This is going to be the week of the simple projects. Seriously. This one, and the other project I am going to post this week, are both about 10 minute projects. We've been busy over the past few weeks so all I've had time for is quick little makeovers. BUT, even though they are quick, I think they still make a pretty big impact. The best part though is that I am totally in love with both of them. Easy things make me happy!
Back in the fall we went garage sale-ing in the snow one weekend where we picked up a ton of good stuff including the hexagon end tables, Ferdinand and a ceramic owl.
I've been hanging on to the owl for months just waiting for a space for him. I also couldn't decide on colour for him (maybe it's a her??), so I had to stew on it....for months.
He's actually been sitting on my desk right near the computer for a while just staring at me. He started to freak me out a bit. He was too stern. Some lightening up was necessary.
You know what happened next, right?
It starts with an S and ends with a T. 2 words. Clearly I am no good at charades because I couldn't come up with a 'sounds like' phrase. (I even googled it!).
The answer is Spray Paint....in case my clues weren't obvious!
I primed him with a coat of Rustoleum Primer Spray Paint and then gave him 3 coats of Painter's Touch High Gloss White.
The primer is key here. I find it saves a ton of time with ceramics and prevents drips by giving the gloss paint a surface to grip onto. Totally worth the time and money. My other spray paint tip is to use a Comfort Grip.
Mine looks just like this one. I bought it at The Home Depot, but I've seen them in most of the home improvement stores. It makes SUCH a difference. It saves your finger from cramping, but mostly it makes a much more even and smooth spray as it maintains constant pressure. Worth the $10!
Anyhow....after being hit with some spray paint I then added a bit of neon cording to brighten him up a bit more.
Less stern looking? I think so.
It's hard to be stern when you are balancing on a hot pink perch!
The pink is some cording that I had left over from my DIY Yoga Strap. I bought it at The Home Depot in the rope section. I just wrapped it around and hot glued the end. Totally removable if I decide to change the colour down the road.
My poor ceramic animals....they start out all manly and dignified and are then glammed up with something florescent or glittery.
This guy has taken up residence in our basement bathroom.
I have him on top of the toilet for now, but he might move once I finish things in the awkward corner beside the toilet. Is it weird to have an owl behind you while you pee? I think maybe, just a little.
So tell me.....do any of you have an owl like this? If so, did you paint it? Since I bought mine I've seen the exact same one at multiple sales. Will it freak people out if I leave him on the toilet?
P.S. Our town is hosting a dog photo contest and the top 3 winners get a gift card to The Bone & Biscuit, which is a great little pet shop. Diefenbaker is in the contest and we'd love to win since he goes through A LOT of food and the gift card would be a huge help. The contest is based on Facebook 'likes' on his photo. I'd be super grateful if you have a minute to vote for him. You do have to be logged into Facebook for the link to work. Thanks friends! Vote here.