The Bottom Half
of the chicken feeder
I am sharing with you two projects that I have been working on this week.
Last week I shared with the light shade I made with the top half of the chicken feeder that I purchased at the Country Living Fair in Georgia.
I had also purchased four mercury glass votives; I loved the aged – mottled look.
I set one on my desk alongside some of the remaining roses from my garden. As I would read or type on my computer I’d occasionally glance over to the votive and wonder how to get the mottled (my description) look.
I had created a tutorial on how I transformed some dollar store items into faux aged mercury glass here.
I figured something had to be applied, sprayed into the container to affect the look. Water wouldn’t affect the paint. So I did some searching and found that white vinegar would bead up and take away portions of the spray paint.
So, here’s what I did.
I used an old grocery store bag and taped it to the votive top outer edge – applying ½ the tape to the bag and ½ the tape to the votive. I did this to one votive at the time.
(I happened to have 3 of the same type)
I took this outside – shook vigorously the can of Krylon Looking Glass – Mirro-Like Paint. This paint is very thin and runny, so make quick –
short bursts of paint into the sides and inner top of the votive. I then swirled the votive to try to spread the paint as much as I could. I set it down and set a timer for 3 minutes.
I had filled a little bit of white vinegar into an old windex spray bottle. I sprayed the vinegar into the inside of the votive – this creates a lot of small droplets – I sprayed until I felt I had full coverage. Then I let the votive set.
This is a good time to multi-task.
I read email, other blogs, washed clothes, washed dishes…and periodically looked into the votive –the droplets were still there. After about ½ hour I took it outside – still wet with vinegar droplets – and applied another spray of Looking Glass paint. This spread some of the droplets, but didn’t affect the overall look. After another ½ hour I decided to try to dry the droplets gently by bunching a paper towel and dabbing lightly at the droplets – just enough touch to grab the vinegar.
This created bigger ‘aged spots’ than I was hoping for, but the look wasn’t bad. I applied two more light coats of Looking Glass paint.
Votive number 2:
This time I applied two coats of looking glass paint. Allowed it to dry 3 minutes and sprayed the vinegar into the votive. I was determined to see if it would dry.
Well, my husband came to the rescue for that one! He called needing me to help him with an errand. So off I went and several hours later came home to find the vinegar had dried. Yeah! I applied two more light coats! I have the mottled- droplet look I wanted.
|Votive no. 2 on left and votive no. 1 on right|
|Votive no. 1|
|Votive no. 2|
I followed suit with the third votive and am very well pleased with the results!
The Chicken Feeder – Part II
While outside, I decided to use the bottom half of the chicken feeder for another garden project.
The glass ball to this stand had been knocked off by strong winds and broke. So I decided to paint the bottom half of the chicken feeder and the stand with Krylon’s Brushed Metallic Satin –
Oil Rubbed Bronze paint.
I now have a sweet little birdbath!
I love Oil-Rubbed Bronze! I have used this in a couple other projects!
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