Meet Mr. & Mrs. Pilgrim…
These solid wood pilgrims have been sitting in a Fall decoration box in our attic for a few years now. Last year, I pulled them out to go with our Fall decorations, but they just didn’t seem to “gel” with the rest of the decor. The colors were vibrant and Fall-ish, but they just weren’t “us”, so I decided to donate them to the Goodwill – despite Bentley’s obvious attachment. Greg passed by my stack of things to take to the Goodwill near the backdoor and said, “You’re getting rid of Jedediah and Ruth?” Those are more like Amish names, but Greg insisted.
I explained my reasoning for giving them away, but he suggested that we should keep them around a little longer. This year, when I pulled them out of our Fall decor box, I did what any self-respecting blogger would do: I grabbed a can of bright, metallic gold spray paint.
Mrs. Pilgrim looks like she’s rolling her eyes (not very thankful of her, is it?), and Mr. Pilgrim’s shoes are a little large for the rest of his body. I figured painting them a solid color would, at the very least, make Ruth look a little more thankful. There was even a chance Jedediah’s shoes wouldn’t stick out quite so much. Have you noticed that pretty much every pilgrim statuette you see, the man has abnormally large shoes? So weird.
I probably should have primed them first, but I didn’t. However, I did end up going over the really smooth parts with some fine grit sand paper (her dress, the top of her head and his pants). After three coats of spray paint, they were all dolled up and ready for their Thanksgiving meal.
Ahhh. Much better. The carved texture of the wood (which I barely noticed before) really makes them look like hammered metal – which isn’t bad for a couple of $2 pilgrims from Walmart. Of course, I can’t wrap up this post (no matter how simple it is) without an obligatory before and after…
Now that they’re a pretty shade of metallic gold, I’m kind of in love with them. The moral of the story: when shopping around your house for seasonal decor, don’t forget about spray paint.