Goodwill Chicken turned Shabby Chic

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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.

Shabby Chic Chicken

Shabby Chic 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.

Shabby Chic Chicken

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.

Shabby Chic Chicken

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.

Shabby Chic Chicken

Shabby Chic Chicken

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.

Shabby Chic 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.Shabby Chic Chicken

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.

Shabby Chic Chicken

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  1. I love your shabby chicken, it turned out really cute! I have country chickens, pigs, and cows in my kitchen. I will have to try yoyr transfer technique sometime. I have never thought of using wax paper. Pinning!

  2. Oooh… I love the cream colored crackle over the black. And the addition of the stencil gives it that special something. I love it!! Great makeover!
    Thank you so much for sharing to the Monday Mish Mash Link Party!

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