreciated!!!


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