Thursday, March 8, 2012

Flipping the Birdcage......

Spring is definitely in the air, cuz my painting hand is hankering for projects, and my procrastinating alter ego is incommunicado. 

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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  1. It sure is! I thought it was kind of cute originally, but it's just gorgeous now.

    1. Thanks Barbara! I originally thought I'd just paint it to match the wire, to give the illusion of all metal. But in the end, my beloved Aqua reigned supreme. Might have something to do with the need for blue sky....:)

  2. Gah - the new paint color is such an improvement! How nice that your procrastinating alter ego is on holiday -- perhaps I can send mine to join yours...

    1. Thanks Amy! Well, you better pack your alter ego's suitcase with warm clothes, cuz I've exiled mine to the Arctic Circle for an attitude adjustment......:)

  3. That is sure cute now! I have a bird cage that I have been contemplating painting, too.

  4. Holy moly - you must have the patience of Job, girl! That birdcage is so beautiful now! I'm really loving Duck Egg more and more! :)

    xoxo laurie

  5. wow!! love it! what a difference painting it made.

    barbara jean

    ps came over from Donna's funky junk party.

  6. Oh yes! So pretty! Kudos to your steady hand.

  7. Thank you Ladies! Even when I complete a project just for me, it is very rewarding when others appreciate my effort as much as I do!

  8. What a greta piece and beautiful job! Please come by my linky party hapening now to link it up - I would love to see you there!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  9. It is really beautiful, I would love to have something like this in my house!!


  10. Visiting from Transformation Thursday! I love this project! Such a great idea and you are truly talented!

    Thanks for the inspiration.


  11. Stopping by from Transformation Thursday!


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