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:

notme said...

She's absolutely a changed woman!

Beautiful work, and thanks for sharing!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Gorgeous! She looks so much happier.

Brayton Homestead Interiors said...

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

love your work...

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Great save--she looks lovely now!

Karen said...

She looks beautiful!

pink*cherub*moon said...

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

Irene said...

Heavenly

Shabby soul said...

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

Shabby Gr8 Dane said...

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

The Feathered Nest said...

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

FRENCH LAUNDRY said...

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

Hugs,
Judy

Diane said...

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

Katie @ Wildwood Creek said...

Beautiful transformation!

Lesley said...

Brilliant. That is what I think.:)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

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

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

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

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

Mary looks fabulous now!

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

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

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

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

Petite Michelle Louise said...

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

Lori C said...

Mary's feeling much better now!

Tammy Wright said...
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Tammy Wright said...

Wow! She looks great! What a transformation!

De tout, de rien said...

Hail Rosemary! She's beautiful.

Marzia_Sofia said...

Mary Make Over, Rosemary ediction!

Little Miss Maggie said...

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

Kris said...

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

Cottage and Broome said...

I think you saved her! Beautiful…. Laura

Curtains in My Tree said...

Blees you Rosemary

A Shabby Moment in Time said...

Fabulous!
Blessings & hugs,
Karen

Stacey Merrill said...

simply lovely - well done

Faded Charm said...

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

Susan said...

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

Victoria said...

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

Ang. said...

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

Marsha said...

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!!!!!!!!!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

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

A Cottage Muse said...

She looks heavenly!

Bliss said...

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~

Michele said...

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

Eclectically Vintage said...

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

JP designs said...

She is prettier than ever! You do wonderful work!

andee said...

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

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

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

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

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

Candy said...

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

The Bold Abode said...

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

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Rosemary you are AMAZING!! Mary looks beautiful!!

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

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

Charlie atMatchMadeOnHudson said...

So beautiful -- what a great update :)

Charlie @ Match Made On Hudson

Rhissanna said...

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

Fiona, LilyfieldLife said...

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

Olive Cooper said...

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

augcott said...

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

Heaven's Walk said...

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

xoxo laurie

Cindy said...

She's very pretty now!
Cindy

Kathy said...

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

Help! Mama Remote... said...

Wonderful!!!you redeemed her :)

Help! Mama Remote... said...

Wonderful!!!you redeemed her :)

Melisa said...

She's beautiful again!

Rupa said...

You are a genius, period!