A while back I found a really ugly ceramic elephant for $8 at Ross and instantly knew that a coat of spray paint would make it look amazing.
No, that's a lie.
I saw it at the store, thought it was kind of neat, and took it home to show to Steve, who did not share my enthusiasm one bit. I reluctantly decided to return it, but I didn't realize that Ross's return policy is only 30 days and missed the deadline. I contemplated stashing it somewhere in the (future) garden, or cutting my losses by donating it, before finally realizing that it could be saved with some spray paint.
Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture before I started working on it. But believe me when I say that it was really ugly. I realize that now. It was mostly brown, with tan speckles. Not pretty. Steve was right. But a coat of white primer made a world of difference:
White ceramic animals are always lovely, but with the dark cabinets and the other things already on the shelves, I thought a muted color would look better. I chose Krylon's celery in a gloss finish:
Wood chips on the ground probably weren't the best platform for this project. (I was just so excited to get started on the transformation.) I had to turn the elephant a few times to get at the undersides of his legs, arms, inside his ears, etc., but I got it done. Pretty cute, huh?