Last fall I scored this two piece birdcage and stand at an auction for very little cost. Both needed some work, with the birdcage section 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. I have so much fun making over vintage items.
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.
Next we’ll finish off the birdcage with a planter for the veranda. 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 bidens 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.
The geraniums are blooming even nicer now too, the veranda is coming along. I’ll be posting about my veranda tablescapes and garden soon. But read on for the update on the birdcage planter progress.
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Now, a month later, the bidens is growing nicely and blooming.
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25 thoughts on “Upcycling an Iron Birdcage”
Absolutely perfect restoration, and it really enhances your porch garden.
that is a beautiful birdcage – I will need to keep my eyes open for one of these when we get home – here it is the beginning of our trip in the motorhome and I have a china collection to bring home and an antique sewing machine that I have had to make room for LOL
That was a fun project and your idea turned out very sweet.
All of your plants of the porch look just marvelous.
This is beautiful, Carole! Love it!
So pretty, I would have never thought.
Birdcage-adorable! Love the color, I too have chosen the blues to paint my pots and urns that I eventually will be replanting my cinnamon ferns into. Some of my planters have a raised design on them
Which I want to paint white since my home is beige with a light blue roof and a darker blue shutters and the window frames are white so I thought that would add a little something to the accent color.
I have some stepping stones I’d like to make to use in various areas so that’s going to be my summer project plus continue going through the posesions to help in my down sizing. Quite a full summer of work.
LOVE this make over! And LOVE this bird cage!! Be sure to show us an updated picture when the plant matures….as it’s going to look great!
That turned out so well. It looks great as a planter.
Good morning. I have to tell you your first post about picking up and planting your flower pots, wore me out. You have to have a great love of gardening. The best part of what you do, is that most of them survive the summer heat and squires.
I have a question for you, have you had any experience with a potted trumpet vine. I was given one for mother’s day and really don’t know how to care for one. All i know is not to plant them close to the house or trees.
I enjoy your blogg. Blessings. Diane
Nice job! Kudos to you for following through! This is the kind of project I would have meant to get to, but probably never would have in the end. Looks fantastic! 🙂
Beautiful job! Looks great with all the other flowers. 🌺
The veranda is coming into its own, the birdcage is a great addition!
Very nice! Looks great.
The bird cage was a great find! I would love to see how that plant grows. Maybe it will get nice and full and climb the wires of the cage. I thought maybe you were going to suspend a pot inside the bird cage.
What a score. I have to admit, I would miss some of the steps in fixing it up, which would of course, end up with the rust coming back. You’ve done a great job.
Looks good! You have a lots of energy girl!
I recognize the rectangular planter. Glad it found a new home with you.
It looks great. A wonderful find. Please show it later when the plants have grown up in it.
That’s a lovely addition to your porch – or do you call it a veranda? It’s a beauty, anyway.
I love your birdcage planter and that adorable fairy door! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm–pinning!
Wow! What a lovely birdcage, and it’s amazing what a simply paint job can do. You did a great job – thanks for sharing!
You could also use the coco fiber liner in the birdcage to be able to fill the whole thing.
A little off the beatin’ track question. I have a smaller bird cage that would love to do this to. Maybe some herbs..do they do well in shallow pots. I know NOTHING about gardening but would like to give it a shot.
Looks great. Are you worried about rusting the bottom after watering your plant?
What a beautiful find! It’s gorgeous!
That was a lucky “score”! A little paint can fix a lot.
I live in a very rural area and I have to use birdcages to keep my seasonal plants safe from chipmunks, squirrels and even birds- yes, irony!
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