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5 minute DIY: Spraypainted ceramics

Posted by Melissa Massello  August 23, 2013 10:30 AM

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dantecatbefore2.jpg Awhile ago, I spotted this life-size ceramic cat statue at my favorite Goodwill. Her flowing mane reminds me of my own longhaired cats, and despite her kitschy cartoon eyelashes, she came home with me. This week, I set out to transform her the best way I know how — with gold spray paint. So grab an outdated piece and a can of your fave color, and let's make some chic ceramics.

When I first brought her home, my real cat Dante was a little awed by her, so of course I named her Beatrice (after Dante Alighieri's real life love).

Ceramic sculpture are staples at thrift shops and yard sales, and can be bought for cheap. If you like the shape, this is a super simple way to create an object that you love. Sherry from Young House Love is an avid ceramic animal fan, and has been known to spray paint her finds white, yellow, even fuchsia. Me? I like shiny gold things.

What you'll need:
• Ceramic animal/statue
• Spray paint of choice (I used Rust-Oleum Metallic spray paint left over from Oscar)
• Spray primer (optional)
• Sandpaper (optional)
• Tarp

If your ceramic is super glossy, it may help to give it a little rub with some sandpaper before painting so that your color will stick. It also helps to use primer before painting. Wash your piece in soap and warm water, dry thoroughly.

Set up newspaper, cardboard, or tarp outside or in a well-ventilated area. Holding the can 10 inches from the piece, spray in thin, even strokes, keeping the can constantly moving. Wait 5 minutes for the first coat to dry, and then turn your piece. Repeat until covered. If your ceramic has a lot of nooks and crannies like Beatrice, be sure to wait 10-15 minutes in between subsequent coats so it doesn't smudge.

Look at Beatrice now! Gone are her overdrawn lashes, and she'll look perfect in my refreshed guest/craft room. Even Dante approves:


Meanwhile, Melissa was spray painting a greyhound bust with leftovers from the mercury glass DIY:
What can I say? We DIY Boston ladies love us some shiny animals!

Have you ever spray painted a ceramic? Tell us in the comments or tweet us at @DIYBoston!


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Melissa Massello is a newspaper journalist turned startup junkie and lifelong Bostonian who prides herself on her do-it-yourself attitude. From making her prom dress out More »
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