If you guys saw my post on the Facebook page Wednesday about my own front porch projects, then you know I’ve been hard at work. Now that the snow is gone and I’ve been able to clear 6 months worth of salt and dirt off the concrete, this is what I’m working with.
For my first project I decided to spruce up my favourite lawn ornament – ever – the noble pink lawn flamingo in its resplendent glory and silly gaze.
They’re so deliciously tacky and flammable. I always enjoy a well placed flock of lawn flamingos, even if it accompanies some car parts and scattered trash. If you’re up for it, you can even create some fun vignettes with them chasing each other or just judging the neighbours – up to you!
But why start with lawn ornaments so soon?! Well, Dollarama is the place to get them and they tend to sell out fast, so once I purchased my flock I couldn’t just let them sit in the basement. I was also working off some crazy Pinterest inspiration that had been pulling at me since February when I stumbled across this image.
This vignette from nousdecor.com sums up the style for the summer. It’s simple, clean, and visually compelling. I love it! and then these images surfaced, and it had to happen ASAP.
I mean look at them?! All I need is a pool with some crab grass and my life is complete apparently.
Of course we don’t overlook mountain ranges quite like in that first image, but the training area yonder sure does make for a picturesque backdrop. I also have aspirations of building us a home bar and a couple of other things for the back, but in the meantime I wanted some of those gold flamingos for the front!
Using my tried and trusted Krylon spray paint in metallic copper, I went to work.
Pro tip: when applying spray paint you want to use even and long strokes. If you hold the can too close to the object you’re painting you’ll end up with uneven distribution and weird paint bubbles (especially on plastic). So take long and sweeping passes from L to R, or R to L, or Top to Bottom. Doesn’t matter, just spray evenly.
After respecting the drying time (crucial in this case) I attacked them from a different angle to make sure I coated the first side completely. Unfortunately the monsoons then forced me to pack-up and bring the birds inside. I got to finish them the next day though.
Using the same methods I coated the other side of the birds before using a sealing spray to finish them. Once the weather is more suitable, I plan on leaving them outside and don’t want the rain or heat to melt the paint off them.
In the meantime though, I present to you my flock of copper flamingos! They were neatly arranged on the ugly not yet alive grass out front for your viewing pleasure. What do you think?
You could easily do this project with just about anything or any colour. I had even considered painting some red lips or redefining their beaks, but I like them just the way they are!
Would you do this?