I gave both a coat of primer…
Then a few coats of white. From there, I took some 220-grit sandpaper and roughed up the appliqués and outside edges.
And I love how they turned out!
Total cost, $2. I took them to work to put on my desk and multiple people have walked by and complimented them. Just goes to show you that having a little imagination while standing in the middle of a [gross] thrift store (sometimes holding a gross item!) pays off!