Painted Bird Cage

by Julie Nichols, April 09, 2014
Hello Friends 

Today I'm sharing a very simple project on how to change the style of a yard sale find.

How often have you walked away from an item at a yard sale because you thought it was
outdated or you didn't like the color?

An easy fix for outdated items is painting.  

I used a free sample of gray paint from Lowes.  You can see by the condition of the can it has been used on several projects.  I really stretched this freebie out.

I also used raw umber craft paint.
I used this paint on the metal bars to get rid of the pink and to make the bars look rusty.  You could use spray paint for a project like this, but I wanted to preserve and enhance the rust that was already there.

I used a foam paintbrush on the outside.
On the inside, I used the paint brushes shown in the previous picture.  I used the one with the shortest handle so it would fit inside and made it easier to manipulate my hand around.
   To get the rusty look I put a small amount of raw umber paint on a brush and brushed it on haphazardly.

An unexpected surprise!

While previewing this post I noticed I used the same colors that are in my blog design.
Did anyone catch that?

How funny is that?

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  1. It looks great! It's SO much better than the original paint job. I would have passed that one up at a yard sale. But, now I'll be looking at them differently, thanks to your post. Great idea! Thanks for sharing it! :-)

  2. You did a great job on transforming this bird cage - it's beautiful!

  3. Way too cute, and ready for display. I would love for you to share on my Chic By You Link Party @ Hope to see you there!

  4. It turned out just beautiful - I've been on the look out for a birdcage ( or 2 or 3 or 4 LOL )
    Thanks for sharing - visiting from Be Different Act Normal
    Happy Tuesday :)

  5. you're right, most of us would have walked passed that, your colors are wonderful, and love the idea of painting the metal wires. beautiful!!

  6. Thanks so much for sharing your project at the Say G'day Saturday linky party. I have pinned the post and will be featuring your project at this weekend's party.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  7. Very nice! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays :D Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party

  8. Hi Julie, I'm visiting from the City of Creative Dreams Party. What a difference from before - your bird cage is lovely. I think it's no coincidence that your bird cage is painted the same colors as your pretty blog - we are drawn to certain colors. Happy Easter!
    Marie @ The Interior Frugalista



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