Thrift Store Roosters Makeover



I was busy today; I travelled out of the way for Annie Sloan paint, then went to a thrift shop, then went on a mini spree in Joann’s Fabric.  I got quite a few things, but my first project was to repaint the plaques that the roosters are mounted to.  I also threw in the mini-project of painting some little wooden picture frames while I had the paint out.

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So I started out with all my stuff


Annie Sloan 1L Chalk Paint in Graphite

Rooster Pictures

Picture Frames


Fine Grit Sandpaper

Painters’ Tape

Matte Mod Podge






So I know you’re not really supposed to prep your project when you use Annie Sloan paint, but the roosters were a little grimey, so I cleaned them and sanded the edges really lightly, just to get all the gunk off.  I left the little frames as is.


Next I taped up the roosters with painters’ tape so I didn’t get any on the images.  If you have a steady hand and patience, you can probably go without it, but I have no patience, so painters’ tape it was.

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Next the fun part: PAINT!




I gave them each three thin coats.  Two just seemed a little bit transparent in a couple little spots, and I wanted a nice, dark, solid color.  Annie Sloan’s Graphite isn’t perfectly black, more of a very dark slate color, but a beautiful and dark enough color for my purposes.  If you’re looking for a true black, I suggest seeing a sample of this paint in person before buying it.  It’s rather expensive to buy and then find out it wasn’t the color you were looking for.


After peeling the tape off (I get the best results peeling the tape off while the paint is still wet)…

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I noticed that I maybe didn’t do the very best taping job because the edges weren’t perfectly straight.  They were straight enough to probably be okay and couldn’t be seen unless you were really looking for it, but I’m a perfectionist, so I had to touch it up.


I went in with a teeny tiny brush and painted all the way up to the edge of the image, again making sure I put enough paint on for that nice, solid color.


And voila!  Nice solid colored painted frames!

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After letting the paint fully set, I’m going to go back over it with matte Mod Podge.  I love the chalky finish of the Chalk Paint, and I’d like to keep it as close to that as possible.  I am hoping it will also protect the rooster images (as they are printed on a thick glossy paper and can easily be scratched or ruined) without giving them a shiny sheen.  I don’t want to mess with the Annie Sloan wax quite yet, not on something that isn’t fully wood.


More thrift store makeovers to come!





Weird Egg

First of all, sorry for my absence for the past month or so.  I was busy finishing up finals, then going to Honduras, and then I spent another couple weeks just enjoying being home and relaxing.


Anyway, my 16 week old Tetra Tint (she’s not officially named, but we’ve been calling her Rooster due to her large red comb, her larger size, and the fact that she’s more vocal and aggressive than the rest of the girls) laid her first egg on the 6th.  It was pretty small but completely normal.  Here is a picture:

Yes, my hands are pretty small themselves.

Yes, my hands are pretty small themselves.


Everything’s great, right?  Well, now she has me scratching my head.  Today, three days later, she laid her second egg.  This one, not quite as normal.

Rooster's weird egg

Rooster’s weird egg

This egg was about the same size, but when I picked it up, it had this on it.  It was soft to the touch, and came off in one piece when I rinsed the egg off.  The egg underneath was slightly discolored, but in tact and otherwise normal; it was hard like a normal egg.  The discoloration probably could have been scrubbed away, but I know most people frown upon even rinsing their eggs, let alone scrubbing them, so I steered away from that.  I ended up hard boiling it and putting it in one of the nesting boxes in their new coop so they would lay there, though I’m sure it was perfectly edible.  There’s nothing wrong with Rooster and sometimes when hens start laying, their first eggs are a little unusual, so I guess it’s just one of those “weird eggs” one gets every once in a while.

However, I’m still extremely curious as to what this is, so if anyone has any idea, please let me know.  I’ve been asking around, but the only possible answer I’ve gotten is that maybe it’s a soft egg that didn’t form properly and got stuck to the regular egg.  That seems plausible, but if anyone has had this before or knows what it is, I’d love to hear about it.


My egg doesn’t seem to match any issues addressed in this article, but here is some information on egg quality problems:


Do you ever get any weird eggs from your hens?