Wow, it’s been months since I’ve been able to write a blog post and I’ve really missed doing them. I have been so busy with packing and moving into our retirement home. We (hubby and me) have done some really exciting remodeling, with the help of our handy man/carpenter/jack of all trades. I hope to share some of what we have done at another time. We are finally all settled into our new home and excited for the next part of this journey we call “retirement.” My husband said, “Retirement is great, everyday feels like a Saturday!
We are enjoying feeding the birds, the chipmunks (Chip and Dale ) and a pesky “piney” it’s like a little red squirrel, but smaller and bigger than a chipmunk. I don’t know what else to call it, that is what I was always told. He has already chewed and ruined my new finch bird feeder…so he’s not on my “nice” list.
Today, I’m sharing a birdhouse I painted. I found this several months ago at our Goodwill store for $3.99.
First, I spray painted it a flat black…yes, I always start with black and I use the cheap, 96 cent cans from Wal-mart.
Next step is to take a wax candle and rub it all over the birdhouse or areas that you want to distress. Personally, I do the whole thing.
After you have rubbed the bird house with wax, take a heat gun and melt it. If you don’t have a heat gun, you can use a blow dryer on high, it just may take you longer to melt the wax.
Now, you want to paint it the color of your choice. I love this Honey Brown color by American Paints. The Khaki color we will use later for the roof.
I used two coats of paint on my birdhouse…
For the roof, I double loaded my brush, one side with honey brown the other side with the Khaki. I used a sponge brush. By double loading your brush you will create a light and dark stroke that adds depth. We are attempting to create “shingles” on the roof. Just use the tip of the sponge brush, since it is already “square” it makes it quick and easy. I believe this is a 1″ sponge brush.
After everything is painted and dried, then you can take your piece of sand paper and distress the entire birdhouse. The wax allows the paint to come off easily. If you choose not to distress it, then forget the waxing part in the beginning.
I love the “primitive” look so the more distressed the better for me!
Now, I just need to decide where to put it. It might just stay on the porch or if I can find a place to hang it in the trees behind our home.
Thanks for stopping by today. I hope to be back blogging more and sharing my ideas with you!