Saturday, January 28, 2012

French Garden Caddy

For this project I wanted to use a Graphics Fairy Graphic.  I confess I am not happy with the way it turned out. but nonetheless, I will share it anyway.  I do like the colors, but I seriously need to invest in some new brushes and especially a liner brush.  For what this project is, this will be fine.

I started out with a Pepto Bismol pink caddy that I picked up at the flea market.  I love pink, but this was too strong and didn't scream garden to me.  I painted it with Rustoleum American Accents Colonial Red from the can and brushed it on.  This is suitable for outdoors and that makes it the perfect garden paint.  I then adjusted my graphic on the copy machine to fit the piece.  When I do garden caddies, I do the graphic on both sides in case someone wants to use them for a center piece.  That way it can be seen from both sides. On this project I used tracing paper and traced the pattern.  Because I was truly unhappy with the lettering, I decided to sand it back and make it more primitive.  It's going outside; right?  I always like to add a little embellishment so I added these lady heads.  I found these on Ebay years ago and purchased a lot of 20 medallions.  Unfortunately they are metal and have no give in them so it is hard to affix them to furniture.  In this case though I thought the screws would be fine.  When it was all done, I sealed it with Valspar flat sealer in the spray can.  It says indoor/outdoor so, again, I think it is suitable for an outdoor project.



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17 comments:

Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

Maggie...I really love how this turned out. Love the color combo. I do know what you mean w/ the artists brushes, makes all the difference when doing fine painting.

Bliss said...

You don't need to love it, let us do that for you! I love it!!!!

~Bliss~

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I think it is toooo fabulous, people love rustic! Great job and I am not just saying that. If I didn't like it I wouldn't comment at all! The color is perfect

Carol

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Wow! I think it looks wonderful!!!

Dee

Kim said...

Great project! I love anything French. I'm visiting from Debbie Doo's and I'm your newest follower!

The Paupers Castle said...

So pretty! Visiting from Debbie Dos!

outjunking said...

Yeah! Another junker, I read in your profile you love the hunt and you are an antique dealer. Me too!
Your newest follower,
Lisa

tinyrosebud3 said...

I have similar little garden caddy but still sitting here unpainted. You post gives me inspiration to get going on it. I love the white lettering; nice change from black!

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

I love this! It's a great color and your graphic looks wonderful!

{Repurpose Universe} said...

I think it turned out just fine! Hand lettering isn't supposed to be perfect! The metal pieces look great on this too.

Tina said...

How pretty! I love it. :0)

I am your newest follower.

Visiting from the Newbie Party.

Gypsy Heart said...

Red ~ another favorite color! I think this turned out darling and just perfect for outside. Wish you were closer, I'd love to have it!

Pat

Donata @ DK's Craft Cafe said...

Love it, Maggie!
Will follow and eager to see more from you :)

Butterbean Row said...

Maggie,
I think you did a fabulous job! It is really pretty in the red and white.

♥charlotte

Mary said...

Your too hard on yourself, this came out wonderfully. I would love to see the link to Graphics fairy. I found one of these caddies on the side of the road and would love to copy your idea!!

Little Miss Maggie said...

To Mary who requestd the link to this graphic. Do a word search in Graphic's Fairy for French Typography. It should come up for you. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Maggie

Mandy said...

Hi Maggie, I'm new to your blog and also a new follower via L.F. I love how your Garden Caddy turned out! I found one last week at a thrift store just like yours for $1! You've inspired me to get out there and get her done. Love your blog.