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How to Fix a Faded Garden Ornament

Paint washes off! Learn the secret of repainting a faded garden ornament so that it will stay bright and beautiful.

The other day, I wrote a post about fairy gardens, and I shared a picture of the fairy garden my mom helped me to make before she died. I put it outside, on the porch in the shade, I mentioned that my pretty pink bird house had disappeared.

Fairy garden ornaments

The next day, Grace and I went looking for the pretty pink bird house, and we found out it – in the leaf litter under the picnic table.

It looked like this, except it had a giant cotton ball of a spider nest in the top that I cleaned out before I took a photo.

How to Fix a Faded Garden Ornament

Pretty sad.

It made me sad.

I had to fix it.

Here's what color it was before it became faded and sad –

faded fairy garden ornament

Hot pink.

So I decided that I wanted it to be hot pink again, and I set out to find a way to make hot pink happen.

I considered all kinds of paint, and I settled on my favorite – nail polish.

I became hooked on painting with nail polish when we started painting our Mod Melts with it.

When I looked at the basket of nail polish, I found the perfect hot pink.

Painting a Faded Garden Ornament

After one coat, it looked good. I could still see all the distressing, and the color was relatively even.

I decided to give it another coat to make the pink a little brighter.

Then, because I can't leave well enough alone, I decided to paint the roof (which looked perfectly fine beforehand). I didn't like how that looked, so I tried to wipe the nail polish off with nail polish remover – and wiped some of the original brown roof paint off.

All this happened on one side only, so the one side of the roof looked nice and brown and distressed and the other side looked weird and brown with white splotches and not nice at all.

So then I decided to use gold nail polish and put it on really thick and cover whatever was underneath.

It took three coats, but it worked. My pink house has a gold roof.

All that was left was to paint the little flower, which I did with some yellow and a little spot of glittery pink.


I love it.

So there you have it.

Hot pink was from OPI. Gold was from OPI. Yellow and blue-green was a random $5 Below brand. Pink glitter was from Maybelline. You know, if you're wondering.

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1 thought on “How to Fix a Faded Garden Ornament”

  1. I’ve painted a few things with nail polish when I was younger…completely forgot about it until reading your post! I’ll have to stock up on some of those funky colors at 5 Below and keep them in my craft stash!

    Beautiful job on the birdhouse, by the way!

    So sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. Hugs to you and your family.

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