Restoring a treasure

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May 23, 2014 by Buffy

My statue of Mary was hit by a falling branch and broke her head off.  I have had her for a very long time.  I was heart-broken so I had to try to repair her.  I fixed her head with some adhesive made for concrete.  (I would not use this adhesive if I had to do it over.  I would probably use mortar or grout of some sort.  This was runny and not stiff enough to repair some of the chips around her neck.)

image She was back in one piece but she wasn’t looking very good.  Of course we know I love a good painting project even if this one had more pressure to succeed than most of my projects.  I started by spraying her with a quick spray of spray paint.

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The spray paint gave a quick coat of coverage and made my painting easier.  This is not the look I was hoping to achieve.  So I got out my brushes and went to work.  She was almost done, she just needed a little work on her hair and neck.

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My completed project:

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While I wasn’t able to completely repair the damage, I think she turned out nice.

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4 thoughts on “Restoring a treasure

  1. She looks great! Good job.

  2. she looks great!! What kind of paint did you use as I have a wagon in my garden I need to repaint and was not sure what kind of paint to buy

    • Buffy says:

      I could not find a good recommendation on paint for concrete either, so I just sprayed her with rustolem spray paint for metal. It seemed to adhere well. Then I painted her with craft paint that said for outdoor projects. I also sprayed her with a clear coat.

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