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Sunday, September 11, 2011

A Hot Mess Turned Into a Mighty Steed

I shared with you some of my finds I found last weekend while out thrifty shopping here. My most expensive find was this horse head someone with a, um shall we say, different sort of decor sense, spray painted bright lime green.  I mean seriously, what could they have been thinking??Now some of you would have looked at it and kept on walking.  Not me, I looked deep into his eyes and sensed sadness. This once mighty stead was destined for the glue factory. He was humiliated.  His honor was covered in a fugly paint job. Into my cart he went!  I was determined to return him to him his pride and glory.


After a quick trip to Home Depot, and if by quick you mean an hour or so while I perused all of the mums and asters and loaded more than a few into my cart, I was ready.

Check out my paint station please.  Yes, as you can see, I do my best spray painting on top of this 55 gallon drum that once was my garden rain barrel.  Fear not, Mr. B built me a new super high tech rain water containment system that I will share with you in a future post. 

I decided I needed to cover that lime green first.  I had a can of Valspar satin black spray paint on hand and knew that would do the job nicely.


It took several coats but the green was gone!  I do believe I saw a sparkle in my stead's eye!  Okay, agreed,  maybe it was the fumes.

Oh Wow!!  He looks so much better already doesn't he? 
After letting that dry for a bit, if a bit is 15-20 minutes, I grabbed one the blog worlds not so secret weapon of choice. TaTaTaDa!  Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze.  ORB to those of you in the on the secret.  I  initially thought I might give him the go over with the blog worlds other not so secret weapon, Heirloom White or even stick with the black but ORB won out.
Look at him now!  Oh. My. Goodness!  I could not be happier with the change.  If he could, I just know he would shake his glistening mane, stomp his hooves, and snort with happiness.  His self-respect has been restored!  

 
He will be placed prominently on a shelf in Mr. B's office.  He will be able to bask in the glow of adoration of all that lay eyes on him.  He is once again a Mighty Steed!

21 comments:

  1. Kathe - He turned out amazing. It is truly wonderful what a can or two of spray paint can do. He can certainly hold his head high where ever he goes.

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  2. Looks great! What a difference. Goodness... why someone ever thought it was a good idea to paint him lime green in the first place....... FAIL!

    Dana

    craftedniche.wordpress.com

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  3. I'm glad you like it, lots of bloggers change headers by season. So that you don't have to continue staring at the green horse, I'll see about making you a fall one. I liked the kooky green tho. However it wouldn't have match anything in my traditional decor either.

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  4. Love how the new paint brought out the "wood" texture! Cleverly done.

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  5. Beautiful job. I agree, it makes the wooden texture look wonderful.

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  6. That's amazing!!! I actually gasped when I saw the after. You did good, girlfriend!

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  7. You gave it new life and new value! Great job!

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  8. Wow that was a very special color green. You made it MUCH better! I'm a new follower. I hope you'll stop by

    http://theloops13.blogspot.com/

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  9. Wow, what a rescue mission! He looks fabulous now!

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  10. He is a proud stallion now. Thanks for sharing at Beyond the Picket Fence!

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  11. What a great redo. Love it! Thanks for linking up to Things I've Done Thursday!

    Melanie
    bearrabbitbear.blogspot.com

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  12. I love how you rescued him from a life of greeness. He looks great. thanks for sharing your secret. I am a new follower from the Feature Your Sassy Sites Hop.
    Vicky @ www.messforless.net

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  13. Great for a Mantle piece! Good job...HUGE improvement (probably goes without saying...) Happy Weekend!

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  14. Ha! I'm so glad you saved him! He looks amazing.

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  15. Oh, I'm so happy you saved that poor little guy! That lime green was hideous! He turned out awesome!

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  16. Love Love Love this!!! Your tablescapes are beautiful! Excited to be your newest follower!

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  17. That is so much better! It looks like you sure paid a pretty penny for that! Great job!

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  18. Wow that was a very special color green. It looks more better before. You made it much better, I'm a newest follower in blog and enjoyed in first visit on this first post.

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  19. Fun piece to make over - thanks so much for sharing at our link party. Take care, Laura

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  20. Thanks so much for sharing at our spray paint link party!

    :)

    Linda

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