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Monday, May 24, 2010

{Happiness in a Can!} Birdhouse

o you stand in the spray paint aisle and feel like a kid in a candy store? Something has happened to me since I started home DIY projects....I get just as excited walking into the hardware store as I used to with JCrew's new arrivals!! In fact, when I started doing messy stuff like painting, I didn't even have ratty tees to put on!!?? I had to rifle through my son's stack of sport camp shirts for something (good thing as I'm not a tidy painter!)

A recent trip to Home Depot had me gazing at the rainbow of colors in the spray paint aisle. Oh the possibilities! Since I'm trying for a more cohesive color scheme in my backyard this year, yellow and white, I grabbed the cheeriest yellow on the shelf. I wasn't even sure what I'd paint with it, but knew there'd be something I could attack.

And attack I did, so quickly in fact that I didn't take the important 'Before' shot. I dug this one up from a random backyard shot during the winter.

birdcage before

You don't even know what you're looking for, do you? The iron's practically invisible and certainly not cute or cheery. After two coats of lemon yellow by Rustoleum it looks like this:

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It makes me ridiculously happy! And since there was paint left in the can...I looked around until I found another victim (no 'Before' shot at all this time, but it started out just as plain as the birdcage:

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Isn't it the cutest? You didn't even notice the cute bluebonnet pot before, but now it pops too. This is the first thing you see when you walk out the back door.

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They say money can't buy happiness, but I'm starting to think a $5 can of spray paint can!!


  1. Cassie, that yellow is looking great! I sometimes wonder why they don't have a process to turn any 'can' paint into a spray for people like us. Wouldn't that be awesome?

  2. Oh, I LOVE yellow! This looks great! Nice work!

  3. I love how these turned out! Super cheerful and summery. :)

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting yesterday!!!

  4. Looks just like a Z Gallerie lantern! I did that too, bought a shiny red spray paint recently that I have no idea what I'm going to use it on, but with the holidays coming, I'm sure I'll find something.

  5. How did you decide on what brand? 2+ years later do you have a favorite? I found you through your posts on Iheartorganizing. I am starting from the beginning and going to read through them all. Wish me luck!

    1. Hi Stephanie...I love Rustoleum, but usually I choose based on color. And I'd like to apologize in advance for some of the posts you'll come across!! :) But thanks for the support and dedication!! :)


Your comments are like popcorn with milk duds, I just can't quit them. Thanks for taking the time to share your positive thoughts! xoxo, cass

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