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Spray Painting the Gnome

I can't believe how lovely the weather has been the last couple of days! It's been a summer heaven again - I'm definitely not complaining! I took the happy weather opportunity to do a bit fun spray paint DIY. Whilst we were digging up the garden we discovered the previous owner had had a little ornament-garden-area. There were plastic squirrels, birds and badgers. I'm not really into this kind-of garden decor. When I was younger and lived with both my parents, my Dad used to hang plastic butterflies and climbing squirrels onto the front of the house, with an array of even more plastic animals lined up along the doorway welcoming you to our house. Even at a very young age, I didn't find it to my liking. I think maybe because he slightly over-did it a bit, if you know what I mean? But each to their own, and I bet when this garden was actually maintained, the little animal-garden looked quite cute.

So whilst plastic garden animals aren't for me.. we did also find, this lovely little gnome.


I'm not really a fan of gnomes either (although gnomeo and juliet is almost enough to convert anyone!), but I felt like I wanted to bring a piece of the old garden into the new, and this guy seemed like the perfect thing. We didn't intend on spray-painting him initially, but during a trip to Homebase we spotted a selection of awesome spray-paints. We stood admiring all the different collections thinking "what can we spray paint?" - and then, just like a light-bulb turning on - the gnomey.

This spray-paint isn't actually meant for outdoor use - but in many ways that's perfect! It'll allow the paint to age and wear and not look so painted-on and perfect. So what spray paint did we choose? This awesome copper-look one, of course!


Are we crazy? Probably. We cleaned up the gnome using a mould and mildew dettol spray; it was the kind-of cleaning where you could literally scrub at it forever. But I decided at this level of clean, he was ready for a spray.


Little coats and lots of them, is the key to spray-painting. So a few coats later, here he is.


Not the most advanced DIY idea, but something fun and quirky to add to the garden. This is where he lives now and hopefully his paint-job will age pretty well and make him look like he's been in the garden forever (which he already has). Bit of a marmite-man I guess.. You'll either love him or hate him. ;) I may name him Marmite.


There were other awesome spray-paint varieties meant for outdoor use; I was tempted by some stone-look ones as well, but in the end we decided to do something a bit crazy. And he's definitely crazy.

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