Lawn Ornaments Restoration DIY

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DIY Lawn Ornaments Restoration

I love having pretty garden statues, cute little garden gnomes and other cool lawn ornaments in my yard, but with the hot Louisiana sun we have, it really takes a toll on the paint and appearance of them. I hate to get rid of them and buy new ones, so I decided to take it upon myself to make them look brand new again!

Spring time is here! All the trees and flowers are starting to bloom. Grab those faded and dirty yard ornaments and make them new again!

diy ornament restorationYou can also see a couple of decorative rock figurines I am painting. One is done, and the other is just being started. See the difference how the painted one will really stand out in a flower bed or on a walkway!

The first thing I do is walk through my yard and decide who needs a makeover. I gather them up, make a bucket of soapy water, and clean them really well to get all the dirt and grass off of them. Let them dry completely.

Next, we are ready to paint! Gather all of the materials you will need first….

Painting Lawn Ornaments
  • paints and paint brushes (I use the small bottles of Acrylic paint that is easily found at Hobby Lobby or Michaels.)
  • newspapers or an old sheet
  • paper plate
  • cup with warm water
  • rubber gloves (optional)
  • paper towels
  • Clear coat (clear spray paint)

This is the fun part. You can use any design that was already there or you can create your statue or gnome totally different. The best part is there are NO rules. Whatever you envision in your mind is how you paint them.

When you pick a new color, just put a little paint on your paper plate and dip your brush in that to paint with. Remember, a little paint can go a long way. Make sure after each use or color, you rinse your brush in the cup of warm water and dry with a paper towel. Remember to let your brushes dry completely before putting away.

When you are done painting your lawn ornaments, let them dry completely over night, then spray with a clear coat. Let the first coat dry, and give a second coat.

Once they are completely dry, take them back out and show them off!

lawn ornaments

Just because they might not look so pretty and cute anymore is no reason to go out and buy new ones. This is a fun, easy, and inexpensive way to make them look brand new again. The acrylic paints can be found many times throughout the year on sale at Hobby Lobby or Michaels. They are easy to store. I keep my bottles of paint and my brushes in a couple of plastic tubs with lids on them.


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  1. Great Job! Those look beautiful again. I was seeing about going to Dollar Tree & picking up a few of their decorative stones (I’ve seen two that I like) & then using a mixture that I found to make my own stones w/the kid’s footprints & hand prints & laying them through out the yard & leading to the pool.

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