I had planned to paint some tables, but we continue to get rain - the good soaking kind. So except a quick spray paint or two, I have been limited to small projects.
Here is the final reveal -You know I don't like waiting for it. Sorry the photo is so dark. I could not get the light right.
You will notice the theme here is Americana - this to offset my British Invasion of last week. I stuck with the colonial red Rust-Oleum spray paint and added touches of blue and white craft paint. Warning a slew of bad photographs, but you know I love pictures!
Next up was the easiest transformation if you can even call it that. A tin planter in a white chicken wire container found at a yard sale and re-found under the bed.
Tied a label of Lady Liberty resting by the flag with her pet eagle with navy ribbon. DONE!
This little red basket was also easy. It was already painted. I tied on a label and some stars and stripes ribbon. Shazam, it was DONE!
This is actually a during picture - I forgot to take a before. It was a wooden planter painted blue. I sanded down the finish, cleaned out the inside and painted in there with red spray paint.
The after shows a spiffy ready-for-the-Fourth container sporting white stars (just free-handed with white craft paint). Threaded a wire through the metal band at the top and attached a tag. Say it with me, DONE!
The country blue duck on a stick was next. Had to get rid of the tole painting (though it was not bad painting). I just had a thought - what if all the cutesy, country, tole-painted wooden things are the antiques of the FUTURE!?! I personally must have painted way over a hundred things; I am just doing my part to eradicate them!
Applied an all-over coat of colonial red.
Teaser alert: If it ever stops raining for two days straight, you will find out what all these white boxes stacked in my living room are!
Restraint being the key word - I painted a small white star for each eye and three white stars around the base. I added a navy stripe at the top of the base. Attached the "Wake Up America" tag with navy ribbon. DONE!I think he would make a great centerpiece!
SAVED MY FAVORITE FOR LAST!I really did not like this bird. I do not even remember buying it. It smelled like extreme moth balls (it was rolled up in plastic and sealed in a bag). It might have been part of a big box of junk, I mean, treasures from an estate sale. I called it the what-the-heck bird. Obviously hand-carved and mounted on a real branch, someone must have loved it at some time.
I cleaned all the dust from him and soaked the base in cheap dollar store vanilla. Then took him outside with a can of satin white spray paint and went to work. I sprayed three times to get into all the cracks. I began to see his appeal. He began to beguile me with his charms. He looked cute sitting in that white box. I told myself, what the heck, give him a chance!
SO I DID!
I Elmer Glued moss around the base and gave him a little wax. (Remember: glue first, wax second!) Now little what-the-heck bird is what-the hunk bird! I know I said I was getting rid of everything and I already kept the red toolbox from my home shopping experience, but this little fellow may perch on my mantel for a few weeks before he migrates south to the antique mall!
These were the projects I managed to finish today. I did prep work to a whole lot more so come back and check my progress. Start guessing about that stack a white boxes - we're supposed to have some sunny days next week!