Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Painting Buddha - now that's something you don't read everyday!

I never thought I could improve on Buddha but in this case I think he's been remarkably improved. Oh Buddha grey paint you are the saviour indeed!

How to paint a garden statue - Lilyfield Life

My friend's partner, who is Buddhist, brought Buddha back from overseas - I think Dubai. It's made of some sort of resin, My friend just hated it - so white, so gold - and asked me what could be done with it. I suggested painting because, as you know, I think paint fixes everything tones things down.

I stated hand painting in ASCP Graphite but the folds of the statues gown were too difficult to get my brush in and it was all taking too long. 


So I decided to spray it. I found a spray can in my shed of galvanizing zinc rich primer - this primer doesn't actually need to be sealed and can be used as a top coat. It's such a gorgeous matte finish that doesn't mark with touching like a lot of paint does. Very high performing. Two coats sprayed - so quick and easy. God knows what I originally bought it for, possibly some rusty old garden furniture or maybe left over from our house renovations but it's been put to good use now.

How to paint a garden statue - Lilyfield Life

How to paint a garden statue - Lilyfield Life

I never thought I'd say it but I'm pretty sure that I improved on Buddha!

My friend can make peace with him... or hide him among the plants in their garden.

Fiona xx

How to paint a garden statue - Lilyfield Life




7 comments:

  1. Yea, I did say it was a great improvement!

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  2. From 'meh' to 'I want that!!!' in just a few words! I LOVE that zinc spray, Fiona - since I don't live in OZ, I see that 'Rustoleum' has something like this stuff... I hope the Canadian version isn't matte pink! (nothing against pink, just not in my decor...)

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    1. Actually, just look again how that matte spray creates it's own shadows on Buddha - much more than the lighter white version. The folds of coat, sure... but look at the eyes! You might not have noticed they were open in the original and Graphite coloured version. But there they are... Buddha is peaking!

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    2. Thanks Gabrielle - i love this spray matte finish and so quick and easy to apply. hope you can find similar!

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  3. A fantastic makeover - Mary Beth

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