I found a binder last year crammed full of photo album page protectors for 50¢. I originally only got it for the protectors but this has turned out to be a really sturdy binder so I gave it a face lift with some Brea Reese Acrylic Paint and stencils.
Someone gave this mug to me years ago as a coloring kit but the markers that came with it were water based (like Crayola) and would not stick to the surface. You think the company would know that. This was a time before brush alcohol markers and liquid alcohol ink. I tried using Sharpies but it left the surface really streaky. Fast forward YEARS later to using Brea Reese Alcohol Ink. Problem solved. I sprayed it with Krylon Clear UV-Resistant Clear Gloss and Krylon Acrylic Spray Paint Crystal Clear and now I have a colorful place to keep my pens.
If you try this, I wouldn't recommend using it as an actual mug to drink out of just because of the chemicals. Even though it does have a varnish, and you can find varnishes that are drink ware/dishwasher safe- it's still better to use these types of things for storage.
I found this wooden pineapple many moons ago at a yard sale. I painted it traditional pineapple colors when I was younger, even though I'm not a fan of pineapples- I just like painting stuff. I recently found it hanging out in a cabinet and all the colors had faded away with time so- time for a face lift! I used Brea Reese heavy body acrylics to cover with only one coat and sealed with clear varnish. Definitely worth the whole $.25 now!
Painted with Brea Reese Acrylic Paint