The Pig and the Timer

Once upon a time there was a pig and a timer.

Both of them were sad, lonely, and homeless… and in need of a little makeover love.

They came from completely different backgrounds, and I rescued them at different times from two different thrift stores.

Little did any of us know that they were destined to become the best of friends.

wooden pig chef

This adorable $2 wooden pig chef that I thrifted last year is 16″ tall when standing.

I’m not normally a collector of pig stuff, but when I saw him sitting on the thrift store shelf I felt for him… and I became determined to find him a new home. He was for sale in my etsy shop for awhile, but sadly nobody wanted him.

To pick up his spirits I decided to adopt him myself, and I named him Pierre.

Doesn’t he look like a Pierre?

So if Pierre was going to be a permanent fixture in my kitchen he was going to need to look less like Switzerland and more like Tuulaland.

His hat and kercheif were perfect for one of the quickest makeovers known to bloglandia.


wooden pig chef makeover

It took all of 30 seconds, and he’s gone from bland to grand… from sad to rad… from sappy to happy.

You get the picture. 🙂

Thanks to a red sharpie Pierre is now the head chef mascot of my aqua and red kitchen makeover.

I’ve never had a room mascot before. This might start a whole new thing!

Now that he’s been Tuulafied I bet he’d sell, but he’s mine… all mine.

Doesn’t his smile look just a little bit smilier? 🙂


kitchen timer makeover


To keep Pierre company I found this sweet little $1 stainless steel timer.

I just knew there was a fun personality underneath that steely shell, and all it needed was a little Tuulafication to bring it to the surface.


kitchen timer makeover

After I taped it all up I realized that I only wanted the bells to be painted on the top, so I removed them and spray painted them separately with Rust-Oleum Apple Red.

I also decided to paint the whole dial.

So it took about five minutes to turn this sweet little timer into fun and funky Timmy the kitchen timing machine.

I swear that his ring sounds just a little bit ringier. 🙂


wooden pig chef and kitchen timer

And here they are… Pierre the Pig Chef and Timmy his trusty timer companion.


Under $100 kitchen reveal after

Here they are in my kitchen makeover reveal.

They’re now permanent citizens of the aqua and red kitchen of Tuulaland, where they’ll both live happily ever after… never to be sad, lonely, or homeless again.

The moral of this story?

Different backgrounds don’t matter. It’s finding what we have in common that does. 🙂

In decorating, and in life.

Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!


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  1. ColleenB.~Texas says:

    OMG how cute and adorable they R. Love how you redone the timer. The red really sets it off beautifully.
    Now all Pierre the Pig Chef needs is something to hold in his pigs feet; miniature whisk, wooden spoon, rolling pin, or mini stock pot sitting beside him or something.
    Great job on the little make-over.

    1. Thanks Colleen! Giving Pierre something to hold is a fabulous idea. I think I have a mini rolling pin somewhere. I’ll be sure to incorporate it before the final kitchen reveal. Thanks for the suggestion. 🙂

  2. Totally fun!! I used to collect pigs. After moving twice and lugging them around with me, I finally got rid of them in any way I could…giving, thrifting, selling…..now I have just a few piggy banks and all the tiny ones I had (under 2″ tall). Oh, and all the pig Christmas ornaments. Kept those. I agree with Colleen, a tiny red handled whisk would be great in Pierre’s hand!! Dona

    1. Thanks Dona! Wow, that sounds like you had quite the collection. It’s nice that you kept some of your faves. I agree that Pierre holding something would be a nice finishing touch. I’m pretty sure I have a little rolling pin somewhere that will do nicely, but I’ll also be on the lookout for other mini kitchen thingies so I can switch them out just for fun. 🙂

  3. Great little makeovers and I love the way you told your story! I think I could be happy living in Tuulaland with Pierre and Timmy
    if it weren’t up in Canada!

    1. lol. I hear you Linda! Tuulaland got dumped up with 6 inches of snow last night, and it’s still snowing.

  4. Mary Boger says:

    Great makeovers! Pierre has flair. Little spots of whimsy
    just make a day brighter. I agree, Pierre needs to hold something.
    If he lived with me I fear I’d be changing his accessory often.
    Timmy the Timer will take a licking and keep on ticking
    with his red spots. I’m the kind of person whose grandfather
    clock wears hats for the holidays. Enjoy reading your
    posts. I’ve always dreamed of living in a small town!!

    1. Thanks Mary! Yes Pierre will definitely have an accessory before the final kitchen reveal. Love that your grandfather clock wears hats for holiday. That is so fun!

  5. Ha! what a huge difference those little touches make. I salute you, oh queen of the thrifty makeover!

    1. Thanks for the crown Michelle. 🙂 I’ve never been a queen before, not even at Halloween.

  6. I bet he looks good in your kitchen makeover.

    LOL…..I thought I was the only one keeping Krylon and Rustoleum in business.

    Never thought about using a sharpie, great idea.

    Can’t wait to see the reveal.

    Happy weekend from Mississippi. It’s suppose to be storming. But, we are headed to Laurel, about 1 1/2 hours from our town of Crystal Springs. Going to a city wide rummage sale in their convention center. They said all the booths were sold out. Can’t wait!

    1. Thanks Ramona! Love big rummage sales like that. I hope you find a lot of great stuff. Happy weekend from Ontario! 🙂

  7. I’m giving you an A+ for amazing shopper.
    These are both fantastic finds. Enjoy!

    1. Thanks so much Connnie! 🙂

  8. Both so cute and you just made them better! I would love a timer like that. Our digital timers drive me nuts and one of these days I’m going to end up throwing one across the room! Great job. xo Kathleen Our Hopeful Home

    1. lol. I know what you mean Kathleen. I’m an old fashioned girl when it comes to clocks and timers. This little cutie works great!

  9. Pierre is fabulous and perfectly paired with your fun timer! So fun!

    1. Thanks Cecilia! Pierre and that little timer have become two of my favourite things.

  10. Love these cute makeovers! And the red and aqua kitchen makeovers are still going strong!

    1. Thanks AnnMarie! And I still have a few more makeovers to go.