Last fall I scored this two piece birdcage and stand at an auction for very little cost. Both needed some work, with the birdcage in really sad shape. It was that 80s Wedgewood Blue, (a color I cannot tolerate anymore) and had a lot of rust. So, it needed a makeover.
The rust was more apparent on the underside of the base. Setting it in the grass, I hosed off the dirt and grime before getting down to the hard scrubbing.
Cleaning it as best I could with a wire scrubber, most of the rust was knocked off. Then I let it dry in the sun.
Using a rust proofing black spray paint in a matte black, I began with a light coat.
Both pieces were sprayed and allowed to dry for an hour.
I let that coat dry, then added a second coat.
Then a third, each one making the coverage a bit better. Using several light coats prevents the big drips.
As the pieces dried, I turned them a different way to get the underside of the wires and the bottoms.
Getting the bottoms of the legs covered the rust completely.
Now, it looks brand new! The black paint gave it a wrought iron look that matches the other black iron items on the verandah.
The best planter for it was this rectangular one, as the opening to get it inside is fairly small. So, I put the planter in first, and then added potting mix and some plants.
Those long tendrils of the lantana will trail out of the birdcage nicely in a month or so.
The next day, I noticed that the resident fairy moved his house up to the higher view.
Those geraniums are blooming even nicer now too, the veranda is coming along. What is going on in your garden?