Case in point: I've had this little decorative birdcage for a couple years now. It had good, charming bones, but seriously needed a better paint color. It's been moved from room to room, gathering dust and waiting to be transformed.
It had a none too exciting metal tree stuck in the base,
with none too exciting painted birds perched on the branches.
So I pulled out the tree and birds, patched up the hole,
and went to town on the transformation.
Now I could have easily just got out the can of spray paint,
but I was fond of the wire color already.
So naturally, I proceeded with my usual M.O.,
and chose to painstakingly hand-paint the wood trim only.
When I say painstakingly, I mean painting
around the wire without touching it.
At times it was like playing Operation,
but fortunately my professional painting hand
is remarkably steady. The same cannot
be said for the manufacturer's painter,
so I had to do some color-matching to cover up
the messies on the wire.
After layers of Annie Sloan chalk paints,
of Duck Egg Blue, Provence, a lightened Olive,
and finally, clear and dark wax,
this little beauty is a real stunner now!
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