Painted Pond Fish

I get a lot of my ideas from fellow bloggers. 

You know how someone can look at something and see it in a new light, update it, and the next thing you know you're looking at something similar that you own and thinking, hey I can do that!

That was the case with this old scaly chipping fish decoration that I had setting next to our pond for ten years, and I'm going to show you how easy it is to update something with a fresh coat of paint.

Update an old fish with Fusion Mineral Paint, Bliss-Ranch.com

I got the idea from Christy at Our Southern Home, a fellow team member with me at Thrift Store Decor.

Last month Christy updated a similar looking fish by just changing the color, and my similar fishy was begging me for a new look too.

Painted Fish, Our Southern Home

When I saw her vase holding fish, I thought what the heck why not update my old fish - a new coat of paint certainly wouldn't hurt his looks any!

Update an old fish with Fusion Mineral Paint, Bliss-Ranch.com

The little fella got two coats of Fusion Mineral Paint in the Michael Penney line called Pebble.  It's a nice soft gray.

Update an old fish with Fusion Mineral Paint, Bliss-Ranch.com

After he was dry I lightly sanded to distress just a bit. 

Only lightly because I wanted to get the project off the table, I actually think I would like a bit more aging around his gills, he's ten years old after all.

Maybe being out in the elements will naturally age him like it has me.  My gills aren't what they used to be.

Update an old fish with Fusion Mineral Paint, Bliss-Ranch.com

I put him back out among the hostas and rocks at the edge of the patio pond and he looks much cleaner and less like a piece of junk sitting there.  In fact his before color just blended in with the rocks, now he is noticeable.

Doesn't he look happy in his new paint?

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  1. Looking good! I have a garage full of critters that need an update. My concrete pig bench is about to get a fresh paint job, too.

  2. I love it! It looks like you found it at a high end store! It's a miracle what paint can do.

  3. I just love fish... any kind, any shape. I have a personal connection to anything fish and I love your patio fish especially that they are now white :)

  4. He is looking mighty spiffy change


  5. He's sure got a purdy mouth. And a cute tail, too.


  6. He's looks much happier with his fresh new finn-ish.


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