Sunday, May 15, 2011

House Renovation!

I was able to complete three house renovations on the weekend. Are you impressed? I sure am! Now, these houses are on the smaller side, so it really only took an afternoon and evening. I was at. . . the Dollarama. . . (I know you are shocked) last week and found the smaller wooden candle holder you see pictured. Then later in the week I found the taller one at a thrift store. (Both cost $1)

The three bird houses below, ( I did say three house renovations!! ) have been in my spring decor for about ten years. In their day, they were cute little bird houses. As the years went by they got dinged up, and the wood started to darken in color. Although I still liked them, their "cuteness factor" had lessened for me. I could feel a renovation coming on. As you can see in the pic below, I almost forgot to take the "before" picture. I started to paint the tallest house black, when I suddenly remembered to take a picture.


A coat of black paint
(the wooden candle holders were painted black as well)

Everything then got a coat of white paint.

I took a small sandpaper pad and scuffed off the paint on the edges. The black shows through in those spots. Then I glued two of the houses to the candle holders.

Voila! Reno complete!

I will be joining the following blog parties:
Metamorphosis Monday at "Between Naps on the Porch"
Marvelously Messy
Show & Tell Wednesday at "Blue Cricket Design"
Wow us Wednesday at "Savvy Southern Style"
Good Life Wednesday at "A Beach Cottage"
Workshop Wednesday at "Goodbye City, Hello Suburb"
All Things Inspired at "All Things Heart & Home"
Newby Party at "Debbiedoo's"


  1. I like! Paint is a girls best friend! So fresh!(outside of diamonds - of course.) Yes, the can in the planter idea... wish I had figured it out years ago too! Glad we're catching on.:)
    xo Jeanne @bees knees bungalow.

  2. I love it. Those birdhouses turned out so charming....I like how they look on the candle holders. I would love it if you would link this up to my Marvelous Mess party!! Every week I pick one project to feature on my sidebar!! Here is the link:

  3. Wow... I love your bird house renovations. Anything bird related and I'm all over it. I had a wren family livin on my porch this spring. I think they liked all of my birdie decor.

  4. We had a bird fly in for easter- they live in the tree next to the house and I was thinking about getting or making a birdhouse. I'd love it if you share this @ Workshop Wednesday! It would make a great addition to the party!

  5. they look so good! neat ides!

  6. Love this and also the post with the garden ideas.. great ideas to share with us. I have a bird house that needs a bit of a pick me up! It's in the tablescape I just did, but i think on a stand would make it soo much cuter.. thanks for the great idea and coming to visit!

  7. Your finds are so lovely made-over and they look great on your lovely mantle! Thanks for stopping by Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays and sharing.

  8. LOL about your "three house renovations"! The end result looks wonderful on your mantel, especially against those red walls. My dining room is about that color -- love it! Thank you for your kind comments on my table this week!

  9. Great "reno" on those birdhouses! They do look much "fresher" with the white paint and are a perfect addition to your mantel!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and your kind comments - its always nice to hear from a fellow Canadian!


  10. CUTE as can be! I love what you've done with these birdhouses. I actually had 5 baby bluebirds nest in my back yard this spring!! Thanks SO much for stopping by my blog. :)


  11. What a very cute and clever idea. I am so happy you found my newbie party and joined. Have fun!

  12. So cute! They look so much fresher white. Love how they look on your mantel! Thanks for sharing.

    I'm hosting my monthly Before Blogging Throwback Thursdays party and would love it if you linked up something you made/did/bought before blogging. The link will be open til next week. Can't wait to see what you bring to the party.

  13. Oh that looks great. I was liking it until you glued the houses on the candlesticks, then I fell in love. The height differences look awesome.

  14. So cute and full of inspiration.

    - The Tablescaper

  15. The bird houses look great. I'm sure that our flying friends would have a great time staying in those freshly renovated homes. Haha!

  16. Your birdhouses are cute, and I love your mantel! Thanks for sharing!


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