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Ugly Birdhouse Makeover: How To Decorate A Wood Birdhouse with Recycled Hardware

A birdhouse makeover with fresh paint and rusty recycled hardware.

I love finding old birdhouses that need some love because I can get as creative as I like with the makeovers. The birdhouse I found at my favorite junk shop a few weeks ago needed a lot of love.

trash to treasure birdhouse ready for a shabby chic makeover

This is a Church birdhouse and it might have been pretty when it was new. Now the fancy painted flowers are sad looking. I bet there was a little birdy on the perch at one time because there are a few pieces of yellowed glue right above the perch.

old birdhouse

The wood on the roof has a few splits but is still firmly attached to the walls.

distressing a painted birdhouse

I thought I could sand the painted flowers from the birdhouse and still leave the coat of white paint but nope that didn’t work. Those flowers were not coming off, but the white paint was.

painting a Church Birdhouse white

No problem. I just found my white paint and painted the birdhouse.

shabby chic white birdhouse (3)

As you can see, I didn’t cover the old paint completely athough I did go back and cover more of the green on the roof line.

old hardware and furniture pulls

I went through my stash of stuff looking for the perfect pieces to decorate my little birdhouse. The photo above shows a very small portion of my rusty hardware and junk stash.

hardware piece for decorating a birdhouse

I found several pieces to get me started. It’s easy to go overboard on a project like this one. Sometimes simpler is better.

use a brad nailer for small home interior diy projects

I used my Ryobi brad nailer to attach the pretty filigree piece to the front peak of the roof.

how to secure decorative pieces to a birdhouse or similar home decor

Next, I used a drill to make a small pilot hole so I could screw the old hardware piece over the birdhouse hole.

adding rusty details to a white birdhouse

I will cover the screw heads with paint so they blend in.

add bits of brown paint to a birdhouse roof

I searched and searched for pieces I thought would look good on the roof but couldn’t come up with anything that made me happy. So for contrast, I dry-brushed light brown paint onto the roof.

Trash to treasure shabby chic birdhouse decorated with old hardware

While I was digging around looking for roof pieces, I came up with a real beauty. I removed the first piece I used over the birdhouse opening and replaced it. So much better.

How to paint and decorate an old birdhouse

I drilled more holes and used screws to attach the pieces on the sides and a hinge that I finally found to go on the roof.

Church birdhouse makeover (3)

Then so I could get a few quick photos, I set the birdhouse in my neighbor’s giant forsythia bush.

birdhouse makeover

The whole project took about an hour. Simple DIY home decor projects like this often aren’t time-consuming. Find a project to work on. When you finish, it will bring a smile to your face!

If you have the time leave a quick note, and thanks for being here, Kathy

Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. Loved this! I definitely need to start collecting some old hardware. The pieces add so much character to anything for sure!! Thanks for sharing…

  2. A nice makeover for your birdhouse. I enjoy seeing how you makeover different items, thanks.

  3. I love reading your projects while I’m having coffee in the morning. You’re birdhouse was adorable. Have a great day.