You’ve probably seen me use spray paint on a few projects around this blog. It’s such an easy and quick way of transforming some items that don’t fit into your decor. And this owl was no different. He was a £5 find on Facebook Marketplace. You can’t tell from the picture, but he’s a tall fellow at about 26 cm.
But I didn’t like him as he was. Sorry Mr Owl, but you just don’t fit in with our white kitchen! Fortunately he was in perfect condition. I just wasn’t a fan of the shiny brassy finish. I wanted him in a neutral colour. So, once again, spray paint to the rescue! I used this Rustoleum chalky finish paint in white. You can find it here on Amazon or head to your local B&Q.
After a good clean with some soapy water, I let him dry and got to spray painting. It takes a few layers so be patient and take your time. This is him during the first coat. I had sprayed the front and this is the back.
Now I know it looks like it doesn’t cover that well, but be patient! It just takes a few layers. Let the first layer dry completely and give it another spray. One tip – use light layers of paint. You are so much better to do multiple coats of light layers than to add a think coat of paint. The paint will run and it’ll ruin your project. Or at the very least be soooo much more difficult to get right.
This is after the second coat. Already a lot better but I gave him three coats in total. Just to touch up any bits that were still shiny. And there’s still loads left in the can for another project I have in mind.
After that I just left him to completely dry out before he was ready to take pride of place in our kitchen! Here he is .. with his baby owls (salt and pepper set) which I bought on Ebay as a “one off” set. Amazon do some really cute ones too. Like this set here. I think they look adorable together!
What a difference, don’t you think? He really has turned out every bit as good as what I had hoped he would look like. Here’s the before and after again side by side ..
Who would have thought it’s the same owl? All with a can of spray paint. At some stage I may respray the big owl again in a gloss finish to match the salt and pepper set. But for now I’m really pleased with how he’s looking in our kitchen.
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