Do you want to decorate for the Spring and Easter seasons but not in the traditional pastel colors and cutesy bunny figurines?? Me too! Let me show you how I took a pair of blue rabbit figurines that I found at Hobby Lobby and transformed them into a more vintage antique-looking set of gold bunny rabbit statues.
DIY Antique Gold Rabbits with Paint
I knew exactly what I was looking for…and then couldn’t find it anywhere!!! Does that happen to you?? On those cold New England nights I love scrolling Pinterest and pinning ideas for Spring and Easter. I’m always drawn to vintage-looking decorating ideas and loved the more moody looks of vintage gold rabbits styled with old books or dishes.
But when the retailers started putting out their Easter merchandise all I was finding were brightly colored flocked bunnies and cutesy-looking statues…hey, not knocking it but it’s just not my vibe!! You do you…
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Then I saw these blue rabbit statues at Hobby Lobby. The size and the detail on them were perfect…but the blue color was not so much for me. They were reasonably priced with the 40% off sale too.
Painting the Rabbits to Look Antique
Now that I have my rabbit statues to transform I had to find the perfect color spray paint to use to create the fake antique look. This Rust-oleum Matte Metallic Sunlit Brass was perfect.
You will want to use matte spray paint to keep the sheen down on the finished statues.
One trick to use when spray painting an object with a flat bottom is to use a can or another sturdy object as a riser so you can spay around the entire thing and get the bottom edges too.
It took me 2 coats of spray paint to evenly cover the bunny and get into all of the hair details. You want to spray paint using light bursts of paint and keep the can at least 8 inches from the object to prevent overspray and dripping. Light even coats will give you the best finish.
Create a Vintage Look with Wax
The next step to creating a vintage look on the bunny rabbits is by one of my favorite DIY products, Waverly Antique Wax. I seriously love this stuff!! Not sponsored…just my opinion!!
One reason that I love working with this wax and that it is also perfect for a beginner or if you are intimidated by the concept of “wax” on DIY projects is that the Waverly wax is the consistency of chalk paint and you can brush it on…plus it is cheap (you can get a small bottle for $2! at Walmart).
Next, I used a small course bristle brush to “paint” the wax over the bunny being sure to get into all the hairs.
I worked on one rabbit statue at a time with the wax, covering the entire statue.
Then I went in with a paper towel and wiped all the excess wax off the bunny. The antique wax will stay in the crevices created by the hair…this will really give these statues a vintage look.
Just look at the difference the antique wax makes! Here is a side-by-side comparison of the waxed rabbit next to the one that just has the spray paint.
Antique Gold Bunny Rabbits
Once the wax dried it was time to style my gold bunnies for Spring. On a large round rattan tray, I added my bunnies along with a vase of dried flowers, vintage books, and a new ivy plant that I got last weekend.
- Bunny Rabbit Statues
- Rustoleum Sunlit Brass Spray Paint
- Waverly Antique Wax
- Spray paint the rabbit statues
- Let dry between coats and spray again.
- Once the paint is completely dry brush the antique wax over the entire statue.
- Wipe off the excess wax with a paper towel
- Let the wax dry, then the rabbit statues are ready to use.
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More Bunny Rabbit Project Ideas
See how I gave these bunny statues (available at Hobby Lobby) a faux cement look using one of my favorite crafting techniques.
This wreath is made with supplies from Dollar Tree! It is made with an egg-shaped metal wreath form, a set of wooden egg ornaments, and a set of bunny wooden ornaments.
Another wreath idea to try this Spring. The base is a Dollar Tree bunny head wreath frame that I covered with grapevine garland and moss for a natural-looking Easter wreath for the front door.
make these vintage easter eggs
My latest Easter DIY project was this set of vintage Easter eggs made from a bag of paper eggs. Such a pretty addition to your Easter decorating!