Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Pedestal Birdhouse

I have another DIY project to share with y’all. Wahoo, I know you're excited :-) I saw this pedestal birdhouse at The Speckled Dog & thought that I could probably make one as well. I was right: it was so easy! I’ll give you a little tutorial so that you can make one at home too.

Here is what you need to get started (I got everything from Hobby Lobby):
-candle pedestal (I got marked-down from $20 on the clearance rack to $4)
-sand paper ($3.99 a pack)
-birdhouse ($3.99)
-stain ($7.99 for walnut, but you can choose any shade of dark stain that you like or already have around the house)
-white & purple paint (I already had at home, & of course you can pick your own colors)
-brushes (I already had)
The total cost of this project for me was $19.97 plus tax. See you can make this. It’s much cheaper to make your own than to even buy one already made.
1. Sand down your birdhouse to make sure it is smooth (this is optional, but I did it). Stain the birdhouse & candle stick; I put on 2 coats of the walnut stain. (Please disregard the ‘H’- I will blog about that later) 2. Once the stain has completely dried, attach the birdhouse to the candlestick using Gorilla Wood Glue. Now you’re ready to paint. I painted the entire pedestal & birdhouse white with 2-3 coats. Then I painted parts of the birdhouse lavender. 3. Once the paint is dry, it is time to distress your birdhouse using the sand paper. I went over the corners pretty roughly because I figured that the edges of things get banged up more over time.I also went against the wood grain on the roof of the birdhouse. And that’s it! You’re done! Wasn’t that so easy? I had so much fun making this; it feels old, but it’s brand new & something I made for our home. I just love it! Here is mine on the mantle. Ok you’re turn, go make one & please send me pictures of yours.
Linking up at Liz Marie's Hop To It Party
xoxo Darby


Lindsey said...

gosh... you are so creative! :)

Darby Hawley said...

Thanks Lindsey!

Morgan said...

I love it! Maybe I will try to make one...I'll let you know if I do.

Darby Hawley said...

Thanks Morgan! I can't wait to see yours; you're so crafty I bet it will be gorgeous! :-)

Unknown said...

I love it!! I'm visiting you back, and wanted to say thank you for the comment on my lampshade! I hope you try it, too, and please let me know! BTW-I also LOVE your cooking blog!!!! Wish I could do something like that; it's a GREAT idea!!

Unknown said...

Gorgeous!! Thanks for the inspiration.

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