Stylish Mannequin Make-over

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Meet Fifi... she was lost but now she's found.

Stylish Mannequin Make-over

Another example of how exercise is a good thing

While out walking with my friends one evening we happened upon this lovely lady.  Yep, believe it or not she was standing on the side of the road... and not in a good way. 

We called her Fifi because her label says she's Tres Chic
Fifi was broken off her stand and just kind of hanging there so I grabbed her by the waist and walked her home... must have been a funny sight.

I fixed her stand and Fifi stood in the corner of my room for about 6 months. I knew I wanted to do something with her but wasn't sure what, until one day it hit me... she was just not my style.... loose the French! 

This was going to be my own personal mannequin challenge.


Today was the day so I brought her down to the basement and began by removing all the frilly trim around the arm holes and down the side of the body.  I love the deconstructed look she was about to have. 

Next I painted the entire body of the mannequin with 2 coats of Fusion Mineral Paint in Algonquin

Stylish French  Mannequin Make-over

That worked well and this lovely lady's make-over was well on its way.

The next thing I did was to paint the base coal black, again using Fusion Mineral Paint. I love the paint because there is no need for a top coat and the paint is self-leveling so there are no streaks. 

Stylish Mannequin Make-over using Fusion

Finally I painted both the top finial and the round knob on the base with Bronze metallic by Fusion. The metallics are fabulous and this bronze color could not have been more perfect! 

Adding to this beauty is a bronze tag added to the neck. 

Stylish Mannequin Make-over using Fusion mineral paint

I'm not even finished and Fifi is looking cooler already!

The next step involves one of my favorite Old Sign Stencils by Funky Junk Interiors.

I began a little unconventionally with the stencil, I wrapped it around the mannequin and traced inside of the letters with a pencil. I painted in the letters using the black and a small brush. 

Stylish Mannequin Make-over from French to fabulous

This technique worked well for me since the stencil had a little difficulty wrapping around Fifi's cute little figure. 


Stylish Mannequin Make-over

When the paint dried I attached the stencil back on the mannequin with spray adhesive and tape. Using a foam pouncer, I stenciled on the rest of the letters.  

Stylish Mannequin Make-over using Algonquin Fusion paint

Ooh-ooh I was loving the new look! Bye-bye Fifi !!

Stylish French Mannequin Make-over to the deconstructed look

She was definitely not a Fifi anymore and so much more my style! 




Stylish Deconstructed Mannequin Make-over



I stuck her back in the corner of my room where she was but now she actually goes with the style of my bedroom.


Stylish Mannequin Make-over using paint and stencils

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11 comments

  1. i LOVE what you did with her!!! i have quite a few mannequins that i use for displays for our show and pop up sales! ours were found on the curb also...in a neighborhood near us! great idea to add a little 'umph' to them! you are so creative! thanks for sharing!

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    1. You are very welcome Debi and thanks so much for following! I think you should decorate one of yours too!

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  2. Wow.....a little love does wonders for Fifi! Great job.

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  3. Ok, I have to ask! Did you give her a new name with her new look? haha I love what you did with her and yes, she looks way better than she did before! Don't you love when a random treasure find comes together so amazingly? Such a feeling of accomplishment!

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    1. I haven't thought of anything yet... any ideas for a new name? LOL Definitely not a FIfi anymore!

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  4. Super sharp and stunning rendition of a mannequin, Susan! MY kinda vintage! Love the black and white!

    I've featured you in this weekend's DIY Salvaged Junk Projects. Thanks for linking up! :)

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    1. Thanks so much Donna, your stencils made it easy to give this lady an awesome makeover!

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  5. I LOVE what you did Susan!!The stenciling is just perfect!! 😍😍

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