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No Cows Allowed

March 03, 2020

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Farmhouse Animal Statue

Many years ago, on the way back from a trip out east, we stopped at a farmstead. There are lots of them out there and they're all so sweet, it's impossible to skip one.

Even when they're all selling the same thing. Sunflowers, strawberries, tomatoes and corn.

Oh. And pie.

Lots of pie.

My husband knows the drill. He instinctively pulls over without being asked. I guess that comes from too many years of Wait! Go back!!

Anyway, on that one trip, I found a cow. I remember that my mom spotted it first.

Kimmie, this would look great in your kitchen. 

And she was right. It would. It had that rustc-cottage-farmhouse style look...plus I didn't own a cow and I'd always loved them.

They reminded me of college, when I lived upstate, they were everywhere. I used to have to stop my car and wait, while the farmers led their herds across the street, from pasture to barn.

I mean really, is there anything more charming than that?

At $30, she was a little pricey and my mom wanted to buy her for me, she was always treating me to things - So many sweet memories - but I was a big girl now with a house and family of my own. I figured I could get this one myself.

So along with a bag of apples and some cookies, that cow hopped in the minivan with us.




She was tan and black and pretty big and sat on my pine server for years. The kids loved her, like a pet.

Hi cow!, they would say, as they ran her by after school. She was a real part of the family.

Until. You knew it was coming.

Until one day, for no reason, my plate rack just fell off the wall, crashed into the cow, who hit the floor and smashed into too many pieces to repair.

And trust me. We tried.

I think my DIY guy was the most upset. There aren't a lot of things he can't fix and this was very disappointing to him.

So much so, that for years, he's been looking for another cow, just like it, but so far no luck.

Honestly, the only place I've seen a cow even close is on my friend Brenda's blog. She has one that's similar, but smaller.

Well, fast forward to December. We were in HomeGoods, looking around and my husband found this:

Cow Pig Goat Rooster

Not even remotely the same cow, as this one had friends, but my husband was very taken with it and insisted on buying it for me.

You have to have it. You need another cow. 

How could I refuse?

I mean, come on, when you're a decor addict and a guy wants to buy you cow, you always say yes.

So this little barnyard pyramid came home with us. And all was well. For about a month.

Until.

Yup. I kid you not.

Somehow, someway, he knocked into it (while doing the dishes...so who could be mad at him?) and it broke.

It wasn't a bad break, just a crack in the goat's legs, but enough to knock his feet loose and expose the heavy wire that held that statue together.

He was mad. There was no way this repair was going to get the better of him. So off to the garage he went.

When he emerged, the legs were better. He used a simple two part epoxy glue to glue the feet down to the cow, where they had separated and let them dry.

Then he used a two part epoxy putty to rebuild the part of the legs that were missing and once they were dry, he sanded them with a fine sandpaper so they were perfectly smooth. It looked amazing. I couldn't believe what a great job he did.

Resin Statue Repair

And yet, I totally could.

So I put it back on the counter, thinking we were done. Of course, he wasn't satisfied with that.

No. Now it's your turn. Fix the finish. 

What?? I can't fix that. Are you kidding?  It's like a professional finish. They sprayed that or something.

No. Get out your paints and Exquisitely Unremarkable it up...

It'll never match...

Try it. 


Paint To Fix A Resin Statue

So I did. First I mixed two paint colors together, tested it and when I was 99% sure it was right, I painted it on the putty with a small bristle brush.

Painted Cow Chicken Goat Pig

I was ready to leave it that way, when I decided, I wasn't a quitter either. Again I peeked at my paint collection and tried to find a match for the spots.

Paint On Resin

Then I took a very small, very square, very stiff bristled brush, dipped it in the paint, dabbed it onto a piece of paper towel to remove any excess and gave it two random, quick pounces on each leg.

And wow...it worked. I have to admit I was shocked.

So was he.

And yet he wasn't.

That little piece of farmhouse kitchen decor looks as good as new now.

How To Repair And Paint A Statue

But we've both agreed.

We're done with cows.

Who knew they were so much trouble?

Guess they're better left on the farm.

Have you had any cow mishaps?

You Can Fix A Resin Statue

  1. Oh Kim, I love this story and how the two of you fixed the statue. It looks great and you can't even tell that you both repaired it. I do miss going out to the farms and I hope to maybe go out there this summer! :)

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    1. Thank you, Julie! I told him to just toss it, but he wouldn't hear of it...glad he stuck it out and fixed it. SO cute.

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  2. Dear Kim ... I love your farm animals and oh my, they would look so cute in my farmhouse kitchen. I love how you and your hubby take such good care of what you have. Enjoy those sweet little farm animals. Homespun Hugs ♥ Teri

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    1. Thank you, Teri! He really wanted to make it right and I love him for it...

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  3. Never give up! Ha! That's a great life lesson from a cow...and a goat...aaaand a hubby.

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    1. Haha! Yes!! I'm glad no one gave up, it really is cute.

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  4. I love cows - I grew up on a dairy farm! But I don't have them in the house, so no mishaps.. :)
    You both did great on the fix. You would never know there was a problem!

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    1. I think your dairy farm days sound dreamy, Mari. That's always been my dream...but alas, I was born on this island. So cows in the kitchen it is! 😉

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  5. Kim, I'm convinced there is nothing you can't fix or make better than new! This is awesome, you can't even tell! I don't have cows in my kitchen, but you can be sure there are chickens. Maybe I need to find a cow... seems like it makes life a lot more interesting, lol! Loved your story of the cow, and I loved the sweet story of you and your mother buying the cow. I can't resist little farmer's markets either. :)

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    1. Thanks Marilyn. I'm glad he pushed me to try to fix it. It makes me smile whenever I see it now...and of course it's even more special since it has a story!

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  6. I love cows in a field! I hope to paint some one day. You guys did a great job.

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    1. I can't wait to see your painting, Penny!

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  7. Kim,

    Such a great story. Teamwork makes the dream work.

    Love the statue. Put bumpers or safety tape around the perimeter to avoid injury again.

    Have a great day

    Cindy

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    1. Teamwork makes the dream work...Love it, Cindy!

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  8. What a great story and great repair job. For a long while I had red barns and black and white cows in my kitchen. They add such a happy feeling to a room.

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    1. I agree, Lorri, something about farm decor does make me happy! I feel like a kid again...

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  9. Kim you and your hubster did a great job on fixing this sweet cow. Such a sweet story too. I love the color combo of the cow and his friends. Have a great day.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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    1. Thanks Kris. It was really a unique one...I'm glad we fixed it. They make me smile.

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  10. Great story. I bet your hubby felt bad about breaking it. Great job on fixing and matching. We had a bad wind storm last year and our console table blew over and broke some of the edge off. My husband fixed it and then he painted it. Great match and I am happy. Those things do happen.

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    1. Linda, he felt so bad. He was so excited when he found it and then so upset when it was broken in short order. I'm glad we make it look like new...

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  11. No. I have plenty of clumsy mishaps, but so far not with a cow! Mine is in the closet. I have limited surfaces to put it on. And then...there's Ivy.
    Brenda

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  12. What a sweet story!!! I have many farmyard animals in my country kitchen, I've always been a fan!! Some of them have seen better days, but I still keep them around!

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    1. Thanks Debbie! Funny how those farmhouse animals capture your heart. I think I may need a bigger kitchen!

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  13. I love your story! I have always liked cows and wanted a real one when I was very young. It did got to live in a farm after I married a farmer but sadly he had no cows! I love your ingenuity and talent with the repair! Well done!!

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    1. Farm living has always been my dream, Angela. Of course, I'd have to have a cow. Until then, I'm glad I have my cow in one piece again.

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  14. Now that's called TEAM WORK! Tada!!!! Good as new, for sure!
    I chuckled when you said your mom spotted your first cow. And said," Kimmie, this would look great in your kitchen". I love how she knows you so well!

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    1. Thanks Christine! Team work for sure..I couldn't have done it alone.

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  15. You two have a lot of patience! I'm afraid that me and my hubby would be like, "Put it with the other broken stuff that we're going to fix 'someday' on top of the bar in the basement" - or else I'd donate it.

    I also have to give kudos to your husband for actually suggesting you buy something when you're at HomeGoods! ;-)

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    1. Patience with some things, Melanie! I'm glad he decided to take this on, because it was above my skill set.

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  16. Your stack of farm animals reminds me of a children's book, the name of which escapes me right now! We haven't had any cow mishaps, but we did a have pig smash to the floor. It was 'Tiger Pig' and we've never found another one. Maybe someday...

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    1. Oh Ann, I know what you're talking about, but I also can't remember the name. And I feel your Tiger Pig pain...I miss my big cow.

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  17. Kim,
    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this post! Even chuckled once or twice!! I am not into Farmhouse but I do love Roosters as more of a French Country look!! That is a great piece though and Kudos to both you and your hubby on the excellent repair!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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    1. I started with roosters Debbie, that was the beginning of my kitchen barnyard. Now it's a farm animal free for all!! Hahaha!!

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  18. Sorry about breaking up with your first cowfriend...but look at the new one--now re-newed and perfectly imperfect--although the imperfections don't show. lol
    The only mishap I have ever had with a cow was when one pinned me against the fence when I was a kid- a pet cow that didn't know its own strength. xo Diana

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    1. Oh...your mishap sounds much worse, Diana! My husband had a similar incident with bull. He jumped a fence thinking he could outrun it...no dice. 😉

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  19. Kim, I'm so glad you could fix it and you both really did a great job. Looks good as new. I love that little stack of critters. I have a doorstop with the same ones. It is metal so no chance of breakage. I made a ceramic brown and white cow years ago but, unfortunately, I sold it (or it got lost in the 1989 earthquake). Wish I still had it..Maybe someone is loving it after all these years..xxoJudy

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    1. An earthquake!! Well that's a crazy cow story for sure. Our cow losses were much less dramatic. I'm glad they're put back together though.

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  20. Wow, it looks all brand new Kim! You & the hubs make a good team!

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    1. Thanks Florence! I'm happy it's all back in one piece.

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  21. Oh, dear! Cows seem to have some bad luck when they come to your house:) But the repair job looks awesome!!! Your hubby sounds "sorta" like mine, except mine thinks he can fix anything and it look OK but in reality he is great at the repair but it doesn't always look so good!!!!!!!! He's had to learn to fix things though because he's like a bull in a china shop!!!!

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    1. Cheri, you are so right! Maybe we should start collecting new animals. Sheep or pigs perhaps? I saw a really cute sheep paper towel holder recently. I think I may have to get it. And keep it away from my husband!!

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  22. Holy cow!

    It wasn't a cow, but Steve has several Japanese good luck cats. He was crushed when a little one fell off a shelf. He patiently glued that thing back together.

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    1. Apparently our guys are good at gluing!! Thank goodness!

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  23. Hi Friend,
    I always love your posts Kim.

    We started our spring cleaning this week. The power of the vacuum cleaner.. we were vacuuming the tongue and groove ceiling. Well the vacuum air blew off a giraffe that was sitting on the bookshelf. He is a gift from a friend who served two tours in Iraq and gifted us the giraffe. So I was very sad about the giraffe hitting the floor and did not even want to look. Thankfully, it was an easy fix for my husband to do, the giraffe broke his leg.. today he is back on the bookshelf. And I will be more careful with the power of the vacuum.

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    1. Ah the vacuum. It happens, but as I said to Carol above, thank goodness our guys are good with glue!

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  24. I know that "things" are just unimportant stuff but we sure do love our favorite things and are sad when they get broken. No cows here but I have a vintage framed print of a cute pig family that I would take with me to a nursing home someday if called for someday. I smile at it every day and I can tell your family felt that way about your cow. Great job, both of you!

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    1. I have an affinity for pigs too, Dewena. I have a sleeping one, a shelf sitter on my stove hood and a pair of salt and pepper shakers. Pepper has a chipped leg, no way to glue him, but I love him anyway! And thank you, Dewena!

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  25. You are both so right for each other <3 What a marvelous fix and little Billy goat looks like he/she never even broke a leg. But please don't say you're done with cows Kim. That would be sad. Maybe you can just stick with the flat stencilled ones for now ;-) but only for a little while until you find that special one you lost from yesteryear.

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    1. I keep my fingers crossed, Michelle. I'm still hopeful! And thank you for your sweet words!

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