I’ve been super excited to show you this modern update I recently completed on an antique Victorian birdcage I thrifted a couple months back.
I may already own one or two (or five) birdcages, but when I saw this beauty at a local Goodwill a couple months ago, I just couldn’t say no. It was screaming at me “Buy me, buy me”. I asked the clerk how much it was, since it was behind the counter waiting to have a price tag added, and he told me it was a whopping $60.00. I swallowed hard, and said “No thank you”, and left the store thinking that was way too much.
As we drove away, I went on the Google machine (in the passenger seat of course), and found similar antique birdcages like this one. WHA?????? $298???? Errrrrrrrk (wheels screeching to a halt). Back to Goodwill we went where I happily paid $60.00 (no tax). I love Goodwill.
Not only was it dusty and gross, but it also had a bit of a funky smell to it. Yuck, right? I think actual birds lived in it at one time. Luckily the metal pan on the bottom could easily slide in and out, so out it came and in the garbage it went. Bye bye gross smell.
Here is a pic of the birdcage before. Sorry about the bright window backdrop.
It took me a while to settle on what colour to spray this, but I finally decided on a charcoal grey in a gloss finish by Rust-Oleum.
I added a little boxwood topiary, and some ceramic birds that you might remember from my Mother’s Day Tablescape. I was somewhat limited to what I could put inside the cage, as all the items had to be small enough to fit through the little doors.
I love the charcoal grey paired with the green. These colours together make me happy (stay tuned for some exterior house painting btw).
My little topiary was made with a simple wooden dowel, and two faux boxwood balls that I had on hand.
The colours in my formal living room are very monochromatic, and I think this birdcage fits in perfectly, with just enough purple to make it interesting.
I haven’t yet decided if I like the birdcage better here.
Or here…. Oh well. I’ll figure it out. Lol.
That’s it for today’s post. Have a wonderful weekend everyone, and I’ll see you again on Tuesday.
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