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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Before and After: Robin Egg Blue for the Bird Garden

I originally planned this lawn set makeover for Funky Junk’s “Robin Egg Blue” link up a few weeks ago.  It didn’t work out but I definitely wanted to go forward with the plan and kept working on them until I finally got them done.


Here’s what I started with… bland, bland, bland.  I don’t think it could get any more boring.  When Donna posted the “Robin Egg Blue” challenge, I didn’t think it was very interesting.  I don’t use that color in my home.  But as I was sitting at Himself’s desk I saw these sitting at the edge of the Bird Garden.

Hmmmmm… bird garden…robin egg blue.  Worked for me! 


They looked pretty good in blue.  But they still needed “something”.  So I started trying to figure out a way to add a bit of character to them.  In one of my blog reads I saw some silhouettes and knew that was just what I wanted to use.

Trick is, how to make a stencil. I ended up using contact paper that I traced my pattern onto.

Next obstacle was how to protect the blue paint. I was a bit afraid to tape it. Didn’t know if the paint would lift. So I tried using some CHEAP aluminum foil I had on hand from another project in the works. It works great! Other places I had to tape… so I did it very carefully.

After that all I had to do was peel and stick the stencil then spray on the brown paint. A couple days cure time until I could apply 5 coats of poly to protect it.


I am SO happy with how they turned out! 






9 comments:

  1. Lovely! Great to see the before and after shots.

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  2. Oh Teri! Those are totally darling. I just adore that color combination and of course the birdies! That's a good tip to use contact paper too, I would have never thought of that. And a bird garden, how dreamy is that to have a bird garden!!! ~Lili

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  3. It's funny I found a googled image just like one of the birds and used it to make a stencil out of contact paper too. I used it on a lamp shade for my daughter's room.

    Here's the link if you're interested
    http://always-in-wonder.blogspot.com/2010/09/new-lamp-for-rians-room.html

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  4. What fun chairs! They will look great in your garden, I'm sure :)

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  5. Wow you really brought those to life! Love the bird motif you added, they are beautiful. Great job. Oh and thanks for the foil tip, gonna try that.

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  6. SO cute! Great job, and I love the creative idea of using tin foil! I'm definitely going to have to try that one. :)

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  7. They are a far cry from blah now! I just love the bird silhouettes. What a fabulous burst of inspiration!

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