Sunday, April 20, 2014

Birdhouse Gets A Call-Back

I bought this birdhouse at Pier 1 years ago on clearance. It was at home on our sun porch for a long time...when the color scheme included red. Then my house metamorphosed into mostly neutrals and the reds just seemed too bold (not that I don't still love red, which I do! But my home is ever-evolving.)



























It looked like its fate may be an ending at Goodwill. It sat in the closet for months, waiting for my next trip to make a donation. And then, finally, a breath of Spring made its way into Nebraska. Our front porch cried out for embellishments! So that neglected red birdhouse got a second audition.

I broke out my paintbrushes, craft paint and a wooden fleur-de-lis that happened to be in the craft closet. I abandoned my former perfectionist tendencies and painted with a free spirit. (Formerly I would have obsessed over every straight, perfectly painted edge. Thankfully I have worked through some of my control issues, haha.)

I have always been a fan of black, ivory and geometrics, so that's where my inspiration began. And from there, I really got crazy and threw in some yellow (haha, ok, so I still have a restrained sense of color, but at least it's not completely neutral.)


I think it brings some cheer to my porch for Spring. Now if I can only keep the real birds from making messes out there...



























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16 comments:

  1. I love it! It looks great and better than the original colors, faded or not. This looks really stylish and chic! Nice job...thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Jodee :) This is how I spent my Easter morning, haha. I hope your holiday was wonderful!

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  2. It's a beautiful birdhouse! Please come share your talent this week at the Anything Goes linky, if you have not already.

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    1. Thank you so much, Mindie! I'll be sure to pay you a visit :)

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  4. Great transformation. I collect birdhouses, and yours would fit in very nicely.

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    1. I would love to see your collection, Lulu...what fun!

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  5. Great refurbishing this is so much cuter done in the checks than the red great job my freehand would have been a laughing matter. the little bird is the perfect touch!Susie

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    1. Susie, I am telling myself that the freehand painting gives the birdhouse more charm ;)

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  6. That is so adorable, Julie! You did a beautiful job of "free-hand" painting, and I adore the color combo!

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  7. Julie, what a difference you made!! I'm such a fan of re-working existing pieces. I love that you said your home is ever-evolving as I can't tell you how often I've said the same thing. The black and gold is elegant and perfect for that spot. You ARE a designer! :)

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    1. Ah, Dana, you are such a great cheerleader :) I feel so blessed to have you as a new friend!

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  8. Wonderful! I love the checkerboard roof, and the black with the yellow trim and fleur-de-lis. Cheery, charming, delightful. Well done! ~ Nancy @ A Joyful Cottage

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    1. So sweet of you Nancy :) The header picture on your blog is unbelievably gorgeous! I would love to sit out there with a good book and something to sip on...

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  9. Such a sweet vignette, GREAT transformation! Thanks so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday...hop back over, you're being featured!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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