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When I was little, my mom and my auntie decorated a Christmas Bird Cage for me to dance with at my ballet recital. Whenever I see a bird cage, especially one decorated for the Holidays, I think of that fun time from my childhood, but I never thought to create one myself until now! I’m excited to share with you my Chalk Painted Christmas Birdcage using Americana® Decor™ Chalky Finish paints.
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- Decoart Americana® Decor™ Chalky Finish Paints in Lace, Rustic, Treasure, Romance, and New Life
- Decoart Americana® Decor™ Crème Wax
- Wooden Bird Cage or Bird House
- Wooden birds
- Paint brushes, including narrow, flat ones
- Paper plates and plastic spoons (for stirring paint if needed, and for pouring out paint)
- Painters tape
- Fine-grit (200c or higher) sand paper
- Lint-free cloth (a t-shirt scrap works)
- Xyron 1.5-inch Create-a-Sticker and Xyron Glue Dots
- Trims and mini wreath
- Hot glue
Directions When I saw this bird cage at Michael’s, I knew it was the one I wanted to paint. It looked like both a house and a cage, and reminded me of the painted Victorian homes in San Francisco. I removed the door and painted the whole thing in Decoart Chalky Finish Paint in Lace. I let my heart lead me on the choice of this bird cage…I loved the spindles, but not how long it took to paint each one! It wasn’t too bad though. I did have to use a narrow paint brush to get the insides, poking through the spindles here and there and at different angles (even turning the bird cage on its side and upside down) to get every surface. I painted the little ornament up top last, because I used that as a handle while painting everywhere else. One coat was fine. Even though the paint dries very quickly, I allowed it to dry for several hours because I would be doing a little bit of distressing later, i.e. the top layer would be sanded away to reveal this white layer, so I really wanted the white to stick. I also painted the door white. I decided to paint just certain parts with colors and leave the inside (and all those spindles!) white. I taped off the overhang and spindles on the roof with painter’s tape and painted the roof in Rustic, a dark brown, over the white. I painted two even coats (this is during the 2nd coat). I had taped off the triangles on the side of the house (see pic above), which I filled in with Treasure, a teal color. Next, I painted the bottom half of the bird cage in Treasure but just over the outside of the house and not the spindles or any inside surfaces. So I taped off the spindles, the overhang, and the bottom and painted with a small, flat brush. I also painted half of the knob up top. When the roof was dry, I distressed it with some fine-grit sand paper. I sanded down the edges so the white paint showed through, and sanded the flat surfaces as well. I removed the dust with a scrap of an old t-shirt. Finally, go over the whole thing with Crème Wax. You can use a lint-free cloth to apply it, or use a brush. After the wax has dried, buff it with a lint-free cloth, and your surfaces are both protected and smooth. Time to embellish for the holidays! I used my Xyron sticker maker to adhere some red rick rack trim to the roof. I used glue dots to adhere my little wreath and some “garland” (small pom pom trim) to the front. I also added some lace to the overhang to give it a gingerbread look.
All done. I’ve paired it next to a picture frame with garlands of little wood houses, painted in the same color scheme. Plus some bottle-brush trees that have suffered from some bead-head since they were packed away last year!
I LOVED the pretty colors and how easy it was to use the paints. Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint is available in Michaels in the wood and finishes aisle. Visit the DecoArt Chalky Finish website for more chalk paint ideas and inspiration! GIVEAWAY Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter to win 8 colors of your choice, clear and dark creme waxes, Soft Touch varnish, waxing brush and 2 stencils of your choice. The items pictured are representations only. The stencils and paint will be selected by the winner.