I went to Goodwill yesterday and found a pretty plant pot and a wooden chicken. Not sure what I’m doing with the pot yet but I’ve already made over the chicken.
Although I like chickens, this one wasn’t my style, but as soon as I saw it I knew I could transform it into a shabby chic chick.
I didn’t even bother sanding it down because it didn’t seem to have any topcoat over the wood. Instead I started painting it black.
My first idea was to turn it into a Barred Rock chicken, but upon closer inspection of a picture of one I decided against it. Looking through my stash of paints I saw the crackle medium and that was it. As soon as the black paint was dry I brushed on the crackle medium.
After the crackle dried I painted a buttermilk color over that. I had hoped the black underneath would show a bit more but I’m happy with it.
Something was missing though. I decided to add a transfer to the side like it was an advertising prop. I printed this page from The Graphics Fairy onto wax paper. I cut out the one I wanted and laid it on the side of the chicken and began rubbing with the edge of a credit card to transfer it to the chicken. It wasn’t easy keeping it straight because of the curvature of the chicken.
The transfer looks like it is beginning to come off because the typography smeared a little,but it makes it look older. To age the chicken a tad more, I used a staining medium and mixed it with a burnt umber and ever so lightly rubbed it on. Finally I sealed the whole thing with a matte sealer.
I have it on a large candlestick that I use on our mantle. I think my mission at Goodwill next time is to find a chunky candlestick to keep my shabby chic chicken on permanently in the kitchen.
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