Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Mary's Makeover

"She's seen better days".  That's what the lady at the garage sale said when I picked Mary up.




That was an understatement.



Mary had a multitude of chips, dings, and a broken neck.  I actually walked past her several times, but I felt she needed a little help.  So, I took her home.



I cleaned Mary, added a little filler around her neck, and gave her many layers of white gesso.  I then gave her patina with a wash of dirty water for a garden statue feel.  I let the water seep into the crevices, wiped her off, and  followed with another layer of gesso.

61 comments:

  1. She's absolutely a changed woman!

    Beautiful work, and thanks for sharing!

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  2. I love her- perfect amount of aging- looks serene and elegant,
    Karen

    love your work...

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  3. I'm so glad that you gave Blessed Mary a make-over and a second chance! I love old religious statues like this and the make-over you performed is wonderful - she looks brand new! Way to go! Hugs, Leena

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  4. I think she is lucky to be passed into your hands: you made a little magic! Darling Rosemary, I love to see your before-after!!
    Silvia

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  5. Stunning! She is truly a treasure. Thank you for sharing.

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  6. You are amazing girl!!! You have a wonderful eye and know exactly what to do to turn something cast off into something GORGEOUS!! I just love Mary ~ she's just beautiful ~ hugs and love, Dawn

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  7. She is stunning Rosemary! You did her proud...

    Hugs,
    Judy

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  8. You are so clever and talented as a makeover artist! She is beautiful.

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  9. Brilliant. That is what I think.:)

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  10. I think she looks angelic, Rosemary! I think you were meant to take her home and make her lovely again.

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  11. Oh you saved Mary~~ she looks all better and so much prettier now!

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  12. Beautiful! I never would've thought to use dirty water. She looks great.

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  13. You pretty much amaze me!!! It looks great Rosemary!

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  14. gorgeous!!! what did you use for a "filler?" I have a statue in need of some TLC as well. LOVE! ;)

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  15. Mary's feeling much better now!

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  17. Wow! She looks great! What a transformation!

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  18. Mary Make Over, Rosemary ediction!

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  19. You gave Mary a makeover treatment for sure. Looks like a cement statue now. Beautiful job as always.

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  20. Gorgeous! She's beautiful! Amazing what a little TLC can do. I'm sure Mary loves her new makeover! :)♥♥

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  21. I think you saved her! Beautiful…. Laura

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  22. You would never know she had such damage....wonderful job restoring her to beauty again. I have a similar Mary that need gluing, patching and repainting as well and I think she is my favorite of all:-)

    xoxo
    Kathleen

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  23. You restored her beautifully, Rosemary, and now she looks so at peace. :)

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  24. Oh, she looks beautiful Rosemary!!! I bet she feels better now too in her spiffy new paint job:)

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  25. I dislike that ugly blue and faded white that the Mary's are all painted in, your's looks SOOOOOO much better!!!! good job, as usual!!!

    Angela from NJ

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  26. Wow, That is an amazing transformation. You turned something tacky and broken into something truly beautiful. You have a great eye for trash to treasure!!!!!!!!!

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  27. She looks wonderful Rosemary!! Love her makeover- glad you decided to rescue her :)

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  28. I like it. I prefer my statuary in no more than two tones, and the Mary's I always see are very colorful. I didn't think to bring the one I saw home and paint her. Next time.

    ~Bliss~

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  29. Hi Rosemary ~~ the statue is beautiful. I would love to find a statue like that. There is one here in a local antique store but the price is $99. Not sure if I want to spend that much, would you????

    Have a great day,
    Michele
    Pearl 13.1

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  30. Mary looks like she's in heaven living at your house!

    I just went to a yard sale thrown by nuns! Boy did I score big! Mary was definitely looking down on me that day!
    Kelly

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  31. She is prettier than ever! You do wonderful work!

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  32. Just lovely Rosemary. I would love to buy her for my father's 90th
    birthday. I will email you.

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  33. Beautiful, Rosemary! I appreciate you linking to the OHP this week. Thanks!

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  34. You gave her a most heavenly transformation..one that she so rightfully deserves....Beautiful job Rosemary!...

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  35. GORGEOUS. I am so very glad that you saved her.

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  36. Do you think you could slather me in gesso so I can look as good as Mary? She looks *divine*...

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  37. Rosemary you are AMAZING!! Mary looks beautiful!!

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  38. Oh my gosh she's beautiful...amazingly so. Wonderful transformation.

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  39. She's lovely. What a really nice job, Rosemary.

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  40. Rosemary - you did a beautiful job. you'd never guess what she looked like originally.

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  41. Splendid transformation. I buy Mary's when I can and rosaries. hugs, olive

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  42. She's beautiful .... she was lucky you found her! :-D

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  43. She was just waiting for a pair of loving hands to bring her back to life, Rosemary. She's just beautiful! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  44. Lovely, You made her beauty shine, Thanks for redoing her.
    Kathy

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