A few weeks ago, I went vintage shopping and found the cutest bird cage. I live in a town with amazing antique opportunities- I LOVE it! There’s always good finds. I’ve been on the look out for a bird cage to use a decoration, so I was thrilled when I spotted one for $85!!!
In Victorian times, many people had a bird as a pet. Wooden cages were used to house the bird. These were decorative and used in the parlor as ornamentation in addition to housing the bird.
My antique store usually has a few. If you’re on the look out, I bet you can find one! Here’s a few I spotted on Etsy. There are some great options!
Here’s how it looked when I spotted it in the antique shop. The bones are SO good. I wasn’t a fan of the color. However, I knew it would be a big project to paint, so I lived with it for awhile. When I decided to paint it, I started with pink and it was way too sweet. So I switched to blue and love how it came out.
BIRD CAGE TRANSFORMATION
To paint the bird cage, I used Dixie Belle chalk paint. Sea Glass for the mint color and Fluff for the white sections. I used small artist paint brushes. Honestly, it took forever to carefully paint in the lines. Also, the inside of the columns are tricky to paint too. I had to flip the whole thing upside down and reach inside to cover up all of the old paint job. To finish, I applied a finish of wax on top.
I’d been working on the patio to paint the bird cage. Sometime last week, it dawned on me, I need a little buffet along that wall to have a place to put out food while entertaining! I actually tried out a few flea markets to find one, but came home empty handed.
The lucky thing is that I remembered this cute cart that was in my son’s closet for storing items (he doesn’t have any shelves in there so this holds storage). Originally, the cart was $10 from the thrift shop and I painted it. The lucky thing is that it perfectly coordinates with the bird cage. It is the perfect solution! And in the winter, it can go back up there holding his billion dinosaurs!
bird cage transformation- new home
Now that the bird cage is finished, I thought I should give you a few options on where the bird cage’s new home will be. Will you let me know your favorite in the comments? Option 1 is obviously to keep it outside during the last few weeks of warmth.
option 2- living room corner
It’s a little cramped in that corner. But it would be out of the way. And I’d see it all the time here and that’d make me happy!
option 3- by the chinoiserie wallpaper in the living room
Honestly, I think the colors are great here. I also feel like the style of the bird cage and the mural match nicely. I don’t like how the legs of the bird cage cover up the decorative trim. Over all, I like it!
option 4- she shed
For a good time, come to my house and we’ll try out a bird cage in every room- lol! The she shed is probably my least favorite option (I think the plant looks better here than the bird cage).
Anyway, let me know your favorite options in the comments! Would you add a bird cage to your house?
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