Rusty Wall Hanging Redos

Ok so it’s a really crappy post title, but I really couldn’t think of anything better. LOL! There are two projects in this post, one more detailed than the other, but they both ended up on the living room wall. :)

Over the summer my husband brought home a rusty old cat weather vane ground stake. He knew I would love it, and he was right! I stuck it in the front of the house along our sidewalk. Toward the end of the summer we had a nasty wind storm that broke one of the limbs in our front yard birch tree. It was hanging down so hubby and my 18 year old son went outside with a chain saw (I stayed inside, couldn’t watch, men and sharp things, eek) to remove the dangling limb. Later that day I found out the limb fell on my little weather vane, breaking the ground stake. :(

So I twisted and turned and pulled the arms off the weather vane, then used some wall mounting putty to put it on the wall. Cool huh? I like it!

Next is this cool ornate metal piece of outdoor art (what would you call it?) that I bought at a garage sale. I actually was walking through the garage and when I got outside I saw this big, round cool looking thing mounted on the outside of the house. I asked if it was for sale, she said yes. Then she took me around the front of the garage and pointed to the other piece of ornate metal art. Yep, I wanted it! I still plan to redo the second piece, but have only completed the round one as of yet.

I love the swirls and twirls in this piece. The round shape goes perfectly with the big wall clock I have in the living room and I just so happened to have an empty spot for it!

First I wiped it down. It had been on the outside of her house for several years, so it was a bit rusted and definitely grungy. Then I sprayed on a coat of white primer.

After the primer dried I used Rustoleum Ultra Cover in Espresso. Umm, yeah. Little focus problem.

Then I just used a dry brush technique with some acrylic English Rose paint and added some light touches to some of the ornate areas.

When I was all done I sprayed a couple coats of Krylon Matte Finish sealer.

This sucker was heavy, so I had to pry hubby off the coach in the den so he could hang a heavy duty anchor for me.

That’s it! My garage sale metal ornate thingy. :)


9 Responses to Rusty Wall Hanging Redos

  1. 1
    Mandi says:

    Holy cow thanks for linking up! I have never heard of or seen the technique that you used to add the white paint after you sprayed it brown. Its AWESOME! I am pretty much in lust with it.

    love your guts

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    Alicia says:

    I love that you said thingy, I do that all the time. My mom hates it. =) The projects look great.

  3. 3
    Tina@SignificantHarmony says:

    LOVE that wall hanging! In the first pic, you can't really see the scale of it but the one of your room – just WOW! Great find!

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    Mod Podge Amy says:

    I LOVE the re-dos! That cat is awesome.

  5. 5
    Amanda says:

    Alicia – yeah I say thingy a lot LOL!!

    Thanks you guys!

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    AllieMakes! says:

    Those are FABULOUS! Excellent job!
    You should come link this up to my Making It With Allie Link Party! I think it would make a Fabulous addition!

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    David & Kelsie's Country Home says:

    I love both your projects and actually think the cat weather vane looks so much better and classier hanging on your wall…Such a fun piece of whimsy artwork…Now I am going to be searching for one to copy you *wink*

    And what can I say about your lovely round thingy…I LOVE IT…and it is perfect on that wall with that totally amazing clock…LOLed at you prying hubby from the couch…YOU TOTALLY must do a tutorial on how to achieve that one hehe.

    You have a new follower :)


  8. 8
    Amanda says:

    LOL Kelsie!

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