This might not be the type of “going green” you were looking for if you’re passionate about nature and recycling and organic stuff. Not that I’m opposed to any of that…I just don’t blog about it. No, this type of “going green” literally means I painted something green.
I know that it will probably come as a huge shock to you that I painted something. Well, let me reiterate our situation…Ken and Anne live in a tiny, 670 square foot apartment. We are doing this to save money. Saving money means that painting the walls (and having to paint them BACK at the end of our lease) is a bit ridiculous.
Which means that I have no other option left than to douse each and every possession that I own with the maximum amount of color I can add.
And when one of my readers Kylie left a link on the Planting Sequoias Facebook page (which, by the way, YOU SHOULD GO AHEAD AND LIKE) to this Etsy listing, I was sold.
(It is probably obvious at this point what I am going to do, but don’t worry; I’ll still give you a full blown tutorial.)
I HAVE THESE SAME BIRDS.
I HAVE GREEN PAINT.
This is a mash up that was meant to be. (Also somehow meant to be: Pink and Fun’s Nate Ruess. I, weirdly enough, love this sad song).
Mine gulls were a mere $.99 and are made out of a lovely faux wood that is actually plastic. I have them soaring with some oil paintings above our TV (see them here), and I was never a die-hard lover of the plastic wood look.
So I did this.
It was obviously very difficult.
I should note that spray paint would work best for this type of project…it would give it a more glossy, smooth surface. But I was working with what I had. Not spending money means not spending money…there’s not a lot of gray area between zero and zero.
ALSO, the more that I think about it, isn’t the whole “taking something old and rescuing it” a pretty green concept? Perhaps I am saving the earth a wee bit after all. New life motto: I THRIFT BECAUSE I CARE.
The gulls are once again soaring in all their green glory.
Why yes, I did take this picture in the dark of night.
I have no idea what I’m going to do when we actually do have a house and I have the freedom to actually paint the walls.
It is entirely possible that I’ll go color-wild and you’ll find me in an over-stimulated coma from too much color. I’ll long for simpler times like this, then, I suppose.
But until then, nothing is safe from my paintbrush.
April 10, 2013 at 9:08 am
YEAH for saving money and using what you have! LOVE IT! Stopped in from Decor and the Dog – I hope you have a great week!!
April 10, 2013 at 9:13 am
Those are my birdies above. Thanks so much for linking to my Etsy and I am just so happy that I was able to inspire you to paint yours green. I have the same pair at home that I painted a bright yellow and they are now hanging in my kitchen. Yours look great!!! 🙂
April 10, 2013 at 9:19 am
Yellow is another color I considered! Thanks for the inspiration!!! I hope someone adopts your birdies soon. 🙂
April 10, 2013 at 9:32 am
You are welcome and I am so glad you liked them. I just painted a single bird green that I have to add to this set. I just haven’t photographed it yet. I know whoever buys them will love them. They need a good home!
April 10, 2013 at 9:45 am
Oooh, can’t wait to see it! Do you blog? I’d love to follow!
April 10, 2013 at 9:50 am
I started one last year. 2birdsinthehouse is the name. But I haven’t updated it since the Summer. I will follow your blog now. 🙂
April 10, 2013 at 10:25 am
Ah, well, I guess I’ll just have to keep stalking your etsy store!
April 10, 2013 at 10:26 am
Lol Annie. That works too. 🙂 I just opened it last month. I still have a lot of inventory to put online that I haven’t gotten to yet.
April 10, 2013 at 10:30 am
Woo-hoo! I agree that the plastic fakey-wood look is a hard one to love. The green paint’s a nice upgrade 🙂
April 10, 2013 at 10:33 am
I just showed this link to a friend and she said how she really likes your blog. I am so glad i found your blog through my stats. So far you have gained 2 more followers. 😉
April 10, 2013 at 11:22 am
April 10, 2013 at 10:36 am
Oh and one more thing. I am offering a giveaway here. All you have to do is comment. She is also offering up to $75 on her Etsy.
April 10, 2013 at 11:22 am
April 10, 2013 at 11:09 am
Haha. Now I hate my faux wood ones even more. I think the green is happening over here too. I need to start a blog and then we can compare our thrift store treasures a la Katie Bower and Sherry Petersik.
April 10, 2013 at 11:20 am
Yes! To painting them green and to starting a blog to share thrifting treasures!!!
April 10, 2013 at 11:33 am
I have to admit I am pretty addicted to thrifting now. I can’t believe the items I can find there. Most are so ugly but with some paint they look amazing. I am officially hooked. The woman at Goodwill finally asked me what I had planned to do with the items I bought. I am sure she wondered why I was buying such ugly items and why I bought like 5 film point and shoots. Your birds look wonderful on that wall btw. 🙂 And so glad ya entered the giveaway. She has wonderful stuff in her shop.
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