Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Outdoor Rustic Star

Hey!  Hope everyone had a good weekend.  It snowed here on Sunday and has been cold and gloomy.  Two days prior to that temps were in the 70's.  That's Utah weather for you!  Just when you think spring has sprung, winter rears it's ugly head!

Anyway, sorry I've been a little MIA lately.  I've had some major stuff going on (more on that later) and have been busy prepping for some big projects involving a ton of yard work.  And with that, my time has been totally consumed.  But in between everything I've found a little time to do a little crafting! 

A few weeks back I found this star at the thrift store for $1.50.  I have the perfect place for it on my front porch (if the weather ever shapes up!) but it just needed a little paint makeover.

I started with a basic black paint and gave it two good coats.

After that, I got a little overanxious to get it done... and just starting adding my own mix of colors and glazes until it looked "right".  I really had no rhyme or reason to my madness... in fact I don't even remember the order of colors or which one I mixed with what.  That's the beauty of paint... you can customize your own look and play around with the desired effect.  

I used a combination of browns, black and yellow applying each one individually and letting dry... then adding a little more of something here and there.  Here's the closeup (sorry, the pics from far away are hard to see the detail).

I'm not sure if this is it's final resting place on the porch... I still need to get all my other stuff out and play around with it.  I also need to do something with the whiskey barrel ~ maybe some stain or paint?  I'll see how I feel once it's warm enough to get out there!

I can't wait to put it all together!  If you want the names of colors that I used just shoot me a message and I can respond.  I basically used what I already had.  Just by mixing different colors until you create a new one that works for your project is the perfect way to use what you have. 

I'll have another cute little paint makeover on Thursday so check back to see that!

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  1. i looks great, love all the finds. thanks for sharing this at my party!

  2. This is really nice. I was wondering what material the original star was made of, cardboard or fiber?

  3. Another awesome project! I love these stars but have yet to come across any. Cheers! Sommer

  4. I love this look. Your colours ended up looking fabulous.

  5. Wow - looks great! I paid a lot more for my metal star... right now it hangs above our bed. Love the dark coloured finish that you created!

  6. Aged to prefection! Thanks for sharing at Beyond The Picket Fence.

  7. Looks great and is a nice contrast with the light brick. The whisky barrel will look great painted/stained as well.

  8. Love it! I just redid one just like it and am writing a post about it. Something about stars and decorating is timeless. -Jill

  9. Love how you redid your star and where you placed it. I'm visiting from Debbie's Newbie Party. My link is #92. Come visit me and follow me as well!
    Oh, instead of snow this weekend, we had golfball size hail Saturday night!

  10. Cute! I love stars and have some in both of my sons' rooms. Yours looks great.