Gwen Moss · Mar 1, 2016

how i transformed a cheap statue into a classic stone sculpture

What do you do when you have caviar taste and a smart-shopper budget?

Let me show you what I did recently.
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.

This is my cheapo $7.99 "art" piece I bought from TJMaxx

Here's the Before:

The first thing I did was cover it with two coats of Annie Sloan White Chalk Paint.

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 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.'

my new "stone sculpture" what do you think?

This is what I have on these shelves so far--
And 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?

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:

So how bout you?
What 'little thing' have you been working on lately?

xo Leslie

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