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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Transforming an Ugly Bunny

I found a cute bunny at GW for $1.99, however, it was all black and I sure didn't want black, but it was a great piece to try and recreate into something fun.

 Of course I forgot to take a picture before I started, however, you can imagine all black.  I sanded the piece lightly in some areas and heavy in others.   Then I sprayed the whole thing white.

Next, out came my old standby of Min-Wax Walnut stain and I lighted coated then wiped off the entire piece.

In the places where I lightly sanded, I was able to rub the paint and stain off, leaving some of the black showing for a shabby look.  I was able to wipe quite a bit off in various places all over the bunny.

I love some of the black showing through in various areas.  Gives him more character.

I am so thrilled that his nose and whiskers show up black and the tips of his ears.

A fun project and I have a very unusual bunny.

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  1. Very cute, Marty! I don't think I've seen any bunnies yet in either of the thrift stores I go to. I would snap them right up if I did, I'm such a bunny nut!

  2. I have a bunny just waiting for this specialness. I'm starting to love this spray paint stuff. Then you just add your magic so it looks like you paid a fortune for it. Awesome talent.


  3. Awww...he's so cute - love your idea of 'aging' him - it turned out great!

  4. WOW! You did a great job Marty. :-) He looks like he was supposed to look this way. Just too darn cute. LOVE it.


  5. Marty,
    You know how I adore bunnies...and this one is just darling! If he ever gets lonesome, he's welcome to visit the batches of bunnies On Crooked Creek!!! HA! You have a knack for bringing out the best in the cast~off of others. Thanks for sharing!

  6. What you have is called TALENT. And it's very kind of you to share the "how to" with us. I would never have thought of sanding it after to let some of the black show through.

  7. Your bunny is adorable, Marty. You did a fantastic job with the stain!


  8. Your bunny looks much better with his new coat. He might just hop on over to my house.

  9. Great job on the bunny. Thanks for sharing the technique. I'll have to try that soon. I'm going to add this to my Pinterest site so that I don't forget about it.

  10. He's adorable & you did such a nice job on him! I never think to paint items like that.

  11. Great job, Marty! He's so cute and has so much character!...hugs...Debbie

  12. he is so cute, and might I say, I think he looks happy with his new look!

  13. You did an amazing job. What a cutie!

    - The Tablescaper

  14. You did a fantastic job, he looks so cute!

  15. I love how that turned out! The hints of black give it a real time worn look! Just perfect!

  16. Glad to see some bunny lovers out there. I am not one to put them all up when Easter is over. I still have out a couple of white ones from the thrift store. Marti you did a great makeover for your little fellow. I really love him.

  17. Marty, you are an artist! He turned out so cute. laurie

  18. He is just adorable, I need to get some of that stain.

  19. Marty- Oh I do love those bunnies! He really looks professionally finished ... well, I guess he is ... Marty you are a smarty!!
    Blessings, L

  20. Wonderful job on the bunny!

  21. Marty, you are really getting quite good at transforming these critters. That looks great with the black showing through.

  22. Love the transformation...I have acquired a 50 lb. concrete rooster I need to do the same thing to...anyone have any suggestions...

  23. Hi Marty, great job on the bunny, you can work wonders with paint and stain!

  24. You gave a plain white bunny lots of character. Good job!

  25. Very cute Marty. hope you are having a good day


  26. I have been viewing your blog for quite a while now, and just figured out that I can actually leave you a message. I enjoy your blog so very much, and love that you share with us how you achieve your different finishes, etc. Thanks for allowing me to stroll along with you from time to time. :)

  27. So, so cute, Marty !! I, too, love how you sanded through so that the black shows through !! And, what a great spot for him, too. xo

  28. Great job Marty! Your bunny is adorable! I think I need to get me some of that min wax stain *winks* I might just get brave with one of my Goodwill finds. Vanna

  29. Hi Marty! Your little bunny is now adorable! I like the black showing through too. Hope you had a great weekend and thanks for joining my party.

  30. I love bunnies - aka rabbits! This one is definitely a keeper. I have a bunch of white ones I only put out in the spring - I love that this guy equally fits in during Fall. You have made me think about digging out the Easter box and digging them out. I would tie a little tartan ribbon around his neck for Christmas. He's Adorable!