Friday, May 29, 2009

Memorial Day Weekend Project 3: Owls

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Junkologie is getting ready to do a show in June (Vintage Treasures Market). To get ready for it, we have been seeking out and snatching up all kinds of junk goodies! In May, we went to a fabulously huge auction held at Island Lake in northern Minnesota. We came home with a truckload of stuff! To see all the finds, click here.

One of the items was this pair of plaster owls.


I know. I know. They're so seventies. So dated. So dark. But when we were in Texas for the Antique Weekend, my friend Olivia was decorating her daughter's room. We stopped at Pottery Barn Kids and she had looked at the most amazing quilts. When I saw the owls at the auction, I distinctly remembered owls there or in the PB magazine or somewhere. And I had a plan!

I started by taking the owls to my painting area. Here is the before photo...


I lightly sanded them, primed them, sanded them, and painted them. Here is the after...


Wouldn't these look great in the Brooke Bedroom from Pottery Barn Kids?


What do you think? Are the owls Pottery Barn chic? Wouldn't they look great hanging on that back wall? I might go out and collect some birch branches just to get a similar woodsy effect.

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22 comments:

  1. I really like them with the white paint. Very much updated. They would look cute in that room!

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  2. I adore birds and owls. (not real ones, those creep me out a bit.. haha!)I love what you did with those! The redone version is so much better.

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  3. Just ignore my comment: I'm just so freaked out by owls! They do look better though, and given how popular they are, you'll make out like a bandit! I did notice, once again, that you're buying like CRAZY!

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  4. I am loving owls lately. And I love what you did with yours!

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  5. Ahhh...paint to the rescue!!! Those look great! Thanks for linking up!

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  6. I wouldn't have given a HOOT for the brown version. But WHOO would have thought they'd look so good in white? You, of course! Very WISE use of paint, Amy!

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  7. They are so now...now! They are perfect for Brooke's room. Clean and crisp...love 'em.
    Debbie

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  8. Seriously, how cute are those owls! Love them!

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  9. So stinkin' cute...love those owls!

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  10. Your vision was right on! They would look fab in that room!

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  11. You have such vision. I would never have been able to see the potential in the 70's owls. But, they look fab!!!!

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  12. I love those! They remind of my childhood but are so much better with a little update!

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  13. I love owls, they're so cute with those big round eyes, really they are just perfect birds. Love your makeover!

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  14. Definitely Pottery Barn worthy.

    -FringeGirl

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  15. Ok. You saw so much promise! I would have so kept walking. Nice job! ~Mindy

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  16. Of course they're perfect painted white! Love them!

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  17. Those owls are looking good! Bet you're out there buyin' more stuff this very minute. Good luck today.

    The Texas Woman

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  18. its amazing what paint can do for an object, a completely fresh update that should look fantastic in this room.
    hugs
    janet

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