August 10, 2010

how to tuesday:: feather my nest

I made this...

from this...



I have had this old mantel for a couple of years from a trip to Canton. Yes, my house is full of these fixer uppers. But I did eventually get around to this project.


It had chipped paint on it. I loved the texture and look of it but the paint was falling off with the slightest touch. I jet blasted it with my hose to get the loose paint off. After drying, I went crazy with white, aqua and antiquing medium to achieve this rustic finish. So much fun!


After using paint markers for the "welcome" I attached some very sturdy hardware for hanging.


This little guy not only adds another layer to this whimsical piece but he also makes a great lookout!




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