Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Well look at that

 

The other day  I posted about making something that was not very pretty, into something beautiful.  I have been trying to see beyond the outer appearance of certain items.  Trying not to judge it by its ugly facade.

I have been wanting some birds, like I have been seeing on other people blogs.  Ya know the little birds that just tuck into little spaces, or might sit in a little nest under a little dome of glass.  Birds sorta like this....

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Well not exactly like this but close.  Anyway as luck would have it, Valarie want's something, and she can't find any.  So what is a girl to do.  Well about 9 months ago I probably would have just said "well darn it all".  That is not the case today.  Today I have information at my fingertips, I have the blog world.  Blog world has taught me about a wondrous thing called spray paint, and it is amazing.  As I was walking through my nifty dollar tree the other day I found these little guys.

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Let me just say they do not match the decorations in my house, and they kept looking at me.  See that gray one?  Yeah he sorta is creeping me out.  So I got me some spray paint and my trusty assistant and we went to town.  Well actually we just went to the backyard, but we went to town on the birds.  :)

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Do  you see that?  They are staring right at me.  I think they know what's coming.

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Leroy was quite interested in what was going on.

 

First we took some gray primer and sprayed on the little boogers.

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After that dries a bit, get some satin ivory spray paint and give them another coat with that.

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And there you go.  Cute ivory colored birds.  The cool thing that happened with these birds that I did not expect, was the gray primer peeked through just a bit in some spots.  It turned out ok, because they look a little weathered.  Now yesterday I found some little birds at Old Time Pottery for about $2.00.  I would say you could just go get some of those, but I realized from you comments on the previous post, that ya'll may not have access to one.  So if you have access to a dollar tree, you can do this for about $1.00 a bird.

When I get everything put out, I will take pictures and show you. 

ValSig1

24 comments:

Rambling Girl said...

Oh great those are staring at me also. hehehe...but they are cute with the paint. Don't you just love the fact someone out here has saved us money and given us lot more time to think how to decorate now. Just think we didn't even have to go to school for it. Well maybe just blogschool. Lol...love the birds and can't wait to see them all fixed up.

Lisa said...

Oh yeah... those birds knew what was coming!! They sure look cute now.. can't wait to see the end results!!

Life on the farm... said...

Wow what a difference, they look pretty.

Carrie said...

sooooooo cute!

Insight, Insanity, Imagination said...

they look great!!! I love them!

jennifer said...

Love it!!! I like "dry brushing" things that have a lot of texture like that. But the primer peaking through was probably much the same look!

You are just so crafty!

Debbie said...

Those are some nice looking birds now. You brought them from redneck to class act!

Birdie said...

what a nifty idea! no one says nifty anymore do they?? Oh and I just loved your donkey/mule or whatever he was, he was funny! thanks for the fridge tweet btw *S*

Muthering Heights said...

They look great...you would never know they were so cheap!

And Leroy is super cute...

The Southern Mom said...

All three of those birds creep me out! But so cute after they were sprayed!

I love, love, love OTM...I can't go to the airport or anywhere near Huntsville without going there!

Amy-littletoesandcheerios said...

Man, they were a little creepy at first but you made them look so much better. I have actually seen some sort of like that in victorian style shop.
Is that your donkey?
Thanks for your great advice with Madi.

Lorie said...

I will have to say that I didn't think paint could make those cute (I am not a bird person) But I was WRONG! They are cute! Dang spray paint can do anything!!!

Tausha said...

found your blog-love all the birds! I see those ugly birds all the time! I never thought to spray them up-and I love spray paint!
Really-i have a heck of a love affair going on with the little aresol devils!
Thanks for sharing the great, cheap idea!
i will be back to see what else you come up with!
Please, come and stop by and say hi-love to meet new friends!

Birdie said...

K for these birdies & all your craftiness I left you another award *L*

Woman said...

Love the birds!

Brandi said...

They are cute, can't wait to see what you do with them...

Marie said...

I'm happy to hear that I'm not the only one Suze Orman scard yesterday! lol By the end of the show I was ready to pull all our money out of our mutual funds. Thankfully my husband talked me down off the ledge. ha ha

LOVE your birds! I spray painted the exact Dollar Tree birds a while back. Great idea, isn't it??

RazorFamilyFarms.com said...

Precious!!!!

Aren't the adorable??

You are so creative!

Blessings!
Lacy

RazorFamilyFarms.com

Leigh said...

Oh! I like those. Very good idea! I like the weathered aged look too.

mah-meeee said...

wow! what a difference a little spray paint does to those birds!

can't wait to see pictures of them put out!

Lori @ Front Porch Legacy said...

Tag, you're it! I hope you're able to participate.

http://www.frontporchlegacy.com/Front_Porch_Legacy/Home/Entries/2008/9/24_Me%2C_Myself_%26_I.html

Ashley said...

Love It! You're like my little local bargain hunter. Haha! I have got to get to OTP!

Kasey Hunt said...

They look great. Good idea. I need accents to decorate our new basement. Those would be a great addition.

Roxanne said...

Love the birds. OK...I must be a little odd,but I thought they were kinda cute before the spray...lol.
I look at all sorts of things and say to myself or whoever might be with me....I could paint that and it would look so much better.Got to love paint !!!