Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Bird House Post

Wow, have I been busy the past two days!

I want to streamline the bookcases that I just built in the living room, and I realized that I have a lot of stuff that can be relocated.

One was a birdhouse that my step-son made my husband and me for our wedding.

Isn't that sweet?

Anyways, it's been on display in our house for the past few years, and I've finally decided that it should be used outdoors.
It is afterall, a birdhouse!

So. I'm still not in the clear with my financial situation. Hubby is still desperately job searching.

Luckily, I had all the material to make a pretty darn good post for this bird house.

1. A scrap 1x4 from my board and batten project. (In this photo, the board is already cut to make a stake.)
2. A plaque that my MIL gave to me. She new I would be able to use it somehow!
3. The finial from my old message center. I never used it, so I tore it apart.

I pre-drilled three holes in the plaque.

I screwed that into the top of my 1x4 using 2" screws. I used just the two outside holes.

Then I screwed in the finial using the middle hole.

This is what you should have now.

I spray-painted the entire thing white. The spray paint was left over from a different project that I did yesterday.

Then I spray-polyed (left over from some random project. Not sure which one...) the crap out of the birdhouse to preserve it. This birdhouse means a lot to me, so I don't want it to rot or anything. I put 4 coats on it just to make sure.

Isn't that cute? He signed the bottom.

Anyways, after screwing in a 1 1/2" screw to hold the birdhouse in place, all I had to do was pound it into the ground!

I put it right in the middle of my raspberry/blackberry garden.

Project Cost: FREE!

Isn't it lovely?

Don't laugh at my Photoshop skills, but I just wanted to show you what it would look like when my bushes are at mature height.

Haha. I could have edited this one in Microsoft Paint!

Oh! And both my raspberry bushes are already producing fruit! I planted them only a few months ago. They weren't supposed to bear fruit for another two seasons.
I happily ate two whole berries.

Coming up: Cafe Shutters, 3rd Kitchen Rugs, Bathroom Moulding, Country Skillet Recipe, and more!


  1. I have 2 spots for birdhouses and no birdhouses!
    p.s. I love your mature bushes!
    p.p.s. found your blog via Tools are for Women too

  2. What a sweet project... and you gotta love FREE. I love your photoshop'ing too... you made me smile :)

  3. Very cute birdhouse! Love it's new home. :)

  4. what a special gift. I'm glad you have found a special place for it.
    I love the way your post turned out, the finial, and your BUSHES! hahaha


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