17 January 2011

The Magic of Celery

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?


  1. So is that cabinet built in, was the space designed for it, or was that pure serendipity? It looks very nice, so I'm going to guess it wasn't dumb luck (but then, as the elephant shows, sometimes dumb luck works out pretty darned well!

  2. Yes, it was built in, and yes, the space was totally designed for it. You have inspired a post all about the fireplace, so look out for it tonight or tomorrow.

  3. Oh my goodness, I bought the same ugly elephant from Homegoods for about $6! My friend thought I was insane but I told her it would be amazing with some white paint. I haven't gotten around to painting it yet but now that I see it, I'm thinking I may want to do it in a light gray or dusty lavender color instead of white. And LOVE your house btw.

  4. Allie -- you have excellent taste in ugly ceramicware! I'd love to see how it turns out.