Spray Painted Owls – A Cheap Makeover

October 4, 2012 | by Jocie (email) |

Hi. My name is Jocie, and I love owls.

Okay, so I have admitted I have an owl problem, but I bet you may too! 🙂

This past weekend, when I was yard sale-ing with my friend, Kellie I found these amazing (old) owls for the wall. They were being sold by this very sweet older couple who, if I weren’t so eager to find more yard sale deals, I could have stayed and hung out with them all day.

When I asked the older gentleman how much the owls cost he said,”I don’t know, we’ll have to ask my cashier.” wink wink. His kind and gentle wife walked over and said, “FREE! You can just have them.”

Say WHAT?!? Yes, thank you, I will!

It was my yard sale find of the century… Okay, maybe not the century, but definitely the day. lol.

While I was at Walmart picking up some diapers and toilet paper, I bought some Ivory Satin Krylon spray paint (paint and primer in one).

Once it stopped raining here in Baltimore, I took the owls outside and placed them on my very expensive, His and Hers spray paint pedestals (aka coke and diet coke cardboard).

I then tried to spray thin coats of paint onto the owls. I truly hated this spray paint. It was all thick and globby (yes, that is a real word) even when I held the can 2 feet away. Argh. Next time, I will make a special trip to HD to have a bigger selection and buy Rustoleum. I’m also not sure what the benefit of paint and primer was, so if you have any ideas, let me know.

After a good bit of dry time which was longer than usual because of all the humidity, I brought them inside to hang in my pretty kitchen!

Lookin’ good, right? Not sure they will stay on the chevrons, but we’ll see…

What do you think? What brand of spray paint do you use?

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12 Responses
  1. frazzled5 says:

    I knew you would turn these into amazing works of art!

  2. Naomi says:

    Girl, all I have to say is you have VISION!!! Those 70s owls were hideous… and now… they’re adorable!

  3. Reuben says:

    I like this. Maybe they would look great in front of a really colorful wall so that they really pop out o the wall at you.

  4. trebor says:

    Much better! I “third” the thoughts about a dark backing, but they’re a huge improvement over the gaudy design they were!

    On a completely unrelated note, I cringe to see you painting on such perfect grass! People here in San Antonio would kill for a lawn that green. 🙂

  5. poiboybf says:

    Can’t beat the price! I also prefer Rustoleum spray if I’m using aerosol, but if I have the choice, I’ll use regular paint in my HVLP sprayer.

  6. MissFixIt says:

    Now I have the urge to spray paint things white hehe. Like how it went from grandpa to glam-ma!

  7. JustME says:

    It’s amazing to me to see so many things of my youth come back in vogue which in turn reminds me of my Mom telling me how fashion cycles when I was in my late teens and peplums were back in style. And there I thought they were brand spankin’ new.

    • Paul&Aundrea says:

      Ha! Now peplums are back again! If you can’t find anywhere else to put the owls in your home, you could re-paint them to give your white kitchen another little pop of yellow. If you don’t like them yellow, just paint them again! I love spray paint, and use Rustoleum unless it is a temporary fix then I go cheaper with Krylon.

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