Spray Painted Bunnies

by Kimba on March 16, 2009

in Do it yourself

That sounds like the name for a garage band, doesn’t it?

That’s exactly what I’ve been doing, though. I told you that I’d be scouring the thrift stores for some bunnies in need of a little spray paint love after I saw these beauties in the Pottery Barn catalogue. And so…a-hunting I did go. Get it? Bunny hunting?

Question: What are four hundred rabbits hopping backwards?
Answer: A receding hare line.

The first few stops were a total bust. But then I hit the bunnyload at my last stop. These two bunny babies were sitting there waiting for me. I guess they’re not horribly horrible but I knew they could be better.

Question: Why don’t rabbits get hot in the summertime?
Answer: They have hare conditioning!

A couple coats of glossy white spray paint and…Voila!

New and improved bunnies! I used Rustoleum primer and then a coat of glossy white spray paint.

Last one…

Question: What is a rabbit’s favorite dance style?
Answer: Hip-Hop!

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1 Still Learning March 16, 2009 at 12:50 pm

I like your pretty bunnies. I love white and black accents, they just go with everything and look so elegant. I’ll be doing my rabbit mantle tomorrow hopefully.

2 Gray Matters March 16, 2009 at 12:52 pm

So funny – love all the jokes and the bunnies turned out great. I’m gonna hop on over to my thrift store this week!

3 HeathahLee March 16, 2009 at 12:56 pm

You are too funny.

I got an ugly chocolate bunny wannabe at Dollar Tree the other day and painted it white (it WAS horribly horrible…the eyes looked sort of scary!) It turned out so cute!

4 Dawn@Embracing the Ordinary Life March 16, 2009 at 1:06 pm

They look so much better…I like the idea of the candy as decoration too…may be time to bring out my Easter stuff…and add in a little more!!

5 Kimm at Reinvented March 16, 2009 at 1:10 pm

Love the bunnies! Are you considering a career in stand-up comedy, ‘cuz you nailed those jokes!!

6 Kirwin March 16, 2009 at 1:17 pm

I love them. You’ve totally inspired me! Do you mind sharing what kind of paint you used? And did you prime them before hand? (Sorry for the dumb questions…)

7 Lisa March 16, 2009 at 1:20 pm

They look so much better!

I couldn’t find any at the thrift stores this weekend. I had to break down and by 2 new bunnies at Pier One. (But they were only $3.99 each and cute, so I don’t feel too bad).

8 It's Always Something Around Here March 16, 2009 at 1:23 pm


9 Juli March 16, 2009 at 1:27 pm

Thanks for the giggle. Receding hare line. Love it.

10 queenbee March 16, 2009 at 1:35 pm

love the bunnies, i have been bunny hunting myself, but havent had any luck just yet. Great job.

11 Lou Cinda March 16, 2009 at 2:00 pm

Shut up! What a great idea! I have been thinking about painting my concrete rabbit on my front porch! Think that would work? Concrete is kinda porous, but, I think it’s worth a try! Yours look so good!

Lou Cinda 🙂

12 Amber March 16, 2009 at 2:16 pm

You're too funny. I do love the idea of spray painting everything. I MUST be honest & tell you that they scare me. Just a little. It's something about their eyes…eeek!

13 Vanilla Lavender March 16, 2009 at 2:21 pm

They look great!

14 Ruthanne March 16, 2009 at 2:22 pm

They’re so cute!

15 Forever Vintage March 16, 2009 at 2:26 pm

The bunnies turned out really nice. I think they do look nicer white! Were they spray painted?

16 LDH March 16, 2009 at 2:32 pm

Sweet Bunnies! I especially like the receding hare line joke… got to send that one to my son-in-law 🙂

17 Mom in High Heels March 16, 2009 at 2:35 pm

Oh, Kimba! How I love you. And your “hare-brained” jokes. HAHAHA! The bunnies d look better white. Great job. As usual.

18 marty39 March 16, 2009 at 2:37 pm

Your bunny jokes are just too cute! Now as for the real bunnies, you did find two really cute ones. I love them painted white and how cute do they look in your vignette. Hugs, Marty

19 agoodwitchtoo March 16, 2009 at 2:37 pm

What a fabulous idea! Now I’ll be hunting wabbits too 😉 I love that a can of spray paint can transform something previously loved into something loved once again!

20 Darlene March 16, 2009 at 2:58 pm

GREAT idea!!

21 duchess March 16, 2009 at 3:06 pm

You’re a funny bunny alright.
Love the end result – thanks, Kimba.

22 Willo March 16, 2009 at 3:09 pm

They are adorable! Brilliant! And I love the jokes!

23 Forever Vintage March 16, 2009 at 3:27 pm

I look back at the title Spray Painting Bunnies…hmm and I was wondering how you painted them! LOL

24 Christi March 16, 2009 at 3:47 pm

I saw that spread in Pottery Barn as well, and I already have one bunny. Now, just need to find another one.

25 Joy March 16, 2009 at 4:17 pm

They turned out great!

26 Meredith@MerchantShips March 16, 2009 at 4:33 pm

Much, much improved!

The eye on that right bunny was a little creepy : )

27 Lisa March 16, 2009 at 4:39 pm




28 Songbirdtiff March 16, 2009 at 5:00 pm

Very cute and I’m sure much less costly than PB. Spray paint=fun!

29 Laura Ingalls Gunn March 16, 2009 at 5:04 pm

What type of gold does a bunny like?
24 carrot of course!

30 Joanna March 16, 2009 at 5:25 pm

Love your bunnies! They turned out great!

31 Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam March 16, 2009 at 5:36 pm

Oh my goodness, good thing the rabbits are furbulous cuz your jokes were just hareible!
And off I hop into hibernation since I will never make it on the Tonight Show.
Good thing you love me anyhow.

32 Ruby Red Slippers March 16, 2009 at 5:40 pm

I spent the day spray painting BIRDS!!! Don’t you just love it???

33 Tamara March 16, 2009 at 6:06 pm

I must be missing the “style” these days because I love the colored bunnies – they just seem so cute and friendly and homey – the white ones just seem cold and lack personality… must be my two little girls that just love all things cuddly and animal… I think if I painted a bunny it would have to be some yummy shade of brown or even a sunny yellow… love your blog though!

34 Mind Your Manors March 16, 2009 at 6:09 pm

Do you have a Tuesday Morning close to you? I just bought 4 bunnies EXACTLY like the ones in PB for 6.99 a piece!


35 Jill -Forever and Ever House March 16, 2009 at 6:20 pm

What a difference!!

36 Wendy @ The Shabby Nest March 16, 2009 at 7:08 pm

Oh yes, they are much better in white! Have a “hoppy” day! (I couldn’t resist!)

37 Misti of Studio M Designs March 16, 2009 at 7:16 pm

I have GOT to get out my Easter decor! It’s been crazy busy around here, and I keep forgetting. Let me write that on my list for tomorrow… Later…love your riddles!

38 Laurel @ Ducks in a Row March 16, 2009 at 7:34 pm

Seriously, is there anything white spray paint can’t fix? They look great!

39 Pink & Green Mama March 16, 2009 at 7:35 pm

So cute! I love the new white bunnies Great job as always Kimba! Here’s my smiley face bunny for you =:)

40 Kara March 16, 2009 at 7:43 pm

I’ve been scouring thrift stores for weeks too, and I finally found a bunny. Can’t wait to transform him! Yours look great!!

41 Ashley @ Domestic Fashionista March 16, 2009 at 7:50 pm

What would we do without white spray paint?

Caauute Kimba! I’m going a huntin!

42 A Hint of Home March 16, 2009 at 8:46 pm

It’s so much fun to find good deals. Especially if an item only needs a fresh coat of paint. They turned out so cute.

43 Anita March 16, 2009 at 9:05 pm

Cracking me up…I was just at the thrift store and saw all kinds of bunnies…guess where I’m going tomorrow..?

44 Laurie March 16, 2009 at 9:06 pm

You had more luck than I did. I found 1 at Dollar Tree but have not had a chance to paint it yet. Checked at the Dollar General—nada. So the search continues. Great post, love the jokes—keep up the good work!

45 Darlene - Our Creative Life March 16, 2009 at 9:18 pm

So much better! That little one had scary looking eyes!

46 starsfault March 16, 2009 at 10:02 pm

Love the “receeding hare line…” !!

I did much the same thing, but with gesso and a cherub. I do have a bunch of bunnies, but some is dark green velvet, several others are covered with moss, I think I have a green bunny thing going… nice!

Blessings ~ Eileen @ Star’s Fault

47 Pretty Organizer March 17, 2009 at 12:01 am

Oh poo! I was going to post about my spray painted birdies! Man, now I’ve got to think up something else! Blogland is sooo competitive! I couldn’t find bunnies but dollar tree had the BEST birds! Love them Kimba girl!

48 Jessica March 17, 2009 at 3:00 am

I’ve been in bunny love for quite some time now…not just at Easter. Love the jokes…the bunnies came out beautiful…sweet, sweet, sweet!

49 Imperfect March 17, 2009 at 4:08 am

What a great idea. I love seeing what you are going to do next with your handy spray paint!

50 Mimi Sue March 17, 2009 at 6:28 am

Hahahaha. I love a good bunny joke or two. It’s so amazing what a little spray paint will do. Mimi

51 Em @ Bunch of Scrap March 17, 2009 at 9:20 am

Good score on the little buns, they look so much better white!

52 Stacey March 17, 2009 at 9:25 am

What a difference! I love the painted bunnies.

53 Caroline March 17, 2009 at 9:41 am

I love em, I love em, I love em!!!!
cute yet again! 😉 I bought a bird at dollar tree and pretty soon, he’ll be white!

54 Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality March 17, 2009 at 10:56 am

OK, so bring you and your cute white bunnies on over to my Spring Fluffing party that starts tomorrow! Aren’t they cute!

55 Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick March 17, 2009 at 1:11 pm

HARDY HAR! Love the bunnies!

56 Kim @ Forever Wherever March 17, 2009 at 7:38 pm

Loved the jokes girl! Your bunnies look great!

57 Julia @ Hooked on Houses March 18, 2009 at 6:03 am

I saw those white bunnies at Pottery Barn yesterday and wanted them soooo badly. Couldn’t justify spending the money on them, though. Love your solution! You’re the Queen of Spray Paint. And rabbit jokes. 🙂

58 Chari March 18, 2009 at 7:14 am

Hi Kimba…

Your bunnies are adorable all dressed out in their pretty, fresh coats of white!!! Love them!!!

Happy Spring Fluffing!

59 Amanda March 18, 2009 at 8:08 am

Ha – loved the bunny jokes! I got some bunnies the other day to spray paint, but it’s been cold and rainy. Since it’s warm today maybe I’ll try it. You’ve inspired me!

60 Anonymous March 18, 2009 at 9:00 am

Good Morning,

I came by last week and saw that ADORABLE wreath…

Love your bunnies and thanks for the jokes…very cute…

**What do you call a rabbit with fleas?

Bugs Bunny

Happy Spring,
Kathy 🙂

61 the pleasures of homemaking March 18, 2009 at 10:13 am

LOL – loved the jokes! The bunnies look great!


62 Jo - To a Pretty Life March 18, 2009 at 10:58 am

Your bunnies look so much better after you finished with them! They’re so cute!

63 Susie Q March 18, 2009 at 11:33 am

Cute! What’s invisible and smells like carrots?

Bunny farts?

64 Pixeltrash March 18, 2009 at 4:11 pm

Very sweet and my boys love the jokes!

65 Deb March 18, 2009 at 5:59 pm

Love those bunnies.


66 Jenny March 18, 2009 at 6:58 pm

Great idea! I love them!

67 rosecottagegardensandfarm March 21, 2009 at 7:20 pm

Love your bunnies–they turned out so cute!!

Happy spring!

68 Heathahlee March 31, 2010 at 10:37 am

I love them! The jokes AND the bunnies! : )
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