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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! 


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

  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

  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

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

  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.

  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. :)

  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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