Paint it White
… the bird edition.

There is NOTHING that doesn’t look better with a coat of white paint.  O.K., truth be told I didn’t actually mind this $1.25 bird from Dollarama when it was in it’s original incarnation of  brown … I just knew I’d like it more once I painted it white.  After it was painted, I went back with a Sharpie and dotted in the pupils.  Without eyes painted in,  it looked … well … blind, I guess.

What you need:

Bird – $1.25  (Dollarama)

Spray Paint – $9 if you don’t already have some laying around  (I used Krylon Fusion for Plastic … even though the bird is ceramic)

Dollarama bird in it's natural state

Painted White Dollarama bird ... turned a mutt into a dove.

My goal is to paint 5 or 6 of these and use them along the dining room table for Easter.  I also thought they’d be cute as place markers (albeit kindda large ones)  Just sharpee the names right on the bird.  I’ll report back with pictures prior to Easter.  And just so you know … this bird looks way nicer in real life.  I’m nooooo photographer.  I’m a pretty good shot with a spray can though.


  1. catherine says:

    would the spray paint not chip right off of this because it’s a smooth surface? You should give a lesson in spray painting things because while I love doing it, I find it tricky to work with. So easy to get drips and it just doesn’t seem to last.

  2. Jenny says:

    LOVE! I totally agree… pretty much everything is better with a little ol’ white spray paint.

  3. michelle says:

    WOW! That is really cool. You’re so good. So smart at this stuff. In awe of Martha Bertelsen.

  4. cred says:

    I know this comment is well after the fact BUT I just discovered your blog after seeing you on Steven & Chris sometime late in the fall. In the many days following, I read all you past posts and was a confirmed fan. I just loved the easter display featuring this little white bird. Alas, there were no little ceramic birds like it in Dollarama- I checked every week. Finally this spring, I had to pay almost $5 (can you believe?) for a ceramic bird from Garden Gallery so I could do this, too. My boyfriend has been enjoying teasing me about painting my ‘bird’ white ever since. He thinks he’s pretty clever… clever like an 8-yr old boy…. but it makes him chuckle every time.

  5. becca says:

    If you wanted to use them as place holders (or something where you use them more than once) you could probably substitute a sharpie for a whiteboard marker, and just re-write a new message for every occasion… I think they’d work on spray paint…

    You, if whiteboard pens don’t work, you can always use lipstick, or eyeliner, or crayons, they’d all scrub off nicely. possibly even nail polish, if nail polish remover didn’t also remove the spray paint.

  6. Kathy Hartzell says:

    So the ubiquitous Annie Sloan Chalk Paint would work, too, as it’s famous for sticking power. Wouldn’t be as glossy unless you then waxed it.

    The gloss looks smashing. Watch out Jonathan Adler, we won’t be as likely to covet your $80 animals with this trick!!

    • Karen says:

      I’ve been dying to try that paint! Haven’t yet, LOL. By the time I get around to it the trend’ll be over! ~ karen

  7. Love Dollarama. Great ideas, Karen. Glad I found your site.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Marlene! I’m glad you found me. And an incredibly EARLY post at that. You have about 3 years of catching up to do, lol! Get reading. ~ karen!

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