Sunday, June 26, 2011

Something New For Nothing...

Hey everyone! Hope you all had a great weekend and were able to get some projects done. Mr. Fanatic and I were supposed to paint our youngest daughter's bookcases this weekend, but got to talkin' about paint sprayers. We decided which one we wanted and found out where we could get it the cheapest and it turned out to be Lowe's. Then, since it was going to be a big purchase along with a big chain saw, we looked to see if we could get a coupon. We were able to get one, but it was going to take several days to get it, even via email.
Do things like this happen to you, or is is just us!

Well, here's what I did instead of the bookcases... And it did cost me $0, but I do need to go buy another bottle of craft paint, so maybe 50 cents.

Here's what I started with:

This is what I used... I also used Apple Barrels Pewter Grey.

First thing I did was brush and sponge on some of the Country Grey.

The outside wasn't so bad, but I also painted the inside, as well.

I left some of the stain underneath showing.



This shows difference between the gray and the old finish. The top of this birdcage comes off, which makes it easier to paint the inside. At about this time, I noticed something was missing...do you see it?

See the arched piece of wood on the left side? I hadn't ever noticed, but there was once missing on the top right... More on that later.
Once it was all finished, it was a little to light, so I sanded the outside of the birdcage down.





Then I did a light washing with the Pewter Grey. See the missing piece on the top right?

For the missing piece, I just took a piece of cardstock, glued it onto a thicker piece of packaging I had in my craft room and painted it. Here's the after...

The birdcage is going up on a high shelf over the front door in the foyer and I thought it would be fun if it had lights in it. The lights will be wired in to a switch so I can turn them on easily.






I love getting a new look for next to nothing, don't you?


Pam



42 comments:

  1. Love this bird house Pam. It is huge. It looks great in that lighter shade for sure. Love nothing projects those are the best.

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  2. Pam, I love the new color you did on it. That will look great it up.

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  3. That is so pretty! Love how it is all lit up inside. :) The color turned out great.

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  4. It looks wonderful. I love the color. What a great idea. The lights are super. Hugs, Marty

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  5. Pam,
    This is fantastic! Love this wonderful size and shape to this and the paint makes it look wonderful.
    Sherry

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  6. What a gorgeous bird cage! I love it and how you've prettied her up.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  7. Very cute - I love it lit up!

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  8. So much softer in grey. I love the addition of lights. ♥O

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  9. What a great project!!! You can never have too many little white lights...they make me happy. Enjoy your new treasure!

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  10. I do! This little cage is so cute and that was a great idea putting the lights inside... :)

    ~Liz

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  11. Love the look of the lights inside the birdcage. Great job! Susan

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  12. This is beautiful! I love the lights and I bet it is stunning to look at!

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  13. I love the new gray look. The softness is so romantic and timeless. hugs ~lynne~

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  14. You did a great job! I love birdcages-
    I linked to Rhoda's party too and I am a new follower.

    Enjoyed visiting,

    Laura
    White Spray Paint

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  15. Great makeover. Took me several times to see the missing piece. I like the lights inside and think it will look great over the door!

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  16. Pam, I have the exact same bird cage! Mine is (at the moment....:) cream colored but I love what you did to yours.....hmmmmm!!!! Now you've got me thinking!!!!
    Hugs,
    Mandy

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  17. Great new color for the awesome bird cage! Love the lights inside, great touch! :)

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  18. I had that same exact bird cage, Pam! It looks great in gray! I'm sorry to this day that I wound up selling it at a yard sale, but we were on the market and I was getting rid of lots of stuff at the time.

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  19. I am so stealing, I mean borrowing, this idea! I just bought a HUGE birdcage for 5 bucks at a garage sale and just finished painting it. I love the lights inside! Thanks for the inspiration!
    Jen

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  20. sooo pretty! I love the lights in the birdcage!

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  21. Well Pam, when you start with something as fabulous as that piece it can only become more so when redone -- and it has. Just. Drop. Dead. Can't wait for my blogging partner Allison to see that. Jane

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  22. This is so cute! I just did lights in a metal birdcage myself, it is sitting on my desk. And I thought I was being so original.......

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  23. Cute idea to put the lights in there. I painted a bird cage with spray paint last year, so I totally applaud you for doing it by hand. A much better look!

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  24. It looks fantastic Pam!! The new painted finish just completely updates the look. I love it!! And the addition of the lights. :)

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  25. This is so beautiful! Glad you were able to make it work. The lights in it are fabulous.

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  26. It's so pretty! Great job. I just love projects that don't break the bank.

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  27. Pam, I love birdcages and yours is wonderful! A keeper for sure.
    xo,
    Sherry

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  28. Wow, I love it in this lighter shade and putting the lights inside is such a lovely idea! It would look beautiful in any vignette. Thanks for sharing with us. Have a wonderful evening!~Poppy

    http://withadashofcolor.blogspot.com/

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  29. Stunning cage and I love the new color...the lights are the perfect finishing touch.

    Blessings Kelsie

    PS: It's funny because I spent this past weekend painting (or nagging hubby to do it) a set of shelves for our daughters room

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  30. I have several bird cages and I may have to try this. It looks great!

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  31. Love the cage! Where did you get it! 8>)

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  32. hi Pam,
    This is really sweet looking. I love the idea of the lights inside too. wonderful paint job and I like how when something is missing or off a little you do not stress it you just fix it the best you can. That is the best way to be
    Kat Griffin

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  33. gorgeous! I love bird cages and love lights, so the two of them together are wonderful!!

    www.whatyoumakeit-coley.blogspot.com

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  34. Over from you pic on WUW. Loving it! Never thought of the lights in one but it looks fantastic.

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  35. Love this.I have a bird cage in my stash which never seems to sell.I'm thinking with a do-over like this it will fly out of the booth.Thanks for sharing!

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  36. What a great birdcage! I don't think I've ever seen one like this. I love how you painted it as well. The lights are a fun touch! Great way to fix the missing piece as well!
    I'd love for you to join my giveaway for 2 canvas pillows going on now! www.alittleknickknack.com. Happy 4th!

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  37. I love this!! i just want to sit and stare at it for hours! I'm pinning this bad boy! thanks for sharing!

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  38. so pretty! I love it! Great job! I found your blog through a link party and LOVE it! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks!
    -Nikki
    http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

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  39. Wow, I really love this! so pretty!

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