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Waiting for Spring…
For the past few weeks, I’ve woken up to the sounds of birds chirping and it feels like the biggest luxury.
I know it’s been a wild winter around the country and so many of you are ready to welcome a new season and a fresh start.
We’re definitely on Team Hurry Up Spring too!
While we’re waiting for the temperatures to steady and the sun to shine for more than a few hours each week we’ve been dreaming up Easter ideas and projects to complete this Spring.
Several of our projects include creating new container gardens on the front porch and giving our back patio a bit of a refresh too.
Country House Birdhouse Makeover…
My dream project would be to completely rehab our potting shed which is where I found this old country house birdhouse waiting for a makeover.
We’ve had it for about 10 years now and have kept it in storage because the original pole was damaged in a storm.
Since that time, it’s also suffered a bit of squirrel damage too.
I was this close to just throwing the country house birdhouse away.
But at the last minute, I decided to try and rehab it instead.
Keep in Mind…
Just a heads up, I’m not sure if I’m going to use this birdhouse outside or inside as a decorative piece.
If you plan to upcycle a birdhouse like this one and use it outside, make sure you research which paints or paint finishes will be best for outdoor bird use.
Paint chips can be harmful to birds and fledglings.
Painting the Country House Birdhouse…
This country house birdhouse is made from plastic.
I chose Rust-oleum Spray Paint in Hammered Bronze for the roof in flat white for the house and flat black paint for the railing and windows.
I also gave the birdhouse a good scrub before I started spray painting.
If you’re new to spray painting, you can find our Spray Painting 101: Simple Tips and Tricks Guide here.
The roof took approximately 3 coats of spray paint and the rest of the house 2 coats.
As always, I allowed for plenty of drying time between each coat.
Truthfully, it was very hard to paint all the different levels of the upcycled country house birdhouse with spray paint.
In fact, I don’t think I would do it this way again unless I was spraying painting the entire birdhouse the same color.
Using multiple pieces of cardboard did help keep the spray paint out of most of the nesting boxes, but not all of them.
I also wound up having to use extra pieces of cardboard to combat overspray from the roof.
Despite it all, I’m excited about the way everything came together even given the extra trouble.
The country house birdhouse feels completely refreshed now.
Birdhouse Decorating Ideas…
It will be fun to use this birdhouse in Spring vignettes or to place it in our memory garden too.
I’m still on the fence about using this upcycled country house birdhouse outside.
But no matter where it winds up I know it will be a fabulous reminder of all the good things on the way this Spring!
Up next on the Bloggers Seasonal Inspiration Hop is Niky from House on Silverado. I can’t wait to try her blueberry lemon loaf with lemon glaze!
Once you’re finished there be sure to check out the other projects these creative ladies are working on for Spring…
Other Spring Inspired Posts to Enjoy:
- Quick and Easy Spring Bunny Art
- Spring Bunny Tablescape
- DIY Speckled Eggs and Spring Vignette Ideas
- Spring Home Tour and Easter Blog Hop
- Spring Front Porch Tour and Blog Hop