Bird cage and glittered bird

For the past two months, I have been going to this great Saturday junk show called Second Saturdayz in the Old Post office building in Tacoma.  

My 10 year old daughter loves to go with me {have I created a monster???}, and we share that time {and lots of money} having our best time picking out some great new {to us} things. 

My goal this year, is to re-do the younger two kids bedrooms.
Since our move two years ago, neither one of their rooms has felt like them.
We are sort of in design limbo.
But as I get a better sense of what their style is, I am moving in the right direction with coming up with a good design plan for their rooms.

Like I said, my daughter loves to go junk shopping with me.
So I think we are going to be leaning on an all white design in her room with some really shabby chic vintage items as the focal point.

When she saw this birdcage, she fell in love.
It needed a coat of paint, but I had to agree, it was pretty cool.

Later on in the day, while shopping at my favorite store {The Dollar Store...duh!}, 
I saw them stocking these ugly birds on the shelves.

I figured while I was spray painting the bird cage, I might as well attempt to spray paint the bird as well.

One thing that I have learned over the years is that not all spray paint is created equal.
Krylon is almost always worth the splurge {nope, they didn't pay me to say that, but if you have Krylon connections and you want to pay me, I would be on board!} so I was happy when I found some white in my stash.

It's always best to start out with light coats of spray paint, but to do lots of them.
This is a picture after the first coat.

Five coats and 45 minutes later, this is what we ended up with.
Isn't it so much better?!

I don't know why the Dollar Store doesn't just leave their birds white like this.
It's a huge improvement over the painted green that some poor person had to meticulously paint for less than pennies for their labor.

I couldn't just stop there though.
I broke out my mod podge and some shimmery glitter and glitterfied {yep, it's a word} my bird.

Seems simple enough, but anytime I wonder how something is done, usually it's the "simple" steps that get left out assuming that someone knows how to do something.

So I'm not assuming because you know what happens when you assume? 
Oh, you don't?
Look it up.

Anyway, I started by taking my foam brush and brushing mod podge all over the bird.

Once he was completely covered in mod podge, 
I took my shimmer glitter and sprinkled it all over that little guy.
Make sure you get every nook and cranny.
It's sort of obvious if you miss a spot.

That's it!
Amazing what a coat of paint and some glitter will do.

What's that?
Oh, yeah, that's not the same bird cage that I painted earlier.
Are you trying to say that I have an obsession or something?
I call it a collection.
Birds watch out.  
I'm coming for your home!


Michelle said...

What a great score from the op shop! I have a similar looking wooden cage that I have kept plain wood but now I'm tempted to paint it and distress it like you have. Love it ... every bird needs a bit of sparkle :D

0s0-Pa said...

Cool looking bird cage. Makes me want to go clean the one @ my parents house. It could sure use a paint job!

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