Sunday, September 12, 2010

Remember when?

I showed you this?  And said she would be coming home with me soon?



Well, she didn't.  But her friend did!!  Here is the story of how I got my swans.

I grew up with two swans.  I don't remember a childhood memory in our house without the two swans.
They sat on a ledge in our house and cast a shadow at night that could be seen from my parents room.
I used to wake my mom up at night because of those shadows!

Well they were in my mom's house for a long time and my step-dad even took some paint to them.
But I rescued them from the attic and brought them home to have a happy life with my family.
The swans came from Spiegel over 25-30 years ago.

Here is the before complete with bronze paint.



The transformation begins

One simple coat of paint was all it needed.


Then I distressed it with a light sanding and added some definition with Valspar glaze and acrylic paint.

Do you see his broken tail feather? This happened when I was about 8! 
They have been around for a while!




So what do you think?
Not bad for an old hand me down!

I am linking up with Between Naps on the Porch  for Metamorphosis Monday
A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesdays
House of Grace for Twice owned Tuesdays
Domestically Speaking for the Power of Paint Party
Faded Charm for White Wednesday

31 comments:

Sharing Shadymont said...

Your swans are beautiful and even more special are the memories! Thanks for sharing.

Karen- The Graphics Fairy said...

They turned out great!! What a wonderful transformation, for these lovely nostalgic pieces!

Shelia said...

Hi Lacy! Oh, your swans turned out beautifully and how special that you grew up with them. Hopefully their shadows won't scare you anymore! ;)
I've just one of your followers.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Ann said...

Very nice, Lacy!! I love them and it looks like you got a much, much better deal on two than one!
Have a great week.:o)
Fondly,
Ann
@
The Tattered Tassel

Junk and Jewels said...

I love your swans. Glad you rescued them.

Sheila @ Raggedykingdom.blogspot.com

xinex said...

The swans are beautiful and you did a great job repainting and distressing them...Christine

Entertaining Women said...

I love that you have cherished this small part of your heritage in such a loving way. Thank you for sharing the redo of your wonderful geese. Cherry Kay

Lindy said...

Not bad? It's awesome! I have a spot for one when you get tired of it!!

Miss Char said...

Wow, what a treasure complete with memories. Is there anything better than that? You did a wonderful job and I have Swan envy.

Tammy@ A Doctor in the House said...

Love 'em! Great job on refinihsing.

Susan said...

My favorite...decor with memories attached ;o) They are beautiful.

Sherry said...

It is always better to have something that brings back memories. My favorite things are those that belonged to a loved one before I own it. I like what you did to update it.

Janet - Birdland Treasures said...

I'm so glad you are able to enjoy these treasures from your growing-up years. You've re-finished them beautifully!

sweet violets said...

Love how these turned out!!! And such special memories too!!! Cleo

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

lacy, they look FABULOUS~!! well done indeed..

Sonny

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh they are gorgeous and so much more precious than the first one you wanted. I love them on top of your armoire. You did a wonderful job of renewing them. Thanks so much for linking to TTT Hugs, Marty

GardenofDaisies said...

Those swans look perfect on your armoire!! I love them so much with the coat of paint!

BailiwickStudio said...

How wonderful that the swans live with you now. They look very pleased with their situation! ::Jill

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Love your swans!! They are gorgeous and so much better that you have the history of them and remember them when you were younger! So great! Found you at BNOTP. Nice to meet you! :)

Olive Cooper said...

Your swans are very elegant. Well done. hugs♥olive

Rebecca said...

What a lovely story to go with your swans!

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

Pretty swans!

-Danielle

Vintagesouthernlife said...

Your swans are lovely. I'm so glad you were able to rescue and redo them. They look gorgeous on your armoire. Happy White Wednesday, Annette

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

This is the story of the ugly swans that became swans!!! LOL! Great transformations, great rescue and even better memories!!

Cabin and Cottage said...

Very Nice! Love where they ended up!

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

Lovely! I don't have any "family" swans so I may have to try my hand at making them with paper mache. That would be an accomplishment and a half! Yours are gorgeous.

Atticmag said...

Love swans -- they will make you happy every day and they are so worth working on.

Did you hear about our Roxy girls' bedding giveaway? Hope so (it ends tomorrow). Jane F.

Susan said...

I love the swans!! The glazing made them so much better!!

mercedes said...

Your swan story is so sweet... and so are your revamped swans! You did a fab job! :) mercedes

Terrell said...

Oh this turned out MARVELOUS!!! Way to go on such a beautiful transformation! I'm happy to be your newest follower of your sweet blog and I'd love to have you as a friend at FrouFrou Decor! I'd also like to invite you to link your creations up at my link party - Fabulous Friday Finds! Hope to see you there!
Hugs,
~Terrell @ FrouFrou Decor~

Kim said...

They look wonderful, Lacy. I really like their new spot.