Faux Vintage Trophy Tutorial

I absolutely love the look of vintage trophy's.
But they are very hard to find and usually come with a hefty price tag.

So when I found this plastic trophy at Party City I thought it would be fun to attempt a make over.

I started by giving it several coats of French Linen chalk paint.
My four year old got very upset when he saw this and informed me that he liked the trophy better "shiny".

Next I used a stencil brush to "pounce" on some white craft paint.
I went a little over board, but that is ok.
The whole point is to build up layers so that your trophy has patina.

A little more French Linen and it is looking better.

Next I used some dark gray craft paint.
You want some of the colors underneath to show through, thus giving the trophy the look of being tarnished.

Finally I mixed some black craft paint into a dollop of furniture wax and applied it to the trophy
 with a paper towel.

After the wax drys (which happens very quickly) I buffed it with a rag, so there was a slight sheen, which is appropriate for a trophy.

Now all that's left to do is have fun moving around your house.! 
Not bad for $5.00 + paint.
But I did promise Levi I would go back to Party City and get him a shiny one. :)

Linking Up To:
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Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
The Inspiration Exchange @ City Farmhouse
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage


  1. What a great idea! Wouldn't it be great if you could gather various sizes to do that with too. Your technique made it look very real.

  2. Love this technique! Now I'm looking around my house to see what I can transform...

  3. Aren't you smart! It looks great.

  4. That is a great makeover! No one would ever guess what lies below :) Hope you have a great weekend!

  5. Lisa I LOVE this!Yes I agree the real trophy's are a bit out of my price range too! I love this alternative!I would have never guessed that was plastic!

  6. That sounds like something my son would say, but I think the makeover looks great!

  7. I can't believe it is the same trophy! Amazing!

  8. You are so creative, Lisa! Fabulous transformation!! Such a great form. It does not look like plastic at all. Looks a lot heavier.
    x Loi

  9. Lisa! I so lové trophy cups as well, my friends find the old ones but I never seem to be in the right place at the right time to find them myself.
    I could so do this.... You have inspired the love of trophy cuts that can stand in for the real ones until one finds the real deal :))

    You did a creative job in adding old to something less then what it is now.!!

    Thank you for gracing your beauty over at my place where I took an old saw horse and turned it into a side table to love, now I need your trophy cup to beautify the surface.


  10. What a great transformation! So clever :)

  11. That looks so awesome! Such a great idea and a bargain too! xo

  12. Gorgeous transformation and great technique!
    Thanks for this lovely sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:

  13. Wow! This is fabulous! Lovely styling!



  14. I love this, it looks amazing. What a great idea. I would love for you to link up to my ongoing party - Inspire Me --http://www.astrollthrulife.net/2013/08/179th-inspire-me-tuesday.html Hope to see you there. Hugs, Marty

  15. Oh my, what a fabulous idea!! I am totally on the lookout for old trophies now!! I love it! And would be totally thrilled if you had the time to share it at our new mega-party Work it Wednesday if you haven't already. Each link will be shown on 4 blogs! Work it Wednesday

    - Krista @ the happy housie

  16. You are so clever! It turned out so nice and no one would ever guess it is a $5 plastic trophy. Love your story about your son and the trophy!

  17. Simply genius! That looks fantastic!!

  18. It just so happens that we have this very trophy (well, the shiny version LOL). We gave it to our little grandson after his "dance" recital, and I did a post on his and his sister's "awards." Boy, do I wish I'd had your post then! It turned out great (but I suspect he'd agree with your son that shiny is better! LOL). Great job!

  19. That's adorable that your son wanted a shiny one! :-) Your version is very cool- what a great idea! Julia

  20. So clever. I've done a similar thing to a plastic urn. It would be better though if I didn't feel compelled to tell everyone it's actually plastic! Xx Sharon

  21. That is awesome!!! You are so smart! It looks fabulous

  22. Love this redo! Whodduh thunk? Thanks for sharing lady! Hope your week has been amazing!

  23. I can't wait to try this! Maybe my husband will give me some of his old trophies, eh? :o)

    Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces

  24. Hope you bought another bright shiny one for your son's room :O

  25. this is adorable!!!! I'm always looking for trophies but IF you can find them they are so expensive. I am def. stealing this idea!!!