It is time for the Thrift Store Throwdown! This little project may just be the easiest thrift store update ever. It was so easy, it took less than an hour and only one supply. You really can’t beat that.
As I shared a few weeks ago, a few other bloggers and I joined together to challenge our upcycling skills. Each of us found an item or two at a thrift store and sent it off to one of the other bloggers. The challenge was to take the item we received and make it awesome. I received this cute little ceramic cow head from Randi at Dukes and Duchesses.
Now the thing about my little cow is she was already so cute. I really would have been pretty happy hanging her up on the wall as is. But that would be incredibly lame and not in the spirit of the challenge at all, so I started thinking about what to do. I knew I definitely wanted to add some fun color. I know super neutral décor is in right now, but I could care less. I need color in my life!
I thought about so many things – painting the whole thing like jadeite, painting just the horns gold, painting stripes on the square back. Then I started thinking maybe decoupage was the way to go. I knew she would look so cute with a tiny little floral print or a great ikat. But I still wasn’t sure any of that would really be better than she already was in classic white.
Until I came up with a genius idea. A simple way to add all the color and pattern I could want. Washi tape. Washi tape decoupage may just be the smartest decoupage idea ever. It comes in a million colors and patterns. It is super thin and flexible so it easily molds to any surface. Each roll only costs a couple bucks. And the best part for me – it is removable from most surfaces! So if one day in the future, I want my little cow white again, I can make it happen. Clearly, this might not be the most durable solution for decoupaging furniture but for small decorative pieces like this, it is perfect!
I used this cute ikat washi tape that I have had for awhile. The process was incredibly simple.
I just tore off small strips of tape and smoothed them onto the cow. At first, I was simply placing them next to one another but then I realized a pattern was forming, so I went with it.
I worked from there to cover the entire thing, smoothing any wrinkles out with my fingernail as I went.
She definitely has some personality now!
I think this little cow is going to be perfect in the gallery wall in our master bedroom, holding a few favorite necklaces. And you can bet I have my eyes out for anything else that might benefit from a bit of washi tape decoupage!
*Update! This cutie ended up being the perfect hand towel holder for my bathroom redo! See the rest of the room right here.
Want to see what the rest of the participants did with the thrifted items they received? You can see everyone’s reveals at the links below. And let me tell you, I definitely got off easy with my cute little cow. Some of these ladies had a major challenge on their hands!
I am all about that little bull! Seriously, I love the pattern and thought you used markers to draw that design. The tape is genius!
Thank you Carol! Doing a little marker design would have been great too but this way was definitely faster!
Courtney @ All Things New Again says
I love your little cow! The washi tape was a great idea and the pattern it created is really cool. Have a great week! ~Courtney
Loved him before and now WOW! He’s awesome! You did good girl!
Thanks so much Deborah!
That looks SO cool. The washi tape looks seamless! Love the idea of using it to hang necklaces.
Thanks Randi – I tried to do your great thrift find justice!
Really cute. Love the colors.
So fun!! And the washi tape is a great idea if you want to update it again in the future!
Yes – I love the flexibility it offers!
What an awesome way to give this sweet girl a new look! I love the pattern that you created with the washi tape and using her as a necklace holder is a great idea.
Rachel Teodoro says
I would have never guessed that this was washi tape! Amazing!
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I am completely blown away by the transformation! I thought he could not look better than he did but you proved me wrong! You did an amazing job with the tape! It is so smooth and seamless! #amazingtransformation !
Thank you so much Jeannee! I definitely struggled coming up with an idea since he was so cute to begin with – but I am really happy with how he turned out!
Sue at Blu says
Carrie I was really wondering how you would improve on that awesome piece and you did! It is so colorful, so fun, and just crazy cool! Love the colors! And thanks for my items! This was a super fun challenge!
Thank you Sue!
I would have never thought to use washi tape…very creative
Ashley ~ 3 Little Greenwoods says
Oh washi tape ~ oh I love you! When I first saw your colorful little cow I couldn’t figure out what you had used to love it. Love that you used one of my favorite craft supplies!
Thanks Ashley! I love washi tape too although I fee like sometimes I have no idea what to do with it! This little project is giving me lots of ideas though.
Jenny Kavanagh says
wow the washi tape pattern is perfect!! I love how this turned out and I want one now ;)
Thank you so much Jenny!
Amy @ My Life From Home says
He has a big personality now! I love his transformation. He will be a fun necklace holder.
Thanks Amy! You are right – definitely full of personality now!
Michelle Leslie says
Brilliant Carrie. You turned it into a work of art. I love it!!
Thank you Michelle!
I totally blown away with the transformation! You have such a creative mind.
Thank you Maria!
Linda at Mixed Kreations says
How fun, and what a beautiful transformation. Perfect for holding your necklaces! Love it!
Thank you Linda!