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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Rooster Problems



Remember this cute little rooster I found at goodwill that looks like the brother to my big one. Well, I had my pan of hot soapy water and I was cleaning the kitchen as usual and this little guy got all sticky. The more I scrubbed, the more his finish started coming off. I found out his stain was really yucky kitchen grease, or at least I am guessing.


Now I am not a clean freak, but I am a fanatic about a clean kitchen and I just couldn't handle that, so I got out the Soft Scrub and really started to scrub. When I got through, it was totally white, no glazing at all. Really looked sort of sad.


So out came the stain and I got busy trying to give this little guy back a little character.


Ok, not too bad, still needs a little more playing with.


That's much better, but the base is way too yellow. Got to work on that.


A finish coat of clear to match the big one and I called it good. Now I know it is clean and he shines like his big brother. Much better.


I am linking to Transformation Thurs. @ The Shabby Chic Cottage.

Also just a small reminder about the Fall Cloche Party on Sept. 17th. , and don't forget the Barnyard Bash on the 10th. Details and both buttons are on my sidebar.

Thanks so much for stopping by, I really enjoy your visits.

44 comments:

  1. Marty,
    That was a great idea!! Staining that chicken that is. It looks great. I will have to come up with a cloche!
    Sherry

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  2. I'm glad he got his bath..icky! He looks great now!

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  3. Very impressive! You did a great job.
    Karen
    Ladybug Creek

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  4. I LOVE it! You are right it didn't look good chalk white. You did an excellent job... NOW Marty I don't want to pry, BUT I think your "rooster" MAY be a hen. and actually I think the two look like a perfect couple!!! Now stand back and look at the two of them and tell me what you think??? Are there eggs in their future???
    Hugs, Donna

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  5. Oh how funny Marty! This sounds like something I would do! I wash everything;)! I could never bring something home...plop it in it's spot and call it a day! My kids say I have OCD...obsessive compulsive disorder.

    You did a beautiful job giving the rooster his character back...and the best part...like you said...HE'S CLEAN!!!

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  6. HI, these things do happen, but you did a great job! Really,was very nice.Fatima-Scrapart.

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  7. How funny, a blanched rooster :)

    He's looking like his normal, but much cleaner, self.

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  8. He's clean and lookin mighty handsome too.. So, you did good:)

    Sonny

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  9. I bet that grubby rooster really enjoyed taking a bath! LOL!!
    Warmest Hugs,
    Sandi @ Bearly Sane
    P.S. Please stop by when you get a chance, I have a great giveaway on offer.

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  10. That is so cute Marty!
    I love your polka dot rooster!
    And I am excited about the cloche party too, there is always so many neat ones to see!
    Thanks for the B-Day wishes too!
    Hugs,
    Cindy

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  11. Very funny Marty!!! You gave the rooster a bath! Great idea using the stain!

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  12. Gosh, Marty! You are so talented, creative and very thoughtful to help that poor little rooster! :)
    He looks great, now!

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  13. I was looking at them, and I have to agree with Donna. I think 'he' is a 'she' and a mighty fine couple they make!

    Lynne
    dlynne1722yahoo.com

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  14. Great idea to use stain! Mr. Rooster is looking good now!

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  15. Hi Marty...

    Ohh nooo! Well my friend, now I'm looking around to see if some of the things that I have at my place is just plain ol' dirt and grime...instead of a true finish! Hehe! You did GOOD though!!! I think that a little dark stain and another shiny of coat of shine...did the trick! You're sooo clever! I didn't think that you could even use stain on glass...I have learned something new today! Thanks for the tip!!!

    Well my friend, I am sooo looking forward to the fall cloche party! I need to get busy with some autumn decorating! I can't wait to see everyone's pretties! I just checked out your last post...wow!!! You always have the most gorgeous cloches, my friend! I especially liked your kitchen island vignette with the cloche!!!

    Love ya,
    Chari @Happy To Design

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  16. Marty, that is funny. You cleaned off the grease that was adding the patina and then he was too white so you fixed him with stain. Very good job.

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  17. Oh, Marty, I thought you were going to say he slipped from the soapy water and broke! Whew! : ) I scrub everything that comes home with me from Goodwill. In fact, one of the first things I do once I have everything in is fill the sink with hot water and soap. I think you got him looking good though and I was wondering if you were going to put a clear coat on top. I love that whole vignette!

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  18. Marty, You totally amaze me with your creative ideas and tasks! Those chickens look great together and the stain really looks wonderfully authentic. I should probably pull my chicken family down from the shelf and give them a scrub...it's time. Thanks for your blog and sharing. Yvonne

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  19. Too cute!, Marty. I'd never have thought to do this ... there's have been lots of boo-hooing.

    You are one amazing gal.
    Have a lovely eve ~
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

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  20. Marty that is so funny but it reallly turned out looking perfectly in your kitchen. Love this story,Kathysue

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  21. It turned out great! I remember once, I used nail polish remover to remove the stickiness left from a price tag on what I thought was a glazed pot. The nail polish remover took off the paint! So I had to spray paint the pot.
    Hugs,
    Penny

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  22. The trials and tribulations of being a bargain hunter! Sometimes we come home with a little more than we actually "bargained" for!
    He/She looks much better now and right at home again!
    Vanessa
    http://southerninmyheart.blogspot.com

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  23. wow proof you can be too clean! Great fix!

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  24. Well he certainly is all clean and old looking again! I thought you were going to say you scrubbed his spots off too! LOL! Great Fix!

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  25. He looks more real now, like he has been playing in the dirt.

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  26. You did a great job of "antiquing" him but I cannot imagine someone having something so filthy in their kitchen or even the idea that it could GET that filthy in a kitchen, sweetpea! Ughhhhh.
    xoxo,
    COnnie

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  27. I guess "all's well that ends well applies here! You went a round about way and ended up with an even spiffier looking rooster.

    Way to go!

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  28. Yikes! I bet you almost croaked when you realized his "varnish" was grease. I'm so happy that you were able to get him spiffed up. The poor little guy looked pretty naked after his cleaning :)

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  29. Great looking rooster, you did a super job on that bird!

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  30. What a great rooster -- love him better stained than all washed up! Looking forward to your fall party.

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  31. Howdy Marty
    Oh my how I have missed your creative inspiration .
    I am so glad I got a chance to drop by and see the rooster transformation.
    Thank you for sharing this great solution .
    Big Texas Hugs
    Until next time
    Happy Trails

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  32. Marty, I think you did a great job in cleaning the rooster & an even better one putting your little touch of detail on him!

    I saw on Pat's Blog that you were going to offer up prayers for my sweetie! THANK YOU! Charlene

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  33. That's really funny Marty! But you did a really great job of fixing him right back up again.

    Hugs XX
    Barbara
    Moore Whimsies

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  34. Looks great Marty! Kitchen grease - yuck! He does look so like he's related to your big boy! Hope they have fun together! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  35. I thought maybe you were going to be stuck with a polka-dot rooster! You did a fantastic job...both cleaning and refinishing. I think it looks much better than before...

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  36. Oh, that is just too funny! Who would have thought. You made him gorgeous again though and now nothing sticky. I especially don't like other people's grime, mine I understand a little better!

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  37. Great job! Looks good as new!

    Katherine

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  38. HI MARTY!!!
    YOU amaze me, I would have cleaned him too, even scrubbed him too, but I would have thought I ruined him and probably tossed him in the trash. WHAT A GREAT IDEA you had!!he looks brand new to me!!!
    great ideas you always have!!
    have a great week end.
    Any big plans????
    Hugs,
    jamie

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  39. Now I am laughing! He went from dirty to just looking like he is dirty!! I'm with you, I'm not a fanatic about everything being spotless but I don't want anyone else's dirt in my house!!

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  40. I have just become a follower of your blog...it is lovely. I very much like what you did to your rooster...they sure look like they match...take care...Sue @ Sprucelake Cottage

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  41. Great job! Now the little rooster matches his "big brother" perfectly! You'd never guess they weren't a pair.

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  42. What a lucky rooster, clean as all get out and looking just so proud! Good job Marty!

    Nancy

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  43. The rooster looks fab now! And...now I must clean, I feel guilty!

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  44. Marty, he looks wonderfully clean now!
    Sandra

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