Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Which Vintage Owl Do You Like Better? Before or After?

 
Selling antiques is unpredictable. Sometimes a piece you think will fly off the shelves will stagnant for months, waiting for its vintage-loving soul mate. I predicted this owl would be seized quickly, but failed. Luckily, a little creative reconfiguring will sometimes make the sale. I'll be spray painting several vintage pieces to see if that helps them sell this week.

Spray painting vintage items a solid color is a big trend right now. You definitely have to find the right piece to pull it off. Bold shapes work best. 


Which owl do you like better? The original, or my white spray painted version?
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46 comments:

  1. Oh, definitely the painted one. (But, I'm not a big fan of owls in general.)

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  2. I like the white one better. Buyers can get "color locked" looking for pieces to fit their decor. White pieces are easier to work in and/or are open to being repainted.

    Granted, they can repaint any piece, but most people don't think like that. By painting it white, it's now an empty canvas. You've made the jump to a creative spark for the buyer. ;)

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    1. Very well said Mr. Fifer! I always strive to fill in the blanks for customers, so they can imagine a piece in their homes.

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  3. I agree Jason on the buyer's end of it...love the white one and I like owls, too. The white is better from a visual standpoint, too and very trendy.

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  4. That's one mod looking white owl!

    <3 Jackie @ Let's Go Thrifting!
    http://LetsGoThrifting.blogspot.com

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  5. You're right! They are exactly the same! How funny. Love the white one...

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  6. love the spray painted version. i bought a lot at an estate sale of about 100 owls and some were just too ugly to sell, so i sprayed them all sorts of colors. i personally thought the shapes were ugly still but they flew off the shelves! i couldn't believe it!

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  7. Hands down- your spray painted version. He looks so much more regal!

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  8. perfect in white. that would look right at home next to my white cardinal and white camel on my mantel. nice job van! i have a feeling it will fly (no pun intended) off your shelf soon.

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  9. The pure white one looks far more sinister. Like the head should pop up to reveal a button for the secret entrance to the Bat Cave.

    Next time I find an owl at a thrift store, I'm painting it solid!

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    1. Agreed. It would look good in black for Halloween, too!

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  10. I really like the white one as well. Will you be selling it at Soutern Crossing?

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  11. My vote's for the sold white one as well. It seems more modern than the original.

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  12. Yep, the white one wins. An interesting thought for fixing up ugly owls, I've recently passed over. When I can find owls that is... owls I didnt buy from Van to begin with..

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    1. ;) Keep hunting, you'll find some!

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  13. I found a very heavy wooden owl a few years ago. I spray paint it a different color every year, and use it for a doorstop during my everyday life, and a display item during craft shoes! It's super turquoise right now!

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  14. Hi Van, I preferred it before....it the right spot with some minimal furniture around, it would have been hilarious :)

    Ciao!

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    1. Looks like you're the one vote for the "Before", Marco ;)

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  15. Hmm...Van, thank you for the idea too! I've been passing up some ugly owls but now will have to give them a second look!

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    1. Do it! They're fun in a rainbow of colors, too.

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  16. owl, schmowl. The lamp is AMAZING.
    (but if you were going to twist my arm, the all white version. so clean and pretty!)

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  17. Oh definitely the white!!!!!!!! Great job!!!

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  18. The great snowy owl, plus I love the lamp,,,,,.

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  19. definitely after! i've been thinking of doing the same thing with vintage trophies... you know, the kinds with a plastic bowler or baseball player on top? a group of all white or black trophies would be great on a windowsill or bookshelf.

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    1. That would be really fun! May have to steal that idea and make all-black ones if I come across a windfall of them for cheap.

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  20. What kind of paint did you use? I'd love to try this! Drew-Great idea on the trophies. I'd love to see one.

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    1. I like cheap 'ole Colorplace fast dry spraypaint for ceramics and slightly costlier valspar gloss finish for wood. I find the gloss finish to be too runny for certain tasks and slick surfaces (like using stencils) so beware!

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  21. Looks awesome! Did you have to sand the base where it's shinier before you painted?

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    1. Nope, I didn't. It came out fine, but sanding and primer is always recommended for paint jobs.

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  22. Love the white one! everything looks better in white!!

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  23. White! And, yes, I fully understand thinking something will sell and then having it sit...And sit... And sit. Hope this works for you, it looks great!

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  24. I like the white just because it wasn't painted too well to begin with. I collect owls... I stay away from the ceramic molds that were craft projects from the 70's and 80's. I'm not into the "modern all white" look but I know its popular:) I like the vintage look:)

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  25. I like the white just because it wasn't painted too well to begin with. I collect owls... I stay away from the ceramic molds that were craft projects from the 70's and 80's. I'm not into the "modern all white" look but I know its popular:) I like the vintage look:)

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  26. I love the white one, but prob would paint it all one color, like black or hot pink!

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