The Funky Chicken

It isn’t often that you can say you love your neighbors, but I do, and the reason I love them is because...they throw away some pretty cool stuff! When I first started curb shopping I usually went at night. I was kind of embarrassed and didn’t want my neighbors to know I was taking their things, but now a days, I actually have people stopping me and saying, “Are you that furniture lady? (Like I’m some crazy cat lady that lives on the end of the street) I’ve got a dresser you can have!” People ask if their table will make our blog, or what we’ll do with this chair, they have even helped me move larger pieces to my storage unit! How awesome is that! I'm like a rockstar on my street, lol! Either that, or people just think I'm plain nuts! I'd like to think the first, but I'm guessing the second.
This, is one of those pieces. I scooped it up from 5 houses down, it was a total score! One night after picking my daughter up from work I spotted it. “If it’s still there when I come back (I was running late as usual) I’ll grab it.” Sure enough there it was. We opened the van door, pulled it in, slammed the door, and squealed off. No one was the wiser and we we're one step richer! When I got a good home I took a good look at it. I knew immediately it was going to have funky chickens on it, I mean how could it not, right! It reminds me of a chicken coop.
But first, I had to do the boring stuff…I removed all the hardware, primed it and sanded it, BORING! Even though the majority of it was going to be white again, I knew being a used piece I better prime it just in case.

I removed the wire from the doors because I wanted to clean up the build-up of paint that had accumulated from years of painting and give it a smoother look, plus I wanted to spray paint the wire black without creating overspray on the door. I popped the staples out with a screw driver, then laid the screens on some card board, and then spray painted them black.

While those were drying, I spray painted the hinges to match. These hinges were really old but I thought a coat of spray paint would bring them back to life. No such luck. They were really crusty looking. I made a mad dash to the hardware store to grab some new ones, but they were out of black ones in the size I needed, so....silver it was (then back to the spray paint). I had to spray paint the screws as well to match. I use a floral Styrofoam square to hold the screws and spray the tops then just touch up with my fingertip after I screw them in (if necessary).

Once I sanded the doors down, primed and painted them I reattached the hardware, plus some really cute knobs from Hobby Lobby (50% off 1.29 apiece).

So, now for the fun part! The funky chickens! I use this great paper to trace my pictures when I want the same thing over and over again. Its awesome stuff and very easy to use. You lay it down (dark side on the bottom) lay your picture on top, trace over the top of your picture with a pencil our any dull object, then peel it back, and voila! Then just color it in. The lines are erasable and do not show through the paint (only sometimes through light colors, like pencil would). You can even use this paper on dark colors.

I then used some really high tech stencils for the flowers on the back. Notice the leaves? They're paint chip samples from Home Depot, but they make great leaf patterns don’t they?

Somehow, I wanted to incorporate a fun basket of eggs into this chicken coop, but I just wasn’t sure how, when this quirky little idea popped into my head one night.

I was lucky to find this bowl set at the local Rescue Mission Store for $3.00 (“Winning!” I could use the one bowl for the piece and sell the other bowls at our next craft show).

Picked up 2 packs of wooden eggs, painted them in wild tricked out colors and patterns, slapped them in the painted bowl, glued them to the top and called it a day! Yaya! Who’s your daddy?

After I did the final photo shoot I did add wheels to the bottom of this piece and magnet strips to the inside of doors (the kind you see on the insides of your cupboards) to keep them from closing in on themselves.

This piece will be going with us to the Syracuse Arts and Crafts Festival in July. I'm hoping somebody finds it as amusing as I do! Hahahaha!

Happy Painting!

I will be sharing with my friends @:

The rest of my friends can be found on my "link page" at the top of this page :D


Anonymous said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this, and I'm so excited that I actually got to see it in person! Someone is going to be very lucky! It is so whimsical but also so functional! I love it and I'm sure it will sell! Fast! ;-)

Lucy Designs said...

Im calling rockstar! I love those chickens and the eggs??? Stop it! I wish u lived in my 'hood... Oh wait, no i dont we wud b fighting over the neighborhood trash

annie baby said...

Missed you! Was so excited to see you had a new post. Love it love it love it! Your whimsical approach to the traditionally country piece is genius. thanks for sharing

Monica said...

Eggxacly perfect

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

what a fun piece! those flower are so whimsical!

Mimi said...

Oh Wow! I love this! How much fun and adorable is it? So glad I saw this at Whasasup Wednesdays - I learned so much just from this one post. I'm a new follower now so I don't miss anything you create! Thanks for sharing!

radn@HouseonAshwelllane said...

Thank you so much for the sweet comment! You have done some fun, bold pieces yourself!

Ashley said...

wow..so stinkin cute:)
i really love this:)

you did an amazing job

did i say i love it, hehe



Deborah March said...

Freakin' FABULOUS!!!!

Suzanne@thriftstoredecorjunky said...

LOVE it! Love the funky chickens, the geometric flowers on the bacK, and the little ones in front, tHe bowl of eggS, the bandana pattern on top...EVERYTHING!

KAT said...


Terry said...

Thanks for the nice comment on my MacKenzie Childs style table. Back at ya for colorful painting. I love yours. Terry

MMB Creations said...

Love this blog!!! So glad I found you on Motivated Monday.

raeannasouth said...

As ALWAYS I absolutely LOVE it!!!! I've never seen anything from you that I haven't but this might be my new favorite! I'm so inspired every time I look @ your blog so I am now following you. Keep up the AWESOME work!!!!!!

Kassi @ Truly Lovely said...

That. Is. ADORABLE!!! LOVE the bandanna on the top! And the bright colors! The chicken wire is perfect for the funky chicken theme! SO cool! Congrats on your feature at Bella's!

Bella@Bellabeforeandafter.blogspot.com said...

Mary, your funky chicken dresser is TOTALLY awesome. I love everything about it, and especially the bowl of eggs on top. That was the PERFECT tough, love it.

What a great blog you have here girls, I'm so thankful you found my blog. Now I am your newest follower, YAY!!

Thanks so much for linking up to my party :)
I loved this so much, I featured you girl!
Come grab a button girl, and display it proudly!

Hugs, Bella **Features from week #40** @ Bella Before and After

gail said...

great tute Mary! :)
so cute and colorful!
catching you!

Julie @ followyourheartwoodworking said...

You are so creative and original and bold!
When I need black screws I usually just use them and then after they are on the piece I put a dab of black nail polish on them. That way you don't have to use a lot of spray for a little screw plus you don't have to worry about scratching off the paint when you are putting in the screw.

I Play Outside The Box said...

Love your wild designs and colors!!

Becolorful said...

Swoon. Too damn fun. Thanks for linking it up to Motivated Monday. Your links raise the bar and give my little linky party credibility.

MaryBerry Boutique said...

Hi Mary:) Im so glad you came by my blog and told me you had the same piece as me! Its a small world for us MARY's lol:) I LOVE YOURS!! i love that you made your funky!:)