Pink cabbage is just plain wrong.

So the other day I was in my local Goodwill  (Yes….  The one that sells rocks…)  and I came across this.

It clearly had a lid at some point in its life, but the lid was missing and there was a chip on the top of it.
Oh.  And it was pink.

Who has ever heard of pink cabbage?!  The only time I have seen cabbage that had a pink tinge to it, it was because I had left it to rot in the bottom of the veggie crisper drawer.  (Don’t you judge me!  Everyone knows that the crisper drawers are where produce goes to be forgotten and die!)

Anyhow, I took it home, sprayed a primer on it…

At this point I am sure there are some of you feeling fairly uncomfortable with my choice, but that’s probably because you think I am planning on using it as a bowl for food.  Never fear, I plan to use it as a springtime floral container or as a planter.

After the primer dried, I busted out the acrylic paint… and blooped a big ‘ole dollop of celery green directly onto the bowl.

I used a small amount over the entire bowl, continuing to dry brush the paint in areas where it was a little uneven.  I wanted to make sure you could see brush strokes and imperfections.

From here, and even while it was still a little wet, I took it out to my spray paint area.  I balanced it upside down on another can of spray paint.

Here is where you need to forget everything you’ve ever learned about proper spray paint application. You’re going to take a can of clear, gloss lacquer or sealant, and you are going to spray heavy coat upon heavy coat of clear gloss on this baby. Yes, it’ll drip. Yes, it’ll run… but since it’s upside down, it’ll be running up. Leave it for a day or two.

When it’s completely dry, it will look like it’s fired ceramic, not like acrylic paint on an orphaned Goodwill bowl.

I think it’ll look really cute with little pansies planted in it, or some tulips… but all I have today are cuttings from my roses.   Anyhow, for a $4.99 Goodwill save and materials that i had on hand, I’m pretty happy with the end result.

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  1. says

    I know better than to doubt your prowess as a painter and rescuer of some old lady’s beloved soup tureen…is that how that’s spelled? I bet not. And I don’t know if it was actually a soup…whatever. But you know what I mean.

  2. says

    Great transformation. I too forget about most everything that goes in the crisper drawer. I just can’t see stuff all the way down there by the floor. I am thinking of getting a fridge with the freezer on the bottom, maybe that will help with the abyss known as the crisper.

  3. says

    That is just adorable! I happen to have a half rotting head of cabbage in my crisper. Thanks for reminding me.

    also…getting a TON of traffic from you site today because of my subject matter.


  4. says

    This is fantastique! From Crappy to Happy. Love that paint technique. Sometimes the creative ways with spray are the best. I bet someone was serving some yummy cabbage soup in this thing in its original life……Someone on a diet that is.

  5. says

    I’m booking your ticket for your visit here. I’m thinking I can change your flight from Texas and you can come back home with me for a week or so. You know, just long enough for you to help me get some stuff done!

  6. says

    Ok so I like to think that I can see the potential in things at goodwill, but I would have never looked twice at that pink cabbage bowl! Great job, you really turned it into something lovely!

  7. says

    I live WAY closer then Shawn or IA so come to my house first mmmK! :)

    No but seriously I am thinking really hard about taking a picture of my gawd awful vanity in my bathroom (you know the one I don’t get to replace) and seeing if you will offer up any tips on how to make it less ugly then it is now.

  8. says

    HA! I’m not the only one who ‘balances’ stuff on spray paint and other paint cans :) Or spray paints in heavy coats – I’m feeling vindicated. Thank you!

    Awesome makeover – excuse the silly question, but was the primer a flat one?

  9. says

    ahhh… now that is a girl with vision. I would never have thought to do something like that! Very creative and it turned out awesome!! I lack in creativity so i’ll just have to soak yours up! :)

  10. says

    Ok, you need to come prowl through my house and see if I have any pink cabbage that you could remodel! It’s terrific what you did with that cabbage.

  11. says

    Hi Vivianne. It turned out gorgeous and that is the best tip. I never knew that. Thanks for sharing. I’ll be looking at ceramic thrift shop items with a different view now.

    Hugs…Tracy :)

    P.S. I have a giveaway ending tomorrow. I would love to have you stop by and enter.

  12. says

    How cute!!

    I just love your personality! You crack me up.

    I especially loved the letter to Goodwill. I don’t know what I would of thought if I walked around a Goodwill and found a rock for sale. Too funny!!!

  13. says

    CLEVER find!!! I love the new cabbage color! It is a great flower bowl :)
    Visiting from Tatortots and Jello – stop by and enter my Cupcake Giveaway!

  14. says

    I like everything you make! It’s always hard for me to choose which one of your posts for my top ten! we’ll just have to see.. Thank you for sharing them on Masterpiece Monday. Have a great week! Mary :O)

  15. says

    I’ve painted pottery before, but never have been able to make it shiny like yours. Love the color, but then green is my favorite color anyway. Enjoy your “new” pot.

  16. says

    Love it! and it should never surprise me when I click on a beautiful pic from a link party and I end up at the V-Spot….you are amazing lady! Today, I stopped by from Homemaker on a Dime :)

  17. says

    Wow, what a great technique! Thanks for sharing. It is so much better now. I might not look the same way again at pink ceramics at the thrift store…..

  18. Anonymous says

    First time on your blog. Wonderful! But, the best part was making allowing me to laugh OUT LOUD about the pink cabbage in the fridge…so like me! Thank you for a funny start to an eighth grade teacher’s day!

  19. says

    You should be “over-the-moon” proud of yourself, this is GORGE-OUS!!!!!! I love it and can’t wait to try it out myself…

    So glad I found your blog, I’ll be following from now on!

  20. says

    Awesome makeover!!! I don’t think I would have thought of that in a million years!!! I will be looking at things differently now:)

  21. says

    It looks beautiful!! I love the color and your idea to coat it heavily with sealer so it looks like pottery. Genius!!

    I came over from Tatertots and Jello.


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