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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Turn Tacky Into Gold

I love to decorate with little figurines and especially dog figurines, but finding some really great ones is not always easy.  I found these three at GW (goodwill) for 99c each, but they really are a little tacky.



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 I want something with a little bling and sparkle.  So how about some gold spray paint.

Ok, these don't look really cute yet, they are a little too goldy, but after they are aged a little bit with some stain, they might be better.  These two are the ones that need to be toned down a bit.  I am using Min-Wax walnut stain, just flow a little on and then pat some of it off.


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 Big difference, see not nearly as shiny and some of the detail and character shows up better on the ears and body.  Now to do the big dog.



 He looks better too.  I am going to do a little highlighting with rub'in buff when this is dry.  I want to enhance a little bling in a few spots.


 All done, now doesn't he look better, definitely not like 99c anymore.

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A nice accessory to add to the tray on the coffee table.
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Isn't he precious now.  He looks like real brass and definitely more expensive.


 Great on the bookcase to add a little more bling.


 See how he adds some extra shine.  Love it.



Look how fabulous this big guy turned out.  He makes quite the statement.






He helps spark up this corner of the shelf in the bookcase.



Super fun and easy projects.  I didn't use any rub'n buff after all.  When the stain dried, they looked fabulous, so I just left them alone.  If you have a tacky accessory, why not spray it gold.

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60 comments:

  1. Oh, I always see some that make me think they'd be cute but....now I know what to do with them! Way better! Thanks for sharing your tips!

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  2. Now how smart! These are just ceramic, right? I love the idea! thank you for sharing.

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  3. I love this idea, they turned out great!

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  4. Love that bling Marty! You gave these a new lift...so pretty!
    xx
    Anne

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  5. What a great idea, Marty! They look fabulous now. I love how you toned down the gold with stain. The one laying down looks great on your coffee table vignette.

    Thanks for linking up to The Creative Home & Garden hop! : )

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  6. They turned out great Marty, love the touch of bling!

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  7. Marty, you are very clever. Your puppies look perfect for your bookshelf and tabletop vignettes. Great idea!

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  8. what a great idea. I have a dog statue that my dad bought me many years ago. Its somewhere in the storage area because he was old and paint chipped. I can revive him this way and find a spot for him again. Thanks for that great idea. Why didn't I think of that. Now to find him again
    Janice

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  9. I think this is a great idea, I do the same thing with the color ivory. Ivory is my go to decorating color, a little ivory paint and a new treasure can go anywhere!

    Michelle. thebashfulnest.blogspot.com

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  10. I love gold, always have. This is a great and easy way to change up the appearance of these dogs, I think they are adorable. Isn't it amazing what a little paint can do!
    Thank, Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

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  11. Perfection. I think I am going to go dig that dachshund out of the closet... :)

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  12. I need to remember this! I see lots of figurines that would look good blinged up some. Great idea Marty! They all look so cute on your bookcases.

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  13. These all came out great Marty...What a great idea!

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  14. These are all adorable now that they SHINE ! :) Especially love the large bulldog...and that spotty one I see in the background. You always make everything look so good.

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  15. I like that bulldog with the gold. It looks so different than when it started.

    Heidi’s Wanderings

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  16. That is brilliant! they look amazing.

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  17. Awesome Marty, I specially love the pug, because I had one 3 years ago. I haven't found any doggies for my collection lately and if I run into tacky ones, I know what to do! Enjoy your Sunday.
    FABBY

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  18. Wonderful idea! I'll have to remember to look for shape and character the next time I bargain hunt. So many times I've passed over an item because it wasn't the right color or poorly painted.

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  19. This is such a neat idea! i don't think I will overlook a tacky piece again. I never would have thought of the stain. Thanks, Marty!

    XO,
    Jane

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  20. Great transformation, Marty! They look expensive now...Christine

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  21. When you added the stain, it made such a huge difference.

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  22. What a great transformation for these little guys! They look amazing!!
    Mary Alice

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  23. I had my doubts at the beginning of your post, but so! I am a believer now! They turned out so lovely, and lock fabulous in your vignettes. Amazing job, Marty. Jane

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  24. That's one of my favorite types of projects Marty! Your dogs look like a million bucks! I recently scored a cute wooden basket at the thrift which I will spray my magic on to soon!

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  25. Oh my gosh! They really look like brass! I LOVE that little pug! How sweet. :)

    ~Liz

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  26. Happy Early Birthday, Marty! Loving your new birthday present:) I can foresee many awesome sewing projects in the near future:) Beautiful transformation of the cute doggies, love how they have the expensive look of bronze:)I love your gorgeous transformation projects... they always look fabulous:) Hope you are enjoying your weekend with your new present:) Hugs,Poppy

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  27. Marty,
    You've got the Midas Touch, dear friend!!!
    Tacky to timeless beauty, indeed!!!
    Great tips!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  28. I wouldn't have even SEEN those at GW, Marty- you have such an eye for seeing the "could be" in things, they look amazing.

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  29. Marty, what an eye you have. It would not have crossed my mind to spray paint them gold. They are beautiful!

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  30. I so have to remember this, I'm pinning to my Neat Ideas board.

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  31. Hi Marty - Great idea adding stain. They look so much better.
    Mary @ Orphans With MakeUp

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  32. So much fun, and what a great idea.

    XOXO,
    Meredith

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  33. Love this idea!! It makes you look at objects in a whole new light knowing you can change everything with a little paint!~~Ang

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  34. The transformation is amazing. I can just hear what Mr. S would have said if I had brought those dogs home from a thrift store trip LOL...anyway the true genius was your vision for your little dogs...well done!

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  35. Love your idea Marty! Great job!! Just perfection!!!
    Blessings and hugs,
    Vesna

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  36. Hi Marty, I'm loving your gold! You made it pretty!

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  37. Hi Marty,
    What a great idea, they all came out super, and you are right they do look like they are brass.
    Great vignettes on all your shelves there, and all the doggies were a great accessory.
    You are so right from Tacky to gold in more ways that one..........
    Blessings, Nellie

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  38. They look really great, Marty! What a neat idea. And a great tutorial, too.
    Blessings,
    Susie

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  39. It's amazing how the gold spray paint changed the dogs. Love the way the pug turned out, and they way you styled all of them. A little bling is a good thing. :)

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  40. Adorable! I'd love for you to link up to The DIY'ers! http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-diyers-and-my-new-rug.html

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  41. This is a great idea. The stain makes a huge difference.
    Traci

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  42. Marty, very cool! It looks very classy, not like a gold spray paint would have looked. Thanks for sharing.

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  43. Marty, these turned out so pretty! you know, I've been obsessed with gold lately and you just inspired me even more now! :-) you did a great job and made these little pups look amazing in gold :-)
    wish you a beautiful weekend!
    Ingrid

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  44. Wonderful idea! Gold is so hot right now!

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  45. These look so amazing and I love the way you have arranged them!

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  46. hi Marty, Your new doggies are so adorable! How much fun you had with them! Thanks so much for your hospitality, I don't know how you get so much done!
    Jenna

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  47. Oh my Marty these are awesome! What a great idea, I have to pin these pups:)

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  48. oh, wow--nice! I love how you took it the extra step(s) past just spray painting them gold--they really do look like they have a nice old brass finish :)

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  50. Wow! What a great tip. I love the aged gold patina especially against your bookcase... Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

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  51. They turned out great Marty! Great idea. Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  52. What a character that bulldog is! I have a thing for gw dogs too!
    Lauren

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  53. It's the little things, isn't it? They turned out beautiful. I especially like the little one sitting on the book...well..I like the bulldog too..oh heck! They are all great!!! Good job, Marty!! :)

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  54. I loooooove the way that thrifters are turning to gold paint to make things unique nowadays. It's such an awesome way to update the thrift store finds. Nice job!!

    xox
    Bailey
    http://akabailey.blogspot.com

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  55. I wonder if it would work with a silver finish? I'd like to give it a try. Thanks for the idea!

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