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Pedestal Bowl Makeover

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Who is ready for spring????? I sure am!! We have had absolutely the wettest and coldest winter in quite some time. I started decorating for spring last week and can't wait to share that with you next week. 

In the meantime, here is a way to add a little touch of spring into your home with my thrift store makeover for the month!

Here are 2 BEFORE photos! It's really a great bowl. It's an awesome size with many uses. So glad I picked this one up while at the thrift store.



Pedestal Bowl Makeover

Makeover a wooden thrift store bowl with a simple paint technique!



  1. Clean your decor item with cleaning wipes or dish detergent.
  2. Dry item thoroughly.
  3. Lightly spray 2 -3 coats of spray paint in preferred color.
  4. Let paint dry thoroughly in between coats.
  5. If desired, lightly distress for a vintage look.
  6. Spray with one coat of sealer if desired. Since the bowl will get heavy decor use, I wanted to give it an extra level of protection, but not necessary.
  7. Let this dry.
  8. If desired, you can highlight any raised areas with gold.
  9. Let this dry!
  10. Decorate to your heart's desire!


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I am always amazed at what a can of spray paint can do!!! I love how this piece turned out. 

rabbit in bowl

Let me share how most of my projects come together. I actually carried the bowl with me to Hobby Lobby in its pre-makeover status. Then I kind of wandered around the store for inspiration. If a piece is too big to do this with, I always have a cell photo with me.

rabbit with eggs

I actually purchased the rabbit a couple of years ago from Hobby Lobby. I was so excited to see that it is still a stock item. You can find the standing rabbit and the sitting rabbit online and in-store. They Are on sale! I'm definitely adding the sitting one this year! 

The gold leaf eggs really got me thinking that the bowl would look great distressed white with just a hint of gold leaf.

Here are the eggs used from Hobby Lobby. 

  • The metallic ones come in several colors in store. I could not find the colorway that I used online. 
  • The moss eggs add an earthy feel. I love mixing a little glam with more rustic items. 
  • Mini-speckled eggs fill in the gaps (could not find on the site)
  • Check out all the Easter Decor at Hobby Lobby!
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Anytime I have a great stained piece, I love to sand back a little of the color used to share it!

Tips for getting a great spray paint finish!

  • Turn the piece upside down and spray in this direction first
  • Flip piece upright when ready and completely dry
  • Spray with very light coats and let dry thoroughly in between coats
  • READ the can and follow the instructions for how to hold the can and the distance from the item.
  • Place some scrap wood or paint risers under the product so it doesn't stick to your drop cloth. 


I knew that when I saw those gold leaf eggs that I had to add a bit of gold leaf to the bowl. It was so easy with the gold leaf paint pen. Notice that it is no way perfect or even. It adds to the hand-painted vintage feel.



There are many thrift store, vintage and antique items in this very shot, but would you believe that there are 4 thrift store projects in this one shot from our monthly challenges! So YES, I so use my projects in our home!

wine corks

Decorating TIP: When filling bowls, use some sort of filler at the bottom like wine corks, packing peanuts or balled up paper. Then you need less of the pretty decor. By doing this, I didn't need as many eggs to fill the space.



Be sure to check out the other projects from the team!!!


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Painting Old Books

Mid Century Modern Makeover on a Lazy Susan

DIY Striped Serving Tray

Repurposing a Typewriter

Wine Barrel Makeover

Vintage Train Case Makeover

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  1. It’s so great to find something like this at a thrift shop, and turn it into a useful, purposeful piece for decor. This turned out beautifully, and look perfect in the secretary. Thank you for the inspiration!

  2. Such a clever inventive reuse of a pedestal bowl and the bunny inside is adorable and such a nice Easter decor item. Great job!

  3. Christy,

    wow! The paint totally changed up this pedestal bowl. I love the addition of the gold highlights! Great tip about filler (wine corks)

    I felt like I was playing Eye spy looking for the past Thrift Store projects. I failed miserably! lol


  4. Love it! Very nicely done. I have wooden bowls and could add the wooden pedestals and paint them…love it!

  5. I love, love, this…..so cute and easy. I will be going to Hobby Lobby on a bunny hunt!!!
    Thank you!!!

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