Henrietta…

…is her name. Painting things yellow is my game. Isn’t she cute?

Huh? Yellow hens? Let’s go back to the beginning.

A few days ago I announced that I’d be participating in the Pinterest Challenge, hosted by Young House Love, Bower Power, and two other awesome blogs Centsational Girl, and Ten June.

Read here to get all up to speed on what the Pinterest Challenge is all about…got it? Good. So to recap, I decided to spiffy up Henrietta a la Young House Love style. (Real quick, Henrietta was my kitchen counter friend that I found on clearance at HomeGoods for $8.00…so I adopted her.) Anyhow, I LOVED the makeover Sherry’s rooster got as you can see here. Surely, Henrietta would look just as smashing with a little paint job as well. So, while the idea of this project wouldn’t exactly constitute a “challenge”, it was definitely a “stop ogling other peoples pretty poultry and paint your own” sort of thing. Here’s my official pin.

Here’s Henrietta pre extreme makeover…looking a little gangrene. Eww.

Then, she was bathed in a coat of spray primer to give the final color a little somethin’ somethin’ to grab on to. (I used Valspar Gray Spray Primer from Lowe’s).

Then I applied a few lightly misted coats of yellow spray paint. I used this beautiful color called Sunny Yellow, also by Valspar. Blondes really do have more fun.

So, she needs a few touch ups but you can’t really tell in the picture. Sherry over at YHL has some great spray painting tips that I definitely agree with. To summarize, keep the can moving and hold it 8-10 inches away from your project. This will prevent large splotches of paint build-up and drips and globs. Also, you may need several coats. Henrietta has full on stage make-up with three coats of spray paint. Also, do your lungs a favor and wear a mask. I did not have a mask. Sorry lungs. I’ll be nice to you next time.

Here’s another glamor shot:

Actually, I’m really excited about this picture just above because it’s a GREAT sneak peek regarding what I have planned color scheme wise for our open floor plan kitchen and den space. Henrietta is posing on one of our new West Elm modern windsor barstools with citron felt cushion. Behind the chair, you see one of our living room walls that was painted the lovely Benjamin Moore Moonshine. We plan on using this color in the kitchen/den as well. My white cabinetry and barstools will really pop against the gray and we plan on continuing to accent with shades of citron, yellow, turquoise and dark gray. I want it to be a more saturated, fun version of the living room which I chose to keep more muted and serene.

Stay tuned for more! The living room is FAR from completed and we haven’t even scratched the surface in the kitchen/den, let alone what we have ourselves into in regards to front yard landscaping and laundry room make-overing. We’re not decor schizophrenic ¬†AT ALL. Wink.

4 thoughts on “Henrietta…

    • Hey Casey! I know right! Spray paint has become my obsession and I have a pile of things I want to transform :) I really love the idea of spray painting all sorts of ceramics…it really gives some visual impact. Soon I’ll be putting some built-ins around our fireplace (stay tuned for future posts on that hopefully within a few months) and I plan to add pops of color and interest with some spray painted goodies. :) Have a great week!

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