05.08.13

DIY Painted Wooden Windchimes...

Posted by Christina // 17 Replies

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You know that lately I have been backyard dreaming.  Longing for days of margarita sipping and sun soaking.  So obviously when Sherry, Katie, Renee, and Emily announced the Spring Pinterest Challenge my attention went straight out the window.

My original plans were to build a grotto ala Mr. Hefner but Tim put his foot down when I said the only bunnies making an appearance would be furry.

So I turned my attention to a few of my favorite pins. pinterest inspiration We already have a welcome mat surplus, so I started making plans to bring color into our backyard oasis in other ways.  Enter stage left, the wooden wind chimes. painted windchimes I have a weak spot in my heart for the tink tink of a wooden chime.  You too?  Well, here let’s make them together.  Go put your patience pants on, and bring a pair for me too. the goods I began by painting one little chime while sitting on the floor.  Then it dawned on me, I would be painting one chime at a time and holding it until it was fully dry so that I didn’t get paint everywhere and ruin my project.  Then I put on my thinking cap.

I grabbed some yarn and hung the chimes from a hook in our ceiling.  My smartest move to date, thank goodness for thinking caps.

I used my thumb to pull the chime out and give it a quick thin coat, then let it dry for a hot minute.  On to the next one. painfully slow I will not lie to you and tell you this project is incredibly easy and you can finish it in ten minutes.  These windchimes took over my life for seven hours.

It was as close as I have been to throwing in the proverbial towel, especially when I decided that you couldn’t see the orange and red paint well enough.

So those chimes needed to be sanded and repainted in the “cool” colors.  There may have been a nervous breakdown, or at least a lot of ice cream consumed. i know from experience Luckily, the result was marvelous and I couldn’t be happier.

I have already hung them up and forced Tim to sit outside with me admiring their cheery disposition.  I just can’t get enough. painted bamboo windchimes Are you a fan of windchimes?
DIY anything neato lately?
Need a gallon of ice cream?

 

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17 thoughts on “DIY Painted Wooden Windchimes…

  1. Janelle

    I hope you meant “smartest move to date in terms of DIY” because I’m pretty sure Tim would say your smartest move to date has something to do with him 😉

    Also, I’m not a huge wind chime person because I’m always worried about annoying the neighbors but if I had a bunch of land, I’d hang one or two. I enjoy hearing them during summer thunderstorms. (Is that weird?) I lurrrrve the colors you chose! Did you have them on hand from another project?

    I painted terracotta pots recently and it was almost as time consuming as your project but turned out super sweet. Unfortunately they were gifts so I gave them away. I’m such a fool for being generous! haha 😉

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    1. Christina Post author

      It is so funny that you said that because when I wrote the post I originally wrote, “smartes move to date…besides sitting down next to T a couple years ago” but I thought that mught be confusing! He was most def my best move yet!

      Yea, that is why I went with wooden. I think the little tinkerbell chimes can be annoying, and I cant afford the giant copper ones! Hopefully they don’t bother anyone haha.

      I went and bought the paint because I am a total sucker for any excuse to have thousands of paint samples around haha! Awwww you are too generous, do you at least have pictures?

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  2. Janelle

    At least now you have that paint for many more projects! Woo! I am so in love with the colors. Can I use them as nail polish? haha

    Oh heck yes I took photos of the pots. Not fancyschmancy photos though because I did the project from 10pm-2am and when they were dry I was in a rush to get to the party (thus the gift). Dang! I’ll probably post about it tomorrow if you’re interested.

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    1. Christina Post author

      Yes, please do! I’d love to see them plus I need ideas of what I can do with all this paint 😉

      I love the colors too, I want to bring A LOT of color to our back yard this year so I am sure they will come in handy!

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  3. Trisha D.

    Love the color combo and the hollow sound wood chimes make! Also always digging the graphics. What font did you use for the first photo, “slowly but surely,” and “paint your”? It’s super cute!

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    1. Christina Post author

      Awwwwww thanks girl! I think the font is Admirals Post or Admiration Post or something like that. You know I got it at dafont.com so let me know if you can’t find it by searching those and I will look when I get home to get an exact name haha 🙂

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    1. Christina Post author

      Awwww THANK YOU!

      That was a dang hunt! I went to Pier One, Lowes, Home Depot, KMart, and A couple local shops to find them. FINALLY found a set at Hobby Lobby (they said they have them year round). Isn’t that how it always works, you see them everywhere until you need them. Then it’s a wild goose chase haha.

      Thanks for stopping in 🙂

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  4. Emily Boyle

    I just restained my bamboo wind chime last summer but I’m definitely doing this the next time they are looking a little too weathered. Awesome idea!

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