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Monday, July 29, 2013

Chalk Painting A Bird Cage ... Act II

I’ve had a thing for birdcages since the first Harry Potter movie. Sooo many beautiful cages, and all with the divine old-fashioned shapes.
I acquired this decorative cage several years ago, and though not terribly old, I still appreciated its classic lines. After staring at it year after year, putting things in it for Spring and Halloween, I’ve finally decided to enhance it a bit, and sell it to another home. Do you remember when I painted this cage?
Because this one had wood trim, it had obvious placement for the paint. This time, the entire cage is made of metal, and the only solid surface is the base, which wouldn’t have been interesting enough for my taste.
I approached it the same way I do when painting a home’s interior. I look for any attributes with great potential, and give them the star treatment. So I analyzed it a little more, and it did indeed have some fine points to accentuate. The wires that I enhanced, though few and far between, really gave this cage architectural interest. Before...
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The finial on top emphasizes the height.Before...
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The 4 corner wires on the lid really highlight the shape.Before...
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The scrolly details on all 4 sides now look more like doors,Before...
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And the solid base and its scrolled sides now look more substantial.
The finish on the wire was a dark brown Bronze color, which I love, so the majority was left alone. I chose dark Turquoise because it’s reminiscent of verdigris, and swished some Kelly green on it to give it some energy. But really, who am I kidding….I needn’t make an excuse for painting with Turquoise. It’s always a good day to paint any shade of Aqua.
The Turquoise and Green were great together and really caught the light, but I still wanted more depth, so I finished the painted areas with clear and dark wax.
Need I mention that of course I used chalk paint. Spray painting has its place (not often with me), but when I’m picking and choosing individual wires to paint, it certainly wouldn’t be sensible.
Speaking of sensible, I once again committed to painting detail work on and around individual wires. And then waxing them. Yep, that’s me…..

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