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Revamping Thrift Store Figurines

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A bit of paint can turn your thrift store find into a whole new decorative piece to enhance your decor. This is a guide about revamping thrift store figurines.


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January 13, 2015

Do you ever see a figurine at Goodwill or a yard sale and think, "It would be cute if it were a different color."? Well you are in luck. Next time buy that ugly figurine, a can of primer and of spray paint, and turn it into something awesome!


  • ugly figurines
  • spray primer
  • spray paint
  • garbage bag (to protect painting area)


  1. Gently wash the figurine with a mild soap and water. Use a soft brush if necessary to remove any dust or debris. Allow to dry thoroughly.
  2. Apply thin layers of primer to the figurine, according to the package directions. Allow to dry completely.
  3. Apply thin layers of spray paint to the figurine, following package directions. Once you have good coverage, allow it to dry. Enjoy your new decoration!
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June 11, 2008

You will need three different colors (tubes) of "Gallery Glass", a product by PLAID. On a sheet of picture glass or a piece of freezer paper shiny side up, form nickle size drops of color one. Make about a hundred dots. Now, make a second smaller dot in the center of the first dots. Go back to the first dot and using a toothpick in the center of the dot draw out the top paint into a star shape, five or six points. when all hundred dots have 'stars' on them go back a third time and place a tiny dot of your third color in the center. Let all of your millefiore dry overnight or at least twelve hours.

Pry up the dried dots (they are flexible) with a single edge razor blade or with long fingernails. Apply dry dots in overlapping rows on any smooth surface. I suggest unfired ceramics (greenware), clear glass vase, terracotta flower pot. Your choice. If using an animal form you can define facial features with dabs of your color choice. Let all revisions dry overnight before using. Do not expose to heat or wet conditions (Not suitable for a coffee mug). Gallery glass dries hard but still flexible and has a glossy finish not needing any glaze.

By Granny Gnome from Seaside, OR

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June 19, 20080 found this helpful

Oh, that was gorgeous I think I will try it, pretty photo!

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August 26, 20152 found this helpful

You can give outdated nicknacks a new life with a simple coat of paint. Check out this video to see how we revived a couple ceramic owls.

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April 25, 20160 found this helpful

I would be very careful when choosing what to "revamp". I saw on this or another site, the before and after pictures and what had been painted over was a very valuable piece of porcelain that had been made to look very cheap.

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