Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Pretty Statue Makeover

Hi Blogger Friends,

A week or so ago, I posted about some of the finds I got while out antiquing and one of them was this little fella.  He was so cute with his little ivy wreath crown and bird's nest, but he was painted an old gold.  I love old gold on some things, but on him, not so much.  Don't get me wrong, if for some reason, I could only have purchased him with the agreement that he had to stay as is, I still would have picked him up, but luckily, that was not a stipulation of purchase!  Like so many of you out there, sometimes, we just think, "but I could make it so much BETTER..."  And off we go, paintbrush in hand.  Here's what he looked like when I got him.

I had wanted to leave a little of his gold peeking through.  Hmmmm...I painted him all a watered down white and then wiped some of the paint off.  YUCK!  That wasn't even photo worthy.  He ended up in the sink with me and a brillo pad.  Back to the original...after numerous coats of a little white paint mixed with a little walnut glaze, then watered down walnut glaze to go down in the cracks, he ended up looking a bit like an old bronze statue.  I kind of liked him, but when I got up this morning, that old painting jones got the better of me and I got back at it before I even ate breakfast (or got dressed for that matter-I know, it's a sickness).  I wanted him lighter.  After a little more white paint mixed with a little glaze, ragged on, I sort of liked him, but he was a little chalky looking and the walnut glaze in the cracks seemed a bit too...well, wal-nutty.  SO, add some black paint to the watered down concoction and drippled that all over and then wiped if off the surface, just leaving it in the cracks.  Better.  I think we're getting there.  This is the result.

In this picture, he looks a tad zombie-ish, so I think he may get a little more dabbing of color in his face.  Tweaking, tweaking, always tweaking...sigh.

Overall, I think I'm happy with him, but there's always room for improvement, right?

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  1. He's darling and I definitely would've attacked him with the white paint also:)

  2. Hello Judy,
    I have gone through the same problem with a gold urn and a huge spoon, and what I did is that I got the white paint deep in to the cracks and crevices then rubbed it off from the raised places, my tresors look good now, I will be posting those pictures Friday morning if you want to take a peek.
    Have a lovely day!
    XXX Ido

  3. Judy, Love it... what a great job.. he looks so much better


  4. All of your efforts were well worth it, Judy. I'd snap him up in a minute if he were for sale!!


  5. He's much more handsome now that you got a hold of him! Good job.

  6. Gold was NOT his best shade...he's looking smokin' 'hot' him!


  7. Stunning transformation!

  8. He turned out perfect! I'm really laughing over the "zombie" comparison, too funny.

  9. The cherub is transformed... looks a lot more "angelic" and "French" now.... amazing what a bit of WHITE paint can do! :)

  10. Love your statue and your blog! Please stop by and visit my sometime. I am definitely a follower!

  11. Hi the way it turned out!!

  12. Adding the white and leaving some gold.. perfect.
    Have a pretty day!

  13. Judy, you did a wonderful job on him! The finish is so natural, as if it's original. A much softer aged look, well done! xxx tami


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