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How i Transformed a Cheap Statue into a Classic Stone Sculpture

By Laharris1

What do you do when you have caviar taste and a smart-shopper budget?
Let me show you what I did recently.
how i transformed a cheap statue into a classic stone sculpture First, my inspiration.These might be my all-time favorite bookshelves ever, I love the classic vibe that was achieved with the understated color scheme and the styling of these shelves. But finding an authentic marble or alabaster piece that fits into my shelves hasn't happened so far, so I decided to make my own version until I find something better.
how i transformed a cheap statue into a classic stone sculpture
This is my cheapo $7.99 "art" piece I bought from TJMaxx
Here's the Before:
how i transformed a cheap statue into a classic stone sculpture
how i transformed a cheap statue into a classic stone sculpture
The first thing I did was cover it with two coats of Annie Sloan White Chalk Paint.
how i transformed a cheap statue into a classic stone sculpture
Then I found some Delta acrylic paints in black and cream around the house and basically began applying several coats of both colors over this piece.
how i transformed a cheap statue into a classic stone sculpture
How do you like my fancy art equipment?A foam brush, a paper plate and a grocery bag to remove most of the paint off my brush before I dabble it on the 'man.'
how i transformed a cheap statue into a classic stone sculpture
how i transformed a cheap statue into a classic stone sculpture
how i transformed a cheap statue into a classic stone sculpture
how i transformed a cheap statue into a classic stone sculpturemy new "stone sculpture"what do you think?
 how i transformed a cheap statue into a classic stone sculptureThis is what I have on these shelves so far--
how i transformed a cheap statue into a classic stone sculptureAnd here's the bookshelves on the other side (of the fireplace).
It's the little things we collect that add charm and coziness to our home don't you think?
how i transformed a cheap statue into a classic stone sculpture
I still haven't stopped collecting the deep, sepia-colored books that I love... just for their beauty. But for now I'm keeping my shelves on the lighter side more like the shelves in this picture:
how i transformed a cheap statue into a classic stone sculpture
So how bout you?
What 'little thing' have you been working on lately?
how i transformed a cheap statue into a classic stone sculpture
xoLeslie

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