So I was walking around the gardens last Saturday picking those ever so stubborn weeds and I came face to face with these 2 garden angel statues that we’ve had in our garden for about 10 years, but suddenly they weren’t looking so angelic. How is it possible that I didn’t notice the sad state they were in before? My poor plastic lovelies…hiding in our hosta gardens.
I’m sure you’ve heard of house blindness. Well sometimes I think I’m garden blind. (Purely subconscious I’m sure.) This must have just happened overnight, I tell myself. That must be it. Yah. That’s it.
Then I saw the column in another garden and it wasn’t looking much better. So I had to face the truth. Sometimes I’m a neglectful gardener. (Holding my head down in shame!)
So I set myself to the task of their rescue and got my handy dandy can of stone texture spray paint. (I love this stuff!) But before I could return them back to their loveliness I gave them a good sanding to remove any chipping or peeling paint.
Then I gave them a good coat of the Make It Stone in light strokes going around and around and around them. (I think I’ll put a lazy susan on my thrift store list of must finds.)
Because of the mascara-melting temperature I let them dry and cure for a couple of days. Then, because this paint says it’s for indoor use, I gave them 3 coats of Tremclad Urethane, letting it dry between coats. I’ve done this on other items and it’s worked great, but they do have to be stored for the winter.
And here they are. My happy lovelies now look like they’re made of stone. They really do!
Now I have to find places for them in the gardens to show off their new look… no more hiding for these angels. They’re ready to carry the weight of those silver gazing balls for another 2, 3 or maybe 5 years, or more. Who’s counting? (Apparently not me. LOL.)