Spray Painted Owl

Posted by on Oct 2, 2012 in fall, family room, spray paint | 20 comments

Another fabulous day at the beach.

We stayed ALL day!

Once again I am ending this day exhausted. . .

In a very beach, lazy way!

Here is another quick project that I finished before we got out of town.

I have seen several “spray paint rescues” in blog world.

When I found this owl, I knew I had found the perfect owl to rescue.

The BEFORE is a little frightening!

All I had on hand was this primer.

It worked just fine.

A couple of coats of paint, and the little owl was no longer frightening my girls!

It was actually cute.

Now, she has the perfect home in my family room.

Daisy has claimed it for her room after I am done using it for my fall decorating.

She says that it looks very “West Elm.”

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  1. The way you see the potential in broken things is amazing. I wish i could see things the way you see them. I love it!

  2. Oh I always love a good spray painted owl!!!

  3. I love it! I collect owls for my niece and I never thought about checking out thrift stores and yard sales. This one turned out amazing. You always give me inspiration to try something new! ❤

  4. I love your ability to keep things fresh and interesting.

  5. What a difference primer made to the sad owl, she looks all new now., what a great recovery. You always do such a great recovery on things. You inspire others to give something a go at it.
    Wish I could find a lost owl, I’d like to give it some new life. I didn’t know what the fuss was about owls for long time but guess the little critters are growing on me.
    I’m embarrassed to tell you the box didn’t get sent as I’d said. I promise I’m sending it tomorrow before I go to thrift store. P.O. is across street from thrift store.
    I’m going to thrift store tomorrow with bunch of stuff we found in shed today and other day while I was going thru “stuff” out of my studio. Egads what a bunch of papers, etc. Had to weed thru alot of papers and decided I just didn’t need all the projects I”d printed out over the years but giving them to the thrift store for anybody that might want to pursue the projects. Finally found fall deco box with rest of pumpkins, lots of stuff that just not going to use. Used a few things on front porch table.
    Anyway, sorry for not getting box sent when I said I would. I’m also going to Target in G.J. to see what $ goodies they might still have. $tree had none of things I’d read about on blogs, bummer.

  6. When we lived in San diego we’d go to beach almost every day. Nothing we loved more. Daughter had friends at beach she bummed around with, they thought she lived down there, as we were there so much. Daughter and I were brown. I kept stuff in car to shower and change clothes if staying down there longer. It’s a very relaxing way of life.
    I worked at a hot dog/yogurt shop right on the boardwalk to support the gas as we lived inland quite aways away from beach. Lots of times I’d call husband and he’d come down to beach as he worked close to beach. We’d have supper, hang out for while then finally make our ways home. I really miss the beach. It’s not just a place, it’s a way of living and state of mind.
    Enjoy it while you can Melissa.

  7. Love the owl makeover!

  8. Yikes! That is quite the scary before photo – kind of like an owl mug shot 😉

    Amazing what a difference some primer can make!

  9. You gave this owl a new life! I need to show this to my mom, I think she has the same owl stored away in her basement.

  10. Amazing what a little spray paint can do – looks great!

  11. Too cute I love owls

  12. LOVE owls! And white, they are just so classic looking. Good save!

  13. I like him, Melissa, he’s very cute now. Owls in real life are terrifying! Their eyes and beak and claws as well are HUGE!
    Hugs, C indy

  14. The before was pretty frightening! I would have passed him by! The after…awesome! You had some great vision there!

  15. Gosh, this is gonna sound funny, but I never went to the beach when I was young. I think it’s because I am very fair, and always burned to a crisp. But I am so thrilled that you and your girls can, and it sounds like it makes you so very happy. What beach do you go to? Love the owl, and knew you could see the potential in it. Thanks for sharing your inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  16. Very well done! These owls are turning up everywhere! Smart way to recycle!

  17. Melissa, what a great idea to paint that little fella & give him new life. He looks great!

    Warmly, MIchelle

  18. Melissa, Thanks so much for sharing this cute post on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Great idea to spray the owl, so cute now!


  19. HI Melissa Can’t get my emails on jellenj1940@q.com anymore. Century Link cut me off since I changed internet providers. I have lots of blogs to change email addresses for. Drat and darn.
    Miss getting your posts. Hope to hear from you on above email address.
    Are you settled back into real life again? Did you get your pkg? Sure hope so.

  20. hello!,I love your writing so a lot! proportion we keep in touch extra approximately your post on AOL? I need an expert in this area to solve my problem. Maybe that’s you! Looking forward to see you.

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