Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Make: Spray painted cockatoo


For whatever reason I have a couple large cockatoo ceramic statues. I love as is, the other I have never really taken a strong liking, and since I never shy away from painting some glazed ceramics I decided to take a shot and go for it once again. 

(Do you love the bottlebrush trees? They were a second Christmas gift from Christine--she bleached and dyed them herself. I think they're swell.)

Here is my adventure in spray painting another ceramic piece...


I don't have as many bird statues as I would like, but I do have some fun ones. The four smaller ones were purchased for me by Mother at an estate sale in Tacoma before I moved down to California. The pink and white cockatoo I got from a Value Village. Oh yeah, the lady gave me a deal on it.


I also purchased this at that same Value Village outing, but was never really fond of the painting. I mean, it's cute and all, but... I don't know I always thought that the eyes look hard. Also, I'm not a huge fan of the dark colors on the base. Enough reasons for me to want to change it up a bit.


I purchased some matte white spray paint, and got to work. I should mention that in the process I may have learned that I really like the smell of this spray paint. It was reminiscent of the sweet plastic (My Little Ponies) of our youth.


I had to usher Olive inside after a couple coats because the fumes started to linger. That little girl needs all her brain cells intact. She wasn't pleased at the disruption I posed to her nice little Sunday.


It took several coats to finally cover up that dark paint, but I managed to do it with minimal issues.


I haven't used this matte spray paint before, but I really love it. I was afraid the finished project would be unpleasant to touch, but it was surprisingly smooth and matte. I really liked the all white cockatoo, but naturally wanted to add a little gold accent.


A lovely new fresh faced ceramic cockatoo to adorn my living room.

12 comments:

  1. It looks so good, I want to go spray paint all the figurines! Unfortunately, I don't have any place to put them once I actually follow through on this new goal...

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    1. Thanks Jess! This was my first spray painting project... and I also don't have enough space for all my figurines.

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  2. That's adorable!! Makes me want to run out to Goodwill and get some cool random things to paint :)

    Mackenzie
    www.heybirdfriend.com

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    1. You should! I bet you'd make them look adorable.

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  3. Cute!! You did a great job! I agree with Mackenzie...I want to go look for things to paint too!!

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    1. Thanks Sandy, and thank you for all your comments. My sisters and I love reading them.

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  4. I have a whole bunch of ceramic animals waiting for their day with white spray paint.....but I just love what you did with the little gold accent....it's so cute and gives it some personality.

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  5. That is perfect! Can I ask which plasti kote paint you use, if at all? In the UK, it's our only real option for a decent aerosol but I know in the States there are a bunch of good sprays. Which brand did you use? Gonna steal your idea!

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  6. WOW !!!! It Looks High End Now !!!!

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    1. Thanks, and it's silly how easy it was. You just have to be careful that you don't start looking around the house like, "What else can I spray paint...?"

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  7. This morning I curated a "DIY Ceramic Animal Hall of Fame" collection (obviously, just my humble opinions) and this made the list! Obviously, not everything on the list is very “ceramic-y” but they are all adorable. A cockatoo is such a unique ceramic animal in the world of owls and elephants! The post is here: http://paintingsunny.com/2013/06/21/diy-ceramic-animal-hall-of-fame/

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    1. Thanks Dani! I really appreciate the mention, and love the blog!!

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