DIY: Piggy Bank Makeover

I love the idea of having a place to drop your change at the end of any given day. For me, this place is a piggy bank that I've had for about 5 years. Whenever my wallet change purse gets a little full, I empty it into the piggy bank. When the piggy bank gets full, I wrap the coins and bring them to the bank and deposit them. It's an easy system that works quite well. The piggy bank I've been using was a clear purple plastic one that I got from the Franklin Pierce College's Campus Activities Board. There comes a point when the "clear purple plastic" look becomes a little outdated. So, I decided to give my bank a little makeover...

A little uneven, but still pretty cute!
Now I can store my change in a much prettier piggy bank! Here are the supplies I used for this:

1 Old Piggy Bank
Ivory Spray Paint
Painter's Tape
Green Acrylic Paint
Black Sharpie Marker

This is the piggy before I started:


When I first undertook this project, the plan was to spray paint it all ivory and be done with it. Except that the ivory spray paint I have isn't as good as my Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze and so after a few coats, my piggy looked like this:


See how it's sort of dropping off the sides? For some reason, this ivory spray paint, no matter how long I shake the can for previously to spraying and no matter how lightly I spray, will not spray in even coats or without becoming goopy. I used it for another project (a candelabra I found at Goodwill for only $4) and while that turned out okay, it was a horribly tedious process and I may end up changing the color back to oil rubbed bronze. Anyhoo, back to the piggy bank, after I brought it inside and let it dry, and I drew some round black eyes with my permanent marker, I decided that I would make some thick stripes, in a bright green, across the piggy bank. To do this, I measured out lines (guesstimating, of course) with my painter's tape:


Then, using a small brush, I painted my acrylic green paint onto the piggy. And before the paint dries, remove the painter's tape to reveal your newly striped piggy!


It's back on our dresser next to one of our globes. The lines aren't perfectly straight, but I love the pseudo-preppy and slightly whimsical note that it adds to our bedroom.


Do you keep piggy banks? Or corral your change in another way? Do you like to take old items and make them look a little newer? I'd love to hear from you!

PS. Today, I'm linking up to the blog parties at Confessions of a Stay at Home Mommy, Mommy by Day Crafter by Night, Blackberry Vine, Reasons to Skip the Housework and House of Grace! Head on over to see these wonderful blogs and all the other great projects linked up!

PPS. I also linked up to Domestically Speaking's Power of Paint Party!

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