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Knick Knack Makeover

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Few things make a room feel as dated and messy as a heap of hideous knick knacks. Here's how to transform these eyesores into chic showpieces with a secret weapon -- white spray paint.

Check out this effortlessly clever makeover project from Decor Demon, courtesy of our friends over at Houzz!

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Ever since my Aunt Rita's creepy clown figurine damaged my soul back in 1982, I've despised knick knacks. As somewhat of a modernist, I've often pondered the purpose of these cluttery horrors. It's not like they actually do anything, right? Plus, you've gotta have something to showcase them in; who wants to spend $800 on a display cabinet for dozens of stupid things no one cares about anyway?

knick knack, makeoverA basketful of unsightly knick knacks, before and after. Photo: Houzz

Always up for a challenge, I attempted to make a dozen aesthetically-challenged knick knacks hip, sophisticated and useful. Though doubtful from the start, it turns out that with just a few simple materials, a steady hand and a lazy afternoon, anyone can turn ghastly garbage into glamorous goodies.

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In addition to an assortment of odd-numbered, uber-ugly, pseudo-accessories, here's what you'll need for this project: sandpaper, newspaper, canned air, spray paint handle, spray primer and high-gloss spray paint.

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Here's where the newspaper comes in handy. Once you've decided on a well ventilated, exterior workspace, use the periodical to protect your work surface.

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Ain't buyin' the canned air thing? Well, here's proof that proper prep results in one helluva great finish; the previously tacky, golden cherub is now a snow-white superstar. Although any color spray paint will work, I strongly encourage sticking with ultra-white. It goes with everything and instantly modernizes all things stuffy, traditional or gaudy.

Want to see just how to acheive a flawless finish? Head over to Houzz for the full, step-by-step instructions, and to see more refinished knick knacks!

  • Harriet

    knick knacks are sill tacky no matter what color you paint them

  • Kat

    Gemme a break-why do you think yard sale listings take up so much space in the newspaper from
    April-Oct? Also-give eBay a look sometime and see all the knick-knacks people are buying and selling all year long. Somebody wants it and there is always somebody buying it-maybe just to resell it or maybe to make it over into who knows what just for the fun of it.

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