Gardens full of flowers are a joy to behold. Sometimes it is nice to have some art pieces in with the flowers to add some interest when they finish blooming, or before the blooms appear. Something to add a bit of charm to the flower bed like this miniature rusty bicycle.
So, with that in mind, I wanted to do something with these doves. They were our bridal cake topper when we got married, in the 70s. It has been stored away in my cedar chest for years and years.
The piece is plastic, with a lot of yellowing on the base.
I began by removing the pink gauzy bow and the side wires.
Using a spray paint, I chose a metallic oil rubbed bronze color to simulate a metal finish.
The paint has some metallic flecks in it that give the finish some depth.
I used several light coats on the top and sides as best as I could reach.
When it was totally dry, I turned the piece on its side to spray the underside of the doves and base.
Again, several coats were applied, turning it over to be sure all of the surface was covered.
In the sun, it looks like a bronze statue now. The darker color really brings out the detail in the base.
Nestled into the penstemon greenery, it really begins to look like a heavy bronze statue.
Placed in the dianthus pinks, the contrast in light flower and dark doves create a focal point for visitors to notice.
Yard art by recycling something from the past with wonderful memories is special. Now when I see that piece in the garden, it reminds me of the number of years we have been together, making dreams come true. No longer hidden away in a cedar chest, now it can be enjoyed all through the seasons.
Do you have memory piece you can upcycle, or have you already done one?
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