Meet Mr. & Mrs. Pilgrim…

Transform $2 Thanksgiving Decor with Spray Paint /

These solid wood pilgrims have been sitting in a Fall decoration box in our attic for a few years now. Last year, I pulled them out to go with our Fall decorations, but they just didn’t seem to “gel” with the rest of the decor. The colors were vibrant and Fall-ish, but they just weren’t “us”, so I decided to donate them to the Goodwill – despite Bentley’s obvious attachment. Greg passed by my stack of things to take to the Goodwill near the backdoor and said, “You’re getting rid of Jedediah and Ruth?” Those are more like Amish names, but Greg insisted.Β I explained my reasoning for giving them away, but he suggested that we should keep them around a little longer. This year, when I pulled them out of our Fall decor box, I did what any self-respecting blogger would do: I grabbed a can of bright, metallic gold spray paint.

Transform $2 Thanksgiving Decor with Spray Paint /

Mrs. Pilgrim looks like she’s rolling her eyes (not very thankful of her, is it?), and Mr. Pilgrim’s shoes are a little large for the rest of his body. I figured painting them a solid color would, at the very least, make Ruth look a little more thankful. There was even a chance Jedediah’s shoes wouldn’t stick out quite so much.Β Have you noticed that pretty much every pilgrim statuette you see, the man has abnormally large shoes? So weird.

Transform $2 Thanksgiving Decor with Spray Paint /

I probably should have primed them first, but I didn’t. However, I did end up going over the reallyΒ smooth partsΒ with some fine grit sand paper (her dress, the top of her head and his pants). After three coats of spray paint, they were all dolled up and ready for their Thanksgiving meal.

Transform $2 Thanksgiving Decor with Spray Paint /

Ahhh. Much better. The carved texture of the wood (which I barely noticed before) really makes them look like hammered metal – which isn’t bad for a couple of $2 pilgrims from Walmart. Of course, I can’t wrap up this post (no matter how simple it is) without an obligatory before and after…

Transform $2 Thanksgiving Decor with Spray Paint /

Now that they’re a pretty shade of metallic gold, I’m kind of in love with them. The moral of the story: when shopping around your house for seasonal decor, don’t forget about spray paint.

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    Alexa @ travelmiamor
    November 19, 2013 at 9:38 am

    So amazing at what a little paint can do! Love it!

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    Hollie @ I'm Busy Procrastinating
    November 19, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Ah, the magic of spray paint! Would you believe I have never spray painted anything gold? I think it’s about time. Ohh … I just had an idea to rejuvenate a coral sculpture I have!

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      November 19, 2013 at 9:54 am

      Um, yes. It’s time. Go! haha

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    November 19, 2013 at 9:53 am

    So much better! I have a little bird that keeps getting removed from the donate pile in hopes of meeting up with some spray paint. What would we do without spray paint?!

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    November 19, 2013 at 10:00 am

    This year I’ve put a $10 budget on our Christmas decorating so I’m trying my best to reuse the tons of stuff we have from past Christmases. Spray paint and nail polish are the best. πŸ˜€ I have some of those tiny fake trees and painted the tiny baubles with nail polish (thank you pinterest!) to match my new colour scheme. So much cuter! I love your pilgrims, the wood/metal effect is really neat.

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      November 19, 2013 at 10:10 am

      Yes! We used nail polish last year to repair a berry wreath. Who knew nail polish could be so helpful?

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    November 19, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Looks great!!

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    Brittany at The 1000th Voice
    November 19, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Lovely! I think I’m going to have to pull out the Christmas stuff early to start spray painting things.

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    November 19, 2013 at 10:58 am

    These are absolutely adorable!!! What a chic transformation!!!!

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    November 19, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    I love the pic of Bentley–so cute!

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    November 20, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Great update! God I love spray paint.

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    J Kendricks
    November 20, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    The “before” pilgrims were cute, but the “after” pilgrims look amazingly classy. Well done!

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    Mila R
    November 20, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    I love anything gold so the gold pilgrims are a hit in my book! My only question is how does Bentley feel about the new and improved pilgrims?

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    Casey @ Pretty Organized
    November 20, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Love!!! i’m pretty sure spray paint is like the duct tape of the craft world — it fixes everything!! Smart move, Ashley — they look great!! πŸ™‚

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    ashley @
    November 21, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    trendy update to already cute decorations! plus – they can always be painted different colors as your personal pallet changes, too!

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    November 21, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    What a great idea. I’m looking around my house tonight for things I can spray gold. Love it!

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    November 22, 2013 at 10:34 am

    You actually made my crack up…LOL…Then I had to re-read the spray painting section out loud to my family. I need some paint.

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    February 26, 2014 at 7:45 am

    They remind me of that gold robot from Star Wars… LOL

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      February 26, 2014 at 10:55 am

      Hhaha, yeah, I see a little C-3PO in them : )

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