Friday, May 25, 2012

Deceptive Plastic Animals

Janet had a wonderful idea to spray paint some plastic animals 
so the animals appear to be porcelain! 
what a grand idea-

These adorable white creations have caused quite a stir at BRASWELL the shop!
Customers want to buy them!
They look like porcelain!
 That is where the deception comes into play.
They are really plastic! 

In our window.

We have used them in cloches.

With bottle signs around their adorable necks.

In display for the tables.

This is how we turned cheap plastic toys into looking like porcelain!

We used high gloss white (use any color you might like in high gloss) spray paint (for indoor/outdoor) from
 a hardware shop.

We got these plastic animals from the toy section of a super market.

 Before you start spray painting, make sure the toys are dust free and clean.
 Because it is high gloss, dust will show up after the paint dries.

Janet Created a spray booth with a box.

 Make sure to spray paint in a well ventilated area.
And before spray painting, please read the instructions on the can!

Flip over the toys so you spray paint the belly and the feet first. It is a lot harder to spray paint these areas later without nicking the paint.

Apply 2 to 3 light coats a few minutes apart.

Let them completely dry before you stand them up.
(We dried these for a few hours until it felt completely dry)

Apply 2 to 3 light coats a few minutes apart.

Let them completely dry for a few hours and touch up the spots you may have missed. 
(These plastic toys we used had a lot of texture so we had to touch it up a bit)

Viola, you have plastic animals that look like porcelain.
Use them any place your creativity takes you, table settings, etc.

Shhhhh, don't tell our secret.
What design deceptions do you have, dear readers-
I would love to hear from you!

Love, Peggy

To see your vision come to life, email us about our design services at Peggy Braswell Design

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  1. These are just fabulous Peggy... how clever and how effective they look... Love your windows... xv

  2. Thank you VA-you are too sweet. love peggy

  3. Well aren't you two so clever?!! I love it! It's not very often you can make plastic look awesome.. but you have definitely done just that!

    1. Hello Jan, and yes Janet is soooo clever + they are fun + look like porcelain. Thanks love peggy

  4. I LOVE this idea, I have a feeling white animals may be walking down the centre of a dinner table here one night soon! Thank you!

    1. Hi Sharon-making white animals walk down your dining table is Grand. Thanks for commenting. love peggy PS love your blog.

  5. How fun to add something witty- spray paint is quite fun!
    I feel inspired to deceive! I happen to have a silver spray.....hmmm!

    1. Bet that silver spray would look great on the animals. thanks for dropping by the blog. love peggy

  6. What great little "secret" can be applied to so many different things... got the brain ticking now Peggy!!!
    Carla x

  7. Take the "secret" and make it your own. Thanks for stopping by my blog,Carla. love peggy