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Upcycled Country House Birdhouse

Today we’re sharing a simple Country House Birdhouse Makeover as part of the Bloggers Seasonal Inspiration Hop hosted by Cindy of Cloches and Lavender and Terrie of Decorate and More with Tip!

If you’re new here, welcome, we’re excited to have you.

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…

CLOCHESANDLAVENDER | DECORATEANDMOREWITHTIP | DIYBEAUTIFY

THECROWNEDGOAT | THEHOUSEONSILVERADO | B4ANDAFTERS

BLESSINGSBYME | PATINAANDPAINT | JUNKTOGEMS

FRENCHETHERAL

Other Spring Inspired Posts to Enjoy:

Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,

CoCo

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37 Comments

  1. Wow, that’s a birdhouse hotel! I’m glad you saved it. It’s very cute.

    1. Thank you so much, Liberty, I really appreciate it! Hope your day is a special one, CoCo

      1. CoCo, it’s so CUTE! I love how you brought it back to life again. I have a bird feeder that has seen better days, so maybe I will try to give it a makeover too! Thanks for the inspiration, as always! ❤️

        Pinned.

        Niky @ The House on Silverado
        PS. I’d love it if you’d share this at my link party, Sundays on Silverado, which is open now. ?

        1. Thank you for your kind words, Niky. You are so creative you could totally knock a birdhouse out like this in no time! It’s crazy to even think about the hard winter you guys have been through but hang in there Spring is on the way. You’ll have lots of birds to enjoy soon too. I linked up 3 posts to your fabulous link party earlier this week so I’ll link this one up next week for sure. Hugs, CoCo

  2. Coco,

    I love this project and it was a labor of love. Using the hammered bronze added a pretty look to the roof. The different spray paints offered makes projects fun.

    Wishing for spring. It’s been snowing every other day but today 50 which is rare right now.

    Cindy

    1. Thank you, Cindy! I did not think I was going to finish this project in time but I’m thankful to have stayed the course. If I do decide to use it outside I think the birds will definitely enjoy it. Thanks so much for putting this fun blog hop together. It’s been so much fun to see what everyone is creating and I appreciate you including me in the mix. Hugs, CoCo

  3. Coco, I am so glad you saved it. If you do use it outside the birds are very lucky. It looks so cute and farmhouse style!

    1. Thank you, Corine! I’m glad I saved it now too. It’s such a great testament to the power of paint. Hope you have the best day, CoCo

  4. Oh, my! I am so jealous. I would have a hard time using it outside too. Those are some lucky birds to get to nest in that birdhouse. I’m in love with it and am now on the hunt for a similar one. LOVE the upgrades.

    1. Thank you for your sweet words, Tammy! We have a TON of work to do in our flower beds thanks to a colder than normal winter but it will definitely be exciting to see this house being used once we’re finished. I’m so on the fence though. It would be super cute inside too ? Can’t wait to see how your birdhouse comes together too! Hugs, CoCo

  5. What a sweet upcycle CoCo, it looks like a very fancy little bird villa!! Love it!

    1. Thank you so much, Cindy, I really appreciate it! Hope you have a happy week, CoCo

  6. Your birdhouse turned out amazing! I’m so glad you didn’t throw it out because it looks just like new now. Amazing! Pinned!

    1. Thank you bunches, Michelle, I really appreciate it. I’m glad we gave it a second chance now too. Hope your day has been a fun one, CoCo

  7. WOW!! I love the birdhouse and how you painted it, looks amazing. The dough bowl with the bunny gave it just the right touch for the vignette. Looks great Coco! I would have to use it indoors to enjoy right now, maybe later you can take it outdoors and let the birds enjoy it. ha! Great job. Have a great Spring season.

    1. That sounds like such a great compromise, Terrie! I’ve been on the fence about where to use it the minute I finished it so I appreciate your suggestion because it offers the best of both worlds ? Thanks so much for putting this hope together and for including me. It’s always so much fun to see what you guys are up to! Hugs and happy spring, CoCo

  8. I love that you updated your birdhouse, CoCo!! I have wanted a nice birdhouse on a pole but I hadn’t thought about it breaking off. A friend in California had a beautiful octagonal birdhouse on a pole that she moved with her whenever she and her hubby bought a new house. It was a gorgeous piece and I have been on the lookout for one ever since…

    Enjoy your spring decorating and its fun to be on a blog hop with you!
    Hugs,
    Barb 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Barb! This house is a martin house if that helps. From what I understand they prefer their home up high but now that the original pole has been damaged I might leave the birdhouse low like this and put it out by the birdbath to see how it goes. We have a TON of birds so one or two of them might take the chance. At the very least, it might give them someplace to rest from one part of their journey to the next. Big hugs and happy spring, CoCo

  9. I’m so glad you saved it! I decorate with birdhouses inside too! They are so fun!!

    1. Thank you so much, Cheryl! I was a little worried with all the squirrel and storm damage it might be too far gone. But now that I see it all finished I’m glad I took a chance on it too. Hugs, CoCo

  10. WOW! That’s a great transformation. It’s funny how we know to hold onto things knowing that they’ll serve another purpose. I love the transformation and how you styled it in your spring vignette. It’s so dreamy.

    1. Thank you so much, Kristin! I really appreciate it. Love your post about the “M word” today. It was fabulous and so helpful too! Hugs, CoCo

      1. Thank you Coco! I do try to not have too many ‘heavy’ topics on the blog, but sometimes you’ve just got to start that conversation. Thank you for stopping by! I’m looking forward to following along and seeing what you’re up to next. xoxo

  11. Coco, the bird house is absolutely adorable. I’m so glad that you didn’t toss it out. I look forward to seeing all of the ways that you are going to use it.
    Blessings to you.

    1. Thank you so much, Renae, I really appreciate it. I’m thankful now I didn’t throw it out too. I swear those squirrels must have had a field day on every hole and opening ? so it was fun to try and save it. It’s such a small thing but it definitely has me all kinds of excited for Spring. I can’t wait to see what you’re up to this season too! Hugs, CoCo

  12. What a lovely birdhouse upcycle! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

    1. Thank you so much, Cecilia, I really appreciate it. Hugs, CoCo

    1. Thank you so much, Jeanne, I really appreciate it! Hope your day is a happy one, CoCo

  13. Sweet CoCo! I just saw your reply above. I’ll look for martin houses. 🙂 Anyway, I am so glad you linked up to Share Your Style last week!! I am happy to feature your post at SYS #295 tonight. 🙂 I was able to pull in the rabbit photo. <3

    Hope your week is going well! Happy just a few days from spring!!!
    Hugs,
    Barb 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for the sweet feature, Barb, I really appreciate it! I can’t believe I almost threw the birdhouse away. We have birds all over our yard now so I’m beyond excited to hear their voices every morning. They make it feel like spring is on the way. Big hugs and thank yous, CoCo

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