Good morning junkers...I'm Mr. Dump!
Sarah has had such a fun time blogging, that I decided I would jump in on some of the action. I recently went to her with an idea in mind, and my only demands (which were more like softly spoken requests) were that I be allowed to do this edit-free and without any suggestions. She agreed (hesitantly), and thought it might add a different dimension for her friends that follow along in our adventures.
I will be running a series of posts that occur every Wednesday. These posts will often give a more intimate, behind-the-scenes approach to life as a Dumped and Discovered addict. Most will be project related, while others full of mistakes and blunders. So in an attempt to mock the ever-so-infamous "Hump-Day," I bring to you:
Dump-Day with Mr. Dump
Today's project: Rooster Window
Don't mind the crazy shenanigans behind the glass, I'd like for you to focus your attention on the actual window!
Old windows are fantastic and often look great on their own. Being that I NEVER leave anything alone (I think it has something to do with being an only child), I had to tamper...
Prior to this rooster project, I thought old windows would make a great table:
The table turned out somewhat sturdy, but what was I thinking with that GREEN? Needless to say, this didn't make the cut and has been sitting in our garage ever since.
Back to the project at hand...a Rooster Window...
I've always had a slight talent for drawing/tracing cartoon characters (yes mother, this talent is from you), so I decided I would try to draw and paint a rooster on the window. I HAVE to look at something to draw it, so I found a website that children frequent to color pictures. For this project, I chose Rooster 2.
I started by drawing on the glass of the window with a red dry-erase marker. Project Note: Draw on the "pretty" side of the window that you want to display. If you're not an artist, don't worry!!!! Find a picture that you like, save it to a removable disk/USB, and go to your closest Staples or Office Max. They will print the picture as large as you want it. Then you can put it under the window and TRACE!!!!
After you finish drawing, flip the window over and this is what it will look like.
Next, I took a paint brush (the smaller the better) and traced the dry-erase marker with a black, latex paint (it took two coats). Project Note: If you mess up...grab a razor blade!!!! The paint will scrape right off!
Your window should now look something like this (notice the red marker behind it).
Turn the window over (back to the "pretty" side), and with a wet rag, wipe off the dry-erase marker. Now your window should resemble something like this.
Now flip the window again. It's time to add some color!!!!! Project Note: If you're not sure what colors you want to use, go back and test out your coloring combinations on the website mentioned above.
I went to our local craft store, and picked up some window paint. For windows, I prefer this over latex paint because it gives your project a little more depth, a little more gloss, and a little more AWESOME! Here is what I purchased:
Finally...I started painting (I'd like to thank Sarah for capturing me in perfect form...and for not capturing my bald spot)!!! Project Note: It will probably take you two coats. Paint with the darker colors first!
Finally, your window is complete! Now doesn't this look better than a green table?