Shabby Chic Birdcage Knockoff-Tutorial

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I love looking through home decorating magazines, home interior stores and high-end department stores, but I’m realistic enough to know the closet I will get to owning any of that beautiful eye-candy is if I make it myself.

This shabby chic birdcage is my knockoff of one I found while window shopping one day. I can’t remember the name of the store, but I can remember the cage was $45. Now some of you may not think $45 is too much for a decorator birdcage, but my frugal, do-it-yourself brain said “No way!”

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I tucked that inspiration away in my mind and while looking for something else in the barn, I came across a similar shaped birdcage. It was perfect. It had come from the Dollar Store, but it was green and decorated with wire vine and metal ivy leaves that I didn’t like.

I wanted my cage to resemble the one I had seen, so the vine and leaves had to go. That process was surprisingly easy to accomplish. I just tugged tham off. The parts that were stuck came off with the help of wire cutters. Easy Peasy! I immediately loved the difference that made.

I then sprayed the entire cage (inside and out) with a light layer of white spray paint. This was mainly to get into all the corners and the peak of the inside of the cage. I wasn’t trying for full coverage. I just wanted a jumping off point for the layers that would follow.

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The cage at the store had cool decorative embellishments on it, so I got out my bag of brass doohickeys.

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I simply wired them to the cage using craft wire.

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Using an old paintbrush I pounced and dabbed flat off white acrylic paint over the whole cage (inside and out).

After that dried, I repeated it with a coat of flat white acrylic paint.

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I was loving it, but it just didn’t look shabby enough yet, so I got out the sandpaper. I sanded everything.

Ta-da!

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Check it out! If you look closely (inside the cage) you can see one of the nests from yesterday’s tutorial.

Enjoy!

 

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