"Ugly Duckling" Makeover

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Do you ever get inspired and want to recreate something you've seen on Pinterest or IG? We do!
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Case in point, was our choice for last week's If you don't know what is all about - it's a showcase for collectors to share their decor treasures on IG. We fell in love with the lovely carved bird collection you see below.
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I was out thrifting last week and came across the not-so-lovely bird shown below. It might be wood, but it's more likely plastic or some sort of resin. It was one of a pair, but I bought only the one for $10. (Sorry, lonely ugly bird still at the thrift shop).
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Next I bought some acrylic WalMart craft paints in white and black, and then searched the internet for photos of swans to study the facial markings. Then I got to work. It took three coats of the white, but only one of the black to get the effect I wanted.
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Here's another view.
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Here's the swan on the dining room buffet below.


So, what do you think? What should we name him/her? Tell us your thoughts in comments.
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So, that wraps up our quick and easy DIY. But before we say goodbye, here's a photo of one of our Irish Jack Russell Terriers. Her name is Daisy!
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Quince Cottage Style is - a mix of old and new, rustic and opulent. Our goal is to make our new subdivision house look inviting, beautiful, and as though it wasn't born yesterday!
Suggested materials:
  • Swan   (thrift shop)
  • Acrylic paints   (WalMart©)
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  • Lori Lori on Apr 05, 2016
    It's lovely now. You will be able to add certain things to it to decorate for the seasons as well, like a pretty plaid bow for Christmas. I'm going to watch for a bird like this now.

    • Quince_Cottage Quince_Cottage on Apr 05, 2016
      @Lori Fabulous suggestion, Lori! I give our Santos figures crowns and garlands sometimes during different seasons and now the swan can join in the fun :D

  • Happy Days Hometalker Happy Days Hometalker on Jun 08, 2018

    Go back to the thrift shop and buy the mate, they were meant to be together, you can always find a place for him.

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