Gnome Repair

About seven years ago, I purchased some adorable garden gnomes. These little gnomes have lived in all sorts of flower pots and various places in my yard. Sadly, the sunshine had taken its toll and faded them. Because these gnomes have been with me for so long I was determined to rescue them and return them to the garden, good as new!

faded gnomes
The gnomes in their sun faded condition.

To begin, I gave them all a quick power wash with the hose and a gentle scrubbing to clean off any dirt. I staked them in the grass to dry in the sun, which didn’t take long at all. Next, I gathered them up and punched holes into a cardboard box so they had a place to stand while I worked on them. I used acrylic craft paints and brushes that I already had around the house. Other supplies included a plastic lid for mixing colors and a jar of water with paper towels to clean the brushes.

Paint and brushes
Gnome Repair Supplies

With everything ready it was time to begin painting. If you’re like me then you will spend hours being very precise with tiny brushes. I don’t mind spending a long time, with some t.v. in the background or an audiobook on, I find the time goes really fast! It might seem silly to spend hours repainting something that costs about $10, but I just can’t throw out things that can be fixed.

painted gnomes
Gnomes with a fresh coat of paint

Once the brightly colored gnomes were painted it was time to go bed. I let them dry completely overnight and then took them outside to spray with a clear protective coating. I grabbed my go-to spray, Krylon Triple-Thick Crystal Clear, and gave them a few coats. I was at the end of the can and ended up using another brand to add the final coats, but it worked out well enough.

clearcoat application
The gnomes getting a finishing touch

Now the gnomes are shiny and ready for more rain and sunshine! Knowing me, I’ll probably repaint them in a few years when they start to look sad again, but for now I will enjoy putting them back in their garden home.

gnomes in garden
The bright and happy looking gnomes are back in the garden.






A Fresh Coat of Paint

The red bird

I plant a lot of flowers every summer for my container garden. Years ago I purchased this resin bird statue to sit among my flowers. I leave this bird on my back patio all year round and the sun and rain end up fading it. Every other summer I repaint it and give it a couple coats of spray varnish. I’m pretty sure this statue will last forever! Well, this year I’ve been seeing all kinds of amazing bright green and orange flower pots. Because I already have more than enough flower pots, I decided to bring in a bit of new color with paint. Since my red bird was looking less than red, I figured it was time to try green!

My shiny new bird statue

I gave it a good scrub with soapy water and let it dry. I used some acrylic paint I had already, the color is called Citron Green. I didn’t bother with a base coat of primer or anything, so I had to do about three coats of green to get a good even finish. Once that was dry I sprayed it with the clear to help it last longer in the rain and sun. I really love this color!

Fresh greens

I put the bird next to my Coleus plants. The way the leaves match the birds green color is great, and the purple and pinks make it pop even more. After seeing how bright and modern my bird was looking, I decided to repaint a small bunny statue I had.

Brown bunny statue

This little guy came from the Dollar Tree. Like the bird, it’s resin and will last for a very long time, it just started looking kind of faded and not as cute. An easy fix, white paint! I’ve loved seeing all of the things people paint white these days, from thrift store statues to ugly lamps. A solid white object looks really modern and cool. I scrubbed the bunny with soapy water and let it dry. I used white acrylic paint and gave it a spray of clear varnish as well.

The white bunny

This little bunny fits in the palm of your hand, and fits neatly on top of a flower pot. I love the contrast with bright flowers and leaves. Next year I think I’ll repaint a few more garden statues and maybe even some of my flower pots. This was a free project because I already had the paints on hand. A little more than an hour, quicker if you use spray paint, and you get a whole new look!

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