23 Apr 2013

A Happier Ceramic Owl

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.

Ferdinand and the 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.  

Rustoleum 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.  

Spray Painted White Ceramic Owl

Less stern looking?  I think so.

Spray Painted White Ceramic Owl with Pink Cording

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.

Pink Cord

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.

Basement Bathroom with Spray Painted Ceramic Owl

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.

Basement Bathroom with Spray Painted Ceramic Owl

Basement Bathroom with Spray Painted Ceramic Owl

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.


20 comments:

  1. yeah, he looked like he was angry before.... now he doesn't look as mad. he looks sleek and sophisticated.

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  2. So pretty now. Love the pink detail on the bottom!

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    1. Thanks Julia....the pink my favorite part too!

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  3. Hah, definitely less stern looking! Nice job.

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    1. Thank you....at least I achieved what i set out to do!

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  4. I do have an owl like that! I also spray painted it white and he looks so much happier now :)

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    1. Well great minds think alike then! I'd had enough of his sternness!

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  5. Yes, he looked very stern before painting him! I really like him all white and the pink is a great touch. It still looks a tiny bit stern, so I think that it's terribly cute to have him in the toilet staring down the visitor! :)

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  6. Sorry - it's a cute owl and all - but it's a HIM. Yup, it's gotta be a wise old male owl and he looks great with a little pink!

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  7. The owl looks great, and that bull is so fantastic.

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  8. He looks like a good watch-dog for the powder room; wouldn't freak me out at all :) I absolutely can't wait for Spring yard sales!!

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  9. Love the transformation - looks just like the owl was white ceramic to begin with! Thanks for the comfort grip tip - I haven't had much luck getting an even coat with spray paint, so I'll give this a try.

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    1. Yes, for sure give it a try - it's amazing the difference it makes!

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  10. He is so cute now! I the splash of pink at the bottom, too! I have two similar Ferdinands myself...hilarious...using them as bookends now! :) Jesse @ Scout & Nimble

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    1. Awe, thanks Jesse. Bookends is pretty smart....I think I now need to find another Ferdinand! Maybe a Fernanda? I'll glitter her in another colour!

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  11. He was meant to be glossy white! Definitely less stern looking. :)

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  12. LOVE. I wish I had a pretty owl like this. And I think he's cute right there on the toilet.

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  13. Love him, and his pink perch! I am growing very fond of owls, must keep my eye out for the angry one, brilliant and not so angry with simple paint!

    ~Laurie @ Vin'yet Etc.

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    1. Thanks Laurie. I am sure if you hit up a few garage sales you will find one....they seem to be everywhere.

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  14. This morning I curated a "DIY Ceramic Animal Hall of Fame" collection (obviously, just my humble opinions) and this made the list! Obviously, not everything on the list is very “ceramic-y” but they are all adorable. That pink addition is perfect; I would love to find an owl like this for myself! The post is here: http://paintingsunny.com/2013/06/21/diy-ceramic-animal-hall-of-fame/

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