Gilded Reindeer: How to Makeover Second Hand Christmas Decor

A couple years ago my parents passed on a bunch of their Christmas decorations to us.  A lot of these knick knacks bring me back to my childhood.  As much as I love the nostalgic feeling they give me some of them are bit out dated {I know what you're thinking a snowman is a snowman!}but I like to add my own little touch to them. Case in point this porcelin reindeer.....
Cute? Yes. Festive? Yes.
But in my mind homey was in need of a makeover.
Something more my style. Something more modern.
Originally, I was going to just spray paint him all white {yawn} but then Mari of Crab + Fish kept sharing all these awesome gilded projects; like this gold pumpkin and this moose makeover and I knew right away this technique was exactly what Mr. Doe a Deer needed.
Have you ever played with Martha Stewart's liquid gilding ?
It's a leafing paint that my husband said reminded him alot of model paint.
It can be easily applied to a variety of surfaces {glass, wood, canvas, etc...}with a small paint brush.
I just love the rich and gorgeous metallic color it leaves behind!
After allowing the liquid gilding to dry I brushed some Mod Podge glue onto the little guy's antlers and sprinkled them with some silver glitter.
Because glitter makes everything better, right?
Now I'm a bit obsessed with this whole gilding technique.
I seriously want to gild everything; pinecones, thrift store mirrors, my dogs........

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The Millers said...

you are so talented! I LOVE this.

Katie said...

your last line made me laugh. :) turned out so cute! make pinecones next - I want to see them!

Michelle Paige said...

Genius idea! I so want to do this! Adorable!

mari of {crab+fish} said...

Thanks for the shout-out! :D

I LOVE your deer's makeover! The glitter antlers are the perfect finish. Even though I'm a little bit gold-obsessed at the moment, I think I might need the silver gilding. I can't wait to see what else you douse in it!

Unknown said...

Hey, hey!! I am using that exact same silver gilding on a project right now! I hope *fingers crossed* to post it tomorrow or Wednesday! Your reindeer turned out great!

Honey I'm Home Blog said...

How darling. What a great way to keep those sentimental decorations, yet make them useful for your own taste.

Warmly, Michelle
Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust

Marta G. (A Bilingual Baby) said...

As much as I liked the old reindeer, the new reindeer is much better! Really cool! I love this project. Best regards from Barcelona, Spain,

Val said...

You are so creative...I would never think of these cool ideas.

I'd love to hear from you!