Thursday, December 11, 2008

Thrift Thursday (The Friday AM edition): Solid Color Statuary

By now, I am sure most of you are aware of the bold iconagraphic cuckoo clocks and figurines that you see featured by clever artists on the uber swell blogs like Poppy Talk, Design Sponge and Design for Mankind ... but did you know that all this giftable hipness is available to you for just a trip to the thrift store and a stop by the spray paint cabinet?

This guy was truly hideous, all painted to look like Sleepy from that Disney dwarf/princess flick. 
Clearly, he is a Gnome not a Dwarf... And he looks much cuter in solid red.



I have two of these (bookends) that were a less than charming bold brass... So they required a primer coat, before the orange. I think they look much smarter like this.





This little fawn brooch featured possessed fawns with scary red eyes... But now in solid blue they are super cute.




I wonder how a little French shepherdess would look done in hot pink? 
(Those porcelain pieces paint up like a dream!)

Scour those thrift store shelves. Concentrate on stuff that could be ( but probably isn't) pre 60's. Overlook the hideous paint and look for the cooler side of kitsch. 

You have the technology. You can save them.

11 comments:

tara said...

ooooh fun. Now I have to go shopping.

sweetcheese said...

I have been loving this idea. Just another excuse to go thrifting! And yes, the gnome totally belongs in red.

Scarlet Tanager said...

Love the gnome. Great idea!

sulu-design said...

I consider your posts like this one public service announcements. Nice work.

Melissa H said...

thanks for this--you are awesome to share your creative brain with the rest of us. :)

Blaize said...

"You have the technology."

Steve Austin, a man barely alive. We can rebuild him. We can make him better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster.

Channeling my childhood TV.

Nancy at ManicForMosaics said...

I'm not so suuuuuuuuuuuuuuure .......those fawns eyes are still kinda scary! Thanks for the tip though!

zoe krylova said...

i have that same gnome (used to be my blog banner): http://www.flickr.com/photos/zopho/2183735771/

i left him in his original clothes, as i hadn't really connected it with the dwarf in snow white. but now i will have to consider a re-dressing!

deep_in_vogue said...

lovely little things!

Knitsonya said...

Love this very modern makeover.

housewifery said...

Oh what a wonderful idea. So simple and smart! I'm going thrifting today and instead of passing over the scarily painted items because of creepy eyes, I'll look at their shapes! These would also make great gifts!

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