In our little town in Northern CA, Dollar Tree is the most “happening” store around. Don’t feel too sorry for me, I can be in Target, Lowes or Michaels or pretty much anything else, in less than 15 minutes. It’s all good. Regularly, though, I find myself perusing our local Dollar Tree. Have you ever noticed that they seem to carry a lot of ceramic figurines? Lots. Figurines rarely excite me, but I did find these a while back:
Aren’t you just digging the look? Yeah, me neither! At the time I had been researching chalk paint and wanted to try to see if it really does stick to everything. Guess what? It does! I purposely didn’t sand or scuff up the super shiny finish and the paint still adhered perfectly. My chalk paint recipe was pretty basic:
I know that you all know how to paint, so I won’t bore you with all of the details, but I will note that instead of using brush strokes I just pounced the brush up and down. I did a couple of heavy coats. I wanted this pair to look like painted iron that had chipped a bit. Once the paint was dry, I gently sanded them. Just a buff with a little wax (to be honest, I just used regular Minwax) and these little birdies were done.
Yep, you can see a touch of the original colors peeking through if you squint really hard, but I kind of like that.
Not bad for a couple of bucks and about 10 minutes of my time, don’t you think? Hmmm, maybe it’s time to hit up the ceramic figurine section at Goodwill.