Monday, August 4, 2008

Don't Judge an Object by It's Color

Some people see the obvious,
while others see the potential.
Let's do a test.
What do you see in this picture?
Do you see a lovely apothecary jar, filled with flowering bulbs, surrounded by two hideous objects that look like they were once decorations in a cheap Las Vegas hotel? (I wonder how many weirdo's are going to search my blog because of those last four words?)
Or do you see two beautifully aged garden finials standing next to a nice vase filled with blooming tulips?
I saw the latter.
All it took was a little gray primer spray paint, with
off-white craft paint dry brushed on top.
(Definition of "dry brushed": load a small amount of paint onto the brush. Brush the excess paint off onto a paper towel until there is just a little paint remaining in the brush. With a light hand, apply paint onto the object)

Now do you see those
beautifully aged garden finials too?

23 comments:

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Your before and after photos amaze me. You have taught me to look past the color...and note the shape and potential in things!

If you get a chance, drop by my blog and look at the rabbit I got at the thrift store. I want to paint it, but don't really know exactly what to use. I would love your input!
diane

Darlene said...

I see them I do, I do......If there is anything I have learned from reading blogs it is...it can be painted!!!!! I always love seeing what you do.

Tausha said...

cheap las vegas decor huh? I was thinking those ugly things that people put on top of their christmas trees in the 70's~ Love the transform!

Valarie said...

Very, Very nice!

My Beautiful Mess! said...

Love it!!!

cindee said...

Since I love old junk, I saw the finials as awesome and full of potential. I would have chosen the same treatment you gave them!! Beautiful!!!!!!

Bella said...

Those look gorgeous! When I graduate from my spray painting, I will check out your technique! I'm still learning all of this crafty kind of stuff...very, very beautiful finials you have there now :)

Bella

Shirlee said...

Gosh, what were those things in their former life? They remind me of lightning rods but on a smaller scale.
Have a great day! Hope it's cooling off for ya. :)

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Yep.....beautiful! Love your dry brushing on them. Love the way you displayed them too. cherry

Empty Nest Full Life said...

I have started looking at things for what they could be instead of what they are at the moment. Thanks for the inspiration

megan said...

I just bought a big finial thingy from the thrift store on Saturday and had been trying to decide what color to paint it. I think that I am liking this finish. Very much!

Christy said...

Very nice!

Connie said...

Simply marvelous! You work wonders!
~Connie

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

What a great treatment--the dry brushing looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

Blessings,
Stacey

Chris said...

Believe me, I had no doubt the "after" pictures were gonna be great! I love them.

Blanca said...

I see it. These look fantastic.


Blanca

Susie Harris said...

I see em'.... looking all pretty now! Love that jar too. Where did it go? I think I need it...hehe Susie h~

Mrs. Trixi said...

What an amazing job you do with everything.

Shabby Addict said...

Wow! That looks great!I especially like the shade of gray that you chose to use. The dry brushing was the perfect finishing touch!

Blissful Nikki said...

WOW!! SOOOOOOOOOO much better! :)

lelly said...

your talent just makes me smile!

Craig said...

Ok, I know this is an old post, but I just discovered your blog. Love it! This particularly caught my eye and made me laugh because I have the exact same thingy sitting on my mantel right now. It is still the same brassy orange color at the moment, but when I bought it at Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago for $2, my plan was (and still is) to paint it.
Hubby said it looked like some kind of WWI bomb. A goofy male dinner guest said I had it upside down and it was meant to be stuck in the ground next to a headstone, with flowers in it.
Nice to see that someone shares my vision. Great job, BTW!

Holly
(posting under dh's acct)

Cottagecheap said...

I love to see potential in things. I get goodies at Goodwill that other people pass up, usualy because they are a garish color.

Sadly, I have to admit a part of me didn't see garden finials it saw a CSI backstory in the making. :-D

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