Sunday, November 5, 2023

Bronzed Turkey from Blah to Burnished

I know we all have holiday decor pieces that we've had for years; many of them holding sentimental feelings of family and tradition. Well, I have my share of pieces that are just simply part of the ritual of bringing out Thanksgiving and Christmas decor, but really need a spiff up to make them presentable and up to date.

This little turkey fellow was one of many fun holiday projects my mom and sis and I did back in the 80's with ceramic pieces. Clearly I was not very creative because I just slapped some brown paint on him and called it a day. Now I would probably use creams and varied muted neutrals for a more current look. But unfortunately he's suffered my lack of imagination for around 40 years... so sorry.

I unwrapped him from my Thanksgiving tubs like I do every year and looked at him with fresh eyes. Not only was he really unattractive and boring, but he was dusty and dirty. So first thing; a wipe down to remove the many years of dust. That helped, but I had in mind a little "enhancement" for a flashier look. 

Just a note; this isn't a sponsored post, but sharing how a quick 5-minute touch up gave my little turkey a new life.

Some people get fancy with a special cloth, but I've always found it easiest to just squeeze a dab on my finger and get started. What a subtle difference. So much better.

This is where he had landed on the baker's rack before I realized he needed some immediate help.

After his mini makeover I thought he might be up for a bit more prominent spot. So now he's on the farm table with a tabletop vignette centerpiece for Thanksgiving. The old ice cream bucket filled with seasonal foliage on the bread board is a favorite setting.

Now instead of fading into the background he's up for a little more front and center.

Rub and Buff is a product that I've used for years always with a perfect outcome. It's great for a refresh and highlight for old picture frames along with so many other decorative items. You can get a subtle highlight or a more opaque look.

Honestly, don't know why I waited so long to help out this little guy!

I'm sharing Thanksgiving while planning and gathering Christmas decor this week. How are you all handling the transition? I told myself I wasn't going to buy anything new in decor, but I couldn't help myself. I've found a few really pretty pieces. I'll be sharing them soon.

Here's another time I used Rub and Buff to help out...

and then more Thanksgiving...

Did you catch my last post?

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  1. I haven't used rub and buff for years. I wonder if mine is still "good." This is a fabulous -- and easy -- makeover and it makes the world of difference. I love it!

    1. I've had to cut open tubes and use some paint thinner to get it to work in the past. I usually keep it on hand, but sometimes I get desperate! haha

  2. A nice re love of this little guy. He is now ready for his big day. I have not seen Rub and Buff for many years!!! Looks great. Have a good weekend. Hugs. Kris

    1. Hobby Lobby and Michaels still carry it, thank goodness. Also Lowe's and Home Depot. hugs

  3. Debra,
    Your turkey is so beautiful. Your arrangements are always so lovely. Congratulations, you are being featured on Thursday Favorite Things.


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