It's the second month of our series and I LOVE my project. Sometimes I like projects, sometimes I dis-like projects and then sometimes I LOVE them. Today is one of those projects. Yay! Today, I'm going to show you how to transform a plastic toy as decor.
Let me give you a little bit of a backstory. I am not an accessories type person (not jewelry, not scarves, not knick-knacks, not tabletop accessories, etc.). I want to love them, especially the home decor ones, but I never fall in love with the little table-top pieces while I'm shopping. Seriously, it.. never.. happens! I buy a few here and there when they are on the clearance aisle for under $3, but that's it. But, when I look at our house and end tables I feel like something is always missing. The missing pieces are those little knick-knack items. So, that's why I'm super excited today. I finally have a little knick-knack item for an end table and it cost me under $4! But, more importantly, I finally have a knick-knack item that I LOVE; which never happens.
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When it was decided that this month we would be knocking off something from Zara home, I keyed in on this little guy:
via Zara Home
*Edited 02/2016: Zara no longer carries the alligator. This brass bird is very similar.
Pretty cute, right? Well, $35 was not in my budget (nor would I spend that on something like this), so knocking it off sounded like a terrific idea.
I raided Greyson's toys and came up with this little alligator. He never played with it and I know he will never even know it was gone. If you don't have a toddler's toy box to raid, these are easy to pick up at Michaels, Walmart and Target for under $4.
Then, I went to Michaels and bought Liquid Leaf. I think I paid $3.20 (with a 50% off coupon).
I had never used the gold leaf before (and man am I hooked!), so I made sure to scan the directions. Pretty simple. Use a soft brush and brush it on.
I applied two coats, waiting an hour between them, and then I sprayed it with a clear topcoat.
For under $4, I adore this little project and it's almost a dead-ringer for the original!
Are you ready to see what the other girls brought to this party? Let's just say a whole lot of amazingness! Seriously!
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