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Humphrey gets a Rust-Oleum makeover!

Rust-Oleum spray paints can be used indoors and outdoors. With the revamp going on at my place there are quite a few projects that can be done with Rust-Oleum, and giving Humphrey, my giant tortoise a new look is just one of them.


Humphrey the tortoise has been an addition to my garden for over 10 years. I have grown quite fond of seeing him around, even though he doesn't move an inch. With the home improvements going on I decided that Humphrey needed a new look - he was covered with paint spots and I've been wanting to give him an update for ages.

I must admit I was never really happy with how Humphrey looked. He's one colour with a few black spots here and there. Definitely time to give Humphrey and update!

I already had leftover Rust-Oleum spray paint from a couple of projects: Rust-Oleum MultiColor Textured spray +  Rust-Oleum 2X Ultra Cover dark walnut + Rust-Oleum 2X Ultra Cover satin london grey.

This project also shows that you can experiment with Rust-Oleum spray paints. Have fun. Mix it up. I started off by spraying everything with satin london grey and then applied the MultiColor Textured over the shell area. While the shell coat was still wet I stood further back and lightly spray on the satin dark walnut to add more depth to the shell area.

The dark detailing was added using black acrylic craft paint, an old paintbrush and a slightly damp cloth. The paint was brushed on and immediately wiped back - only leaving paint in the nooks and crannies all around the design. I think Humphrey definitely looks more authentic now and I'm sure plenty of visitors will be wondering how I manage to feed my giant tortoise! To protect and preserve the finish the entire outer surface was given a light coat of Rust-Oleum polyurethane spray varnish. Now he's ready for action...NOT.


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