Who doesn’t love a good thrift store run, right? Recently, I came across a good load and included in it were these two metal farm animals – a cow and a rooster. I have an addiction, not only to farmhouse stuff, but also to quirky metal art and these fit the bill.
My belief is that they are actually lanterns. Each one has a spot where you can insert a votive candle and see the light peeking out of the holes. However, I had to giggle because the rooster was missing his legs and I thought…what am I going to do with that? My kids loved them and I knew I could find some sort of purpose for them.
In all of my repurposing projects, I head out to my stash and almost instantly something speaks to me. Here is what I dragged in…
What you see is a barn wood plank on the bottom, two leftover table legs from my wooden totes, some luan remnants, a dowel, and a chunk of leftover wood from our clients custom open shelving made from 1800’s beech. Have I intrigued you yet? hee hee hee.
First up is the cow. I grab my drill and mount it to that barn wood plank with some screws. Then, I felt kinda funny drilling into the belly of this bovine.
However, there was a bit of room where I wanted to add some farmhouse funk. So, how about some milky goodness?
Next, using my transfer method, I applied the text to the barn wood and then hand-painted it in – my therapy.
Now for some farmhouse goodness…isn’t this metal art sign sweet?
In addition, I have a soft spot for cows as I used to collect any and all as a kid. Their genteel spirit and playful way just draw me in.
The best part…you can even still add a battery operated votive for some extra fun. Yay! Oh, and yes, that is really fresh milk that we get weekly from the lovely ladies at a local organic dairy farm.
Next is that legless rooster…hee hee. After mulling around a few ideas, I totally saw a weather vane in this handsome fella. Then, I grab my drill and one of those leftover antique table legs, and take that hole completely through, making it open to both sides.
Next, I use the same boiled linseed oil I used on my antique pew makeover to give that 1800’s beech wood a nice natural color and finish. Look how it brings out the grain…swooning!
Once the oil has had a chance to soak in, I drilled to make a hole in the barn wood and also in the base of that antique table leg. I am creating a space for a dowel to connect the two together.
From that scrap pile I showed you earlier, I take the dowel and luan pieces and create the cross-piece of the weather vane. Finally, here it is in the raw.
Notice I added a ceiling plate from an antique light fixture to the base. But, this guy’s not finished yet. I want patina, so I go to a copper metal effects set that I used on my Art Deco vanity. Let me tell you…this stuff ROCKS!
This is metal in a jar and when added to wood, metal, plastic, anything…it becomes oxidized with the green aging solution. See, I told you it was cool. tsk.
I gave my faux weather vane a coat of acid blocking primer and, next comes the gorgeous reactive copper paint.
While I could stop there, I am aching to see this thing take on that wonderful green patina. After that, I spritz it with the aging solution and watch the transformation take effect in minutes. Likewise, this is a cool experiment to show my homeschooled children. Science is fun!
Finally, are you ready to see my legless cock turned rustic weather vane? Meet Sir Clucksalot. (yes, I give quirky names to my creations at times)
I love the character this metal art has and find it amazing that it’s mostly made of wood. Additionally, how about that butcher block…swoon! It is available in my shop along with my cow and rooster creations. Come on over to see all there is to offer.
My kids kept giggling at this rooster turned weather vane because they like it so much. I have to admit, he’s kinda cute.
And not only that, but I love this green patina created in a half hour.
Additionally, if you love those faux cotton stems too, I have a video tutorial for you so that you can make two arrangements for less than $4.
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my metal art creations come to life and find a new purpose. Are you inspired to take the chance on some thrifted goods? tsk. I know you are.
In addition, pin and share to inspire others to get out there and DIY too. ♥
Up next, I’m showing you what I do with that other table leg and this pile of reclaimed goodness. Come on and see here!
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Oh you out did yourself. I love the weather vane.
I had so much fun creating these. Thank you, Debra!
Love them both! I might like the cow just a bit more though. 🙂
hee hee…moo. Thank you, Ceilia!
Girl, you have got TALENT! Love these and very clever and very farmhouse! I spent some years of my life on a Holstein dairy farm and love the Cow sign. The rooster is positively wonderful. Thank you for sharing these. Of course, the trick will be finding the cow and the rooster without his legs!! ha ha
ahahaha…yes! So happy you like them, Zoya. 🙂
Sherry Stuifbergen says
You are fantastic with your”vision” for making things look so good. I would have picked up the cow for sure at a thrift shop. You are so lucky with your thrifting. I can go weeks without a treasure! I will explore your shop for MORE goodness!
hee hee hee. Thank you, Sherry. I have fun in my treasure hunts and creating. 😉
Mary-the boondocks blog says
Wow, I am seriously swooning over that patina Larissa! I want some of that stuff!! Just you wait, next time someone comes to visit from the States I’m going to demand they bring me some bottled patina!! Of course, it would be nice if you came too so you could make all these things! 😉
It is seriously an addictive product. I am always on the lookout for what I can transform. Thank you for the love, Mary!
Gwen Clark says
The rooster weathervane was so creative but you surpassed yourself when you added the verdigris. Just love it and the cow as well.
Have never seen anything that fun at my local thrift shops. I, also, love anything made of iron.
Am going to make the cottonball branches, so fun!
That’s wonderful to hear, Gwen! Thank you so much. It can be scarce at the thrift store, which makes the good finds all them more exciting. 😀
Kimm at Reinvented & Roadkill Rescue says
Wow wow Wow, so cute! Farmhouse perfection. 🙂
Woot! Thank you, Kimm!
Starlene Dreyer says
I love the rooster. Good job.
My fave too. Thank you!
Marie, The Interior Frugalista says
Gotta love that patina that the Modern Masters Metal Effects kits give. Love how the cute rooster and the wood spindles have the same oxidized copper patina. You rocked this Larissa!
You and me both! Thank you so much, Marie. My rooster is headed to his new home and I must say it was hard to say goodbye!
Joan M. Stricker says
I just passed up a metal rooster earlier in the week and now I really want to go back and buy it.
Oooh….run!! 🙂 I hope you score it!
I couldn’t find these in your shop
I’ve got to try that copper patina paint on something! Very creative. Thank you for your inspiration.
Seriously you must! It is addictive. I can’t wait to use their other metals too.
Linda Clement says
Can’t choose, I love them both!!
Fun to hear. Thanks, Linda! 😀
Laurie @ VinYet Etc. says
I thought, I like them just the way they are! But I was wrong, I LOVE them now, so so smart! The cow is my fave! xo Pinned
You are so sweet, Laurie! Thank you.
Your creativity never ceases to amaze you. God truly gifted you!
You are too good to me, Janice. Thank you!