Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Show Me Your Rooster!

In keeping with the "urban farming" and chicken talk, I finally found the perfect rooster to add to my kitchen decor.  This was just one out of the many awesome pieces that I found at Thrill of the Hunt that I talked about in this post.  Now don't get it twisted I absolutely hate country decor--sorry for being so harsh to all of the apple kitchen lovin', all out country decor readers I have, but that's just not my style.  I'm more of a shabby chic kinda girl.  So here's where I got the inspiration for my rooster,which by the way we call our "boy chicken" because my two year old daughter didn't understand what a rooster was, so I simply explained it as a "boy chicken".







My rooster came in true country form, but that was an easy fix!  Here's the low down on taking my rooster from classic country to shabby chic:

I just applied a few thin and even coats from about 8-10 inches away, always keeping my arm moving to avoid drips.
There's not good enough coverage until the third or fourth coat, so the first one had him looking like this...




After he was all good and dry I took him inside to find him a home, but he was too darn big for the top of my cabinets and even to large to sit under them {he is just shy of 2 feet tall}. 

He ended up on the top of the fridge, but I just scored a new piece for the dining room so hopefully he will have a new place to roost! ;-)




  • Skip the cheap stuff and splurge on the $5-7 quality stuff.

  • Always keep the can moving.
  • Keep the nozzle about 8-10″ away from whatever you’re spray painting.
  • Always apply thin mists of spray paint, applying heavy coats makes everything wet and drippy.

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    18 comments:

    1. I love spray paint! This turned out great!

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    2. Oh, my goodness, I can't believe it! Where on earth did you find that rooster? My mother-in-law gave me the exact same rooster years ago. She lived in Georgia and said she found him in an antique shop. It was so ugly, I thought someone had made it in a ceramics class. I tolerated him sitting on the floor of my breakfast room (he really is just under two feet tall) until I could stand it no longer. I recently spray painted him all black since I was into black accessories. He now sits on a small accent table in the breakfast room and is much more accepted by the family. I do like your white version though; may have to drag out the spray paint again. I don't have a blog, but just couldn't resist commenting that there were actually two of these guys running loose! Lee in Texas

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    3. I found my rooster at a fabulous thrift store called Thrill of the hunt in Ashland, VA. Checkout their website at http://www.thrillofthehuntva.com/

      I'm glad you stopped by! You certainly don't have to have your own blog to checkout what everyone else is up to! Maybe you should start one of your own?!

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    4. Oh so much better! I love it! Thanks for the spray paint tips too!

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      1. It was down right ugly and spray painting it was cheap and easy.

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    5. this is just the cutest! my kids would love to come home from school and find him strutting his stuff in our garden! Might just have to try something like this! Found you via linky - off to tour your blog - would love for you to visit me too:
      http://partycraftsecrets.blogspot.com.au/

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      1. Thanks for visiting...I love newbies! I will have to check it out for sure!

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    6. Love that! Thanks for sharing. I might have to try my hand at spray painting something! :)

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      1. Please share it with me. I love to see what others have created.

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    7. Thanks for the tips, I am impatient and I need to remember how important it is to take things slow so that my spray paint job looks good! :)

      Sarah @ Crafting and Creativity

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      1. Anytime Sarah! I am very impatient, but in order to get a quality product you have to take things slow sometimes. I hope these tips help you with your spray painting projects in the future.

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    8. I love that you made it all white! Perfect!! Thanks so much for sharing this as well at Thursday's Temptation.
      Jill

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    9. I did the same thing to an ugly carved bird on a branch except I chose white! Check out Reformed and Transformed if you have time. I was a spray painting fool this week. You are so right about using high quality paint. I can't believe you achieve such an excellent finish on that boy chicken!

      Distressed Donna Down Home

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      1. High quality spray paint makes a huge difference!

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    10. Love it! Spray paint rocks! What a great tutorial! We would LOVE for you to stop over and link this post up and any others in our Crafty Showcase. Our showcase runs from Sat-Thur and then on Friday our designers pick their favorite to be featured.

      Stop on over and share! We even have a linky for ETSY and Crafty Businesses. http://bowdabrablog.com/2012/06/09/saturday-showcase-craft-projects-5/#

      Thanks, Susie @Bowdabra

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      1. Thanks Susie! I would LOVE to stop by a share my projects with you!

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    11. Coatings can be measured and tested for proper opacity and film thickness by using a drawdown card. Thermal Coatings

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