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Shabby Chic Swan with Stand & Decoupage

One of my favorite inspiring child-hood stories is The Ugly Duckling. A little swan cygnet is mistaken for a duckling and is assumed to be ugly because it doesn’t look like the other ducklings. After time passes, that “ugly duckling” actually becomes a beautiful swan instilling the idea to not judge by outer appearance. Similarly, I’m giving this tired looking wooden goose a transformation into a shabby chic swan.

Prim Wooden Goose Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Meet Edward. I’ve lovingly named this goose because…well…why not? I name things, do you? So, Edward has an artsy-craftsy vibe going on. That wooden heart with grapevine wreath necklace have got to go.

Wooden Goose with Wreath | prodigalpieces.com

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DIY TIME

First, I take off the extras and set those aside in my #trashure stash. Then, I lightly use my sander to give the goose tooth. Now that it’s prepped for paint, I break out my black spray paint and cover both sides.

Spray Painted Goose with Black | prodigalpieces.com

When I acquired the goose, I noticed a hole at the bottom for a stand of some sort. So, I pieced together a base and stand from hardware store goodies.

Black Swan Stand | prodiaglpieces.com

Once I have my shabby chic swan started, I just need to give it a whitewash with a dry brush method.

Dry Brushing Paint on Shabby Chic Swan | prodigalpieces.com

Last, but not least, my swan isn’t shabby without some decoupage. I use this these collage paper rolls to apply them to the front in a random, rustic fashion. This stuff is cool. It comes in a pack of three different papers. You get eighteen feet (six feet each) of thick tissue paper perfect for creating.

Jim Holtz Collage Paper Rolls | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

However, before I call it done, I also wanted to add one last little thing using my rivet tool. I tell ya, my motto is #toolsoverjewels.

DIY Rivet Tool | prodigalpieces.com

THE REVEAL

Here’s my little ugly goose turned into a beautiful swan. Edward is now stylin’.

Farmhouse Chic Swan with Shabby Chic Style by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #shabbychic #home #homedecor

Decoupaged Shabby Chic Swan by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #shabbychic #diy #home #homedecor

And, of course, what is a shabby chic swan without a crown? tee hee. I used a piece of scrap flashing and tin snips to make this. Then, obviously, my rivet tool helped me pin it together for a perfect fit.

Shabby Chic Swan with Crown by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #shabbychic

Decoupaged Shabby Chic Swan by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #shabbychic

So, Edward and I would love to know what you think? Are you as smitten as I am? I love it!

Closeup of Shabby Chic Swan Edward by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse

White Shabby Chic Swan Art with Stand by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor

If you’d like to make Edward a part of your home, you can purchase him in my online shop. (SOLD)

Shop Prodigal Pieces Furniture, Vintage Finds, Handmade Goods, & Supplies for your home | shop.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

My goal is that you are truly inspired to see past the obvious and have some fun creating DIY art for your own home. In addition, do pin and share my shabby chic swan. Inspiring others is what I’m all about. You can do it too!

Sweet! This old prim goose got a shabby chic swan with whimsy. DIY details at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #shabbychic #home #homedecor #diy

Up next, these two leftover hooks have inspired me for a new project. See the new purpose HERE.

Coat Hooks Before | prodigalpieces.com

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Also, more projects like my shabby chic swan:

A misfit mirror has a gorgeous frame which makes it a perfect candidate for a shabby chic makeover. Come see the video tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces for some DIY fun. | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #shabbychic #home #homedecor #diy #crafts #videoHow beautiful! This trashed handmade wall clock was given new life as a beautiful butterfly by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | Come see the DIY details at prodigalpieces.com

Comments

  1. ColleenB.~Tx. says

    ‘Edward’ how cute; crown and all. With the crown, does that make him the Burger King goose? :}
    Edward sure looks like he’s strutting his stuff. :-}
    Have a great day and enjoy your evening

    • Larissa says

      He’s such a fun guy. haha. Now he’s a swan worth looking at.

  2. Rebecca - NC says

    Edward, I would have thought you a lost cause….. Fortunately, you were spotted by someone whose creativity knows no bounds!!!! A project Hans Christian Anderson himself would be amazed and inspired by! 😊 🦢

    • Larissa says

      aww…how fun! Thank you for the smiles from ear to ear, Rebecca. 😀

  3. gwen says

    Well, I have to admit, I saw absolutely no hope for this goose! But Edward looks great and I wouldn’t be embarrassed to have him on my porch! Another job well done!

  4. Sigrid says

    Thank you for giving him back his dignity. Beautifully done.

    • Larissa says

      I couldn’t resist his prim state. haha. Thanks so much, Sigrid. 😀

  5. Paula says

    King Edward! He is definitely regal; a splendid swan indeed. Another lovely transformation. The Ugly Duckling was a favorite of mine too. Thank you for sharing!

  6. Charleen says

    Edward is certainly the “spruce goose”.The 👑 was the finishing touch!! Great redo.

  7. Mary Loveland says

    King Edward is a very good looking dude! He would make a great porch sitter!

  8. Debbue says

    Edward is lovely, Glad you saved him!!!

    • Larissa says

      aww…how fun! Thank you so much, Cheryl (from Edward and I …haha) 😀

  9. Becky says

    Haha! Perfect for that space than needs a little quirky/formal humor!

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