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eBay + Syroco

OK, I must stop bidding on Syroco items now. I had never even heard of “Syroco” until about 2 weeks ago, but apparently Syroco = awesome (but potentially very tacky).

My first treasure:
syroco flowers

That paint just had to go. Glossy orange spray paint to the rescue! It looks so much better in a solid color – much more modern.

Er, in full disclosure… I had a bit of a mishap with the painting. Eager to get started, I decided to lay out a tarp on my front porch last night and get to work. Wind carries, lesson learned. The porch needs to be repainted, but we weren’t planning on doing so right away. Now we have an orangish porch with a big rectangle outline where the tarp was. Oops!

My second treasure (just won, hours ago):

$10 for all four! I kind of like the bronzy color of them, so I don’t know if I’ll repaint. I need to see them in person to decide. I’m quite fond of them. My husband? Not so much.

Also, I have these en route from day-lab:

I don’t think they’re by Syroco, but they’re similar, no? I must be stopped! No more carved wall hangings!

… but first I want this, this, or one of these. Mobiles don’t count, right?

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  • Melissa
    June 6, 2007 at 5:25 am

    I had a similar spray paint experience on my kitchen floor. Duh. I was spraying gold paint onto Christmas ornaments. I can see the rectangle where the newspaper was! Thank goodness the floor is crap anyway.

    By the way, your “first treasure” is awesome! The after doesn’t even look like the same piece as the before!

  • Making it Lovely
    June 7, 2007 at 8:17 am

    Tracy, I think the ones I bought were the only ones available, but there are lots of other goodies at day-lab in the Decorative category!

  • Making it Lovely
    June 7, 2007 at 8:21 am

    Melissa, you just embrace it! “I was going for a deconstructionist look, highlighted by the glitz and glamour of a bygone era, as symbolized by the gold.” Ha!

  • Tracy
    June 7, 2007 at 7:20 am

    What’s the item number for those birds? I can’t find them at day lab.

  • casapinka
    June 7, 2007 at 8:44 am

    Great finds! I live the orange painted flowers – such a super refurb.

  • anh-minh
    June 7, 2007 at 4:28 pm

    wow. very cool. i was recently in an sf shop where they sold similar decorative wall pieces for over $100. my bank account likes your idea much better!

  • jane
    June 9, 2007 at 7:31 am

    I LOOOOVE the second piece! Congrats on winning it – I could see the husband not liking it as much, mine’s the same way.

    Quick technical question – when spraypainting a piece like the gorgeous flowers, do you just hold the can straight over them, or do you need to turn and twist it to get all the nooks and crannies? I’m intimidated by spraypaint… Thanks!

  • Anonymous
    June 18, 2007 at 3:28 pm

    I have the exact same set (2nd pic)they were my grandmas. She says they suppose to represent the seasons. Cute Cute Cute. Dont know what color to paint them though.

  • varin
    July 14, 2007 at 6:05 pm

    I ordered three Syroco pieces on ebay (well five really, since two of them are 2 piece sets). When the husband complains I’m going to have to blame you for introducing me to them! ;)

  • Rosemary
    August 18, 2007 at 10:44 am

    Oh my gosh! I have the four season Syroco pieces as well (though, mine are longer and thinner). I got them from my grandmother! I love them but I’m not sure where or how to hang them up. What did you end up doing with them?

    Oh, and hi. I’m Rosemary, I found you in the Domino Flickr group!

  • Making it Lovely
    August 18, 2007 at 2:41 pm

    I did about 6 million coats, coming from a different angle each time to get in all of the little nooks and crannies! Don’t be intimidated, just put thin coats on each time so it doesn’t get gloopy.

    I haven’t hung them yet, but I think I’m going to put them in the stairway. I’d like to put each one on a larger piece of wood or a canvas to give them more ‘oomph’ because otherwise they’re going to seem to small.

  • Derek
    December 23, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    I have the Syroco Four Seasons wall clock which is soooo 1960’s and in mint condition. Syroco made some great stuff back then.

  • BB@work
    April 6, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Hi! I became obsessed with Syroco when I realized I couldn’t afford metal Tole. I was going to spraypaint a HUUUUGe syroco dogwood branch with Krylon but I saw that they had this new “for Plastic line”. Did you use regular old “Outdoors/Indoors” line or the “for plastics”? They look great! Thanks, BB

  • Making it Lovely
    April 6, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    I used primer first (in a spray-paint can) and then regular spray-paint. Both were Rustoleum brand.

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