The Craft In Me

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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Owl Makeover Before/After






I found these brass figurines glancing through the thrift store shelves a couple days ago.




I hadn't known these owls for long but I could tell it was time for a change and I knew the perfect transformation for these little brass birds.







They first needed some cleaning so with an old toothbrush and some detergent I prepped them for their shiny new coats.





There was no skipping the priming step, it helps with adhesion plus it allows the bright paint to stay true to its color with minimal coats.





I initially thought to use spray paint for a nice even coverage. But since I was going to paint three different colors and I wouldn't need that much paint I decided to use regular acrylic craft paint and a paint brush. The acrylic paint and brush work well since there is a lot of texture to the figurines which doesn't show many brush strokes.












The soft bright colors give them a clean and ceramic look.


Hooo hooo!

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31 comments:

  1. These are adorable! Great job!

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  2. what great colors you choose for these little cuties! They look like fun little wise owls.

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  3. Those are cute! I have two very similar ones for my son's new room that I am about to paint also! :)

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  4. Such a difference! Great eye, I would have ignored them on the shelf. I kind of want them!

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  5. Very cool owls, little lady. I love them!

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  6. Those look so great & I'd never have guessed they weren't ceramic! Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday:)

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  7. Very cute! Where are you going to put them?

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  8. Very cute idea! Hootie Hoot!

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  9. OMG!!!! I have those brass owls!

    http://momundecided.blogspot.com/2010/06/garage-sale-finds.html

    It never occured to me to paint them!!!!

    I'll be using this a feature this coming week - because I'm going to copy your idea....now.

    Sam
    Mom.Undecided.
    http://momundecided.blogspot.com/
    (Come on over - I’m hosting a giveaway this week!)

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  10. I think those are adorable. I need them in my garden to scare away the rabbits or maybe in a guest room. I love them and will now look at brass figurines differently. Can't wait to see where you put them.

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  11. I luv these! The colours are so fun and whimsical :-)
    Thanks for dropping by DesignTies... we hope to see you again soon!!
    Victoria

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  12. Cute! I love the colors! I have a thing for owls, great job!

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  13. LOVE those colors (happen to be my wedding colors actually), they turned out great and now they are so fun!

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  14. New follower.

    Those are adorable! I love your fabric earrings.

    http://mycurrenthobby.blogspot.com/

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  15. I love the new updated look so very pretty

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  16. Love the new look -- and LOVE those colors together! They look great! :)

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  17. OOOOOOO so cute! I love these adorable HOOTS! Thanks for linking up to Hoo's got talent!

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  18. I am ♥ing these precious owls!!!! I redid a pair of owls recently myself - from country-style to silver mod! Here's the link if you're interested:
    http://sceneofthegrime.blogspot.com/2010/06/thrift-owls-80s-kitsch-to-2010-mod.html
    You did a wonderful job! ♥Laurie from Scene of the Grime

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  19. They are adorable, very modern with the bright new colors! Excellent work!

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  20. very very cute. love the colors you used.

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  21. Hello!

    Just a heads up that this project will be featured on my Lazy Sunday Post! Make sure and stop by to check it out!

    Sam
    Mom.Undecided.
    http://momundecided.blogspot.com/

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  22. Oh my goodness, I love them!
    Thank you for sharing!
    Leticia

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  23. They are splendid....wish they were mine. Why can't I ever find cool stuff like that in thrift/op shops. Great work. Hugs Naomi

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  24. These are adorable! Totally something you'd see on a posh design show for a chic accessory! Love the colors, too. Very cool.

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  25. wow! these turned out SOOOOO cute! Now I'm going to have to be on the look out for some "cute" brass figures!

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  26. Love your work!!!
    Handmade Crochet Accessories

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  27. They are so cute! I love them! I have some brass horses that could use a facelift they look cheesy right now, but they we 50 cents for the pair at a yardsale! Thanks for the idea! Much appreciated!

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  28. so cute. what a great idea to paint them different colors. love your bold choices!

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  29. Too cute! I wouldn't have given them a second thought in their original state. Very cool! Thanks for linking up!

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  30. I was wondering if you'd be interested in a blog swap? I've just spent an hour looking through your blog, I love it! I couldn't find your email, so if you'd send me a message we could set up a day? Say yes! :) Thanks,

    Vanessa

    nv.craftenvy@gmail.com

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Thank you so much for your comments! :)