Shabby Chic Pedestal Catchall-Tutorial

It’s been almost two weeks since I posted anything new! Whew! Where did the time go? Well, the excuse for the first week was getting ready for Christmas, but from Christmas night on my excuse has been the crud. Okay, not exactly the same crud as I have heard most of my friends have had to deal with…just a cold for me…, but what a doozy of a cold.

Time to get my groove on! After blowing my sore nose, taking a dose of cold medicine, pouring myself another hot drink, and pulling up my big girl panties, I am finally ready to get this party going. Uhm…just a figure of speech. I am not quite ready to party.

This project is one I did a few months ago. Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas have come and gone since then, so now with the holidays over, I thought I would finally share this restyled junk tutorial here.


Another one bites the dust. Unfortunately, that is what usually happens with the basin top of birdbaths. I have never found a used birdbath basin that is attached to its pedestal, so I am assuming that is the way they are all made. I’m not sure why that is, except that is may be easier to ship and transport the purchased birdbath. Regardless of why they are made that way, I am constantly seeing orphaned birdbath pedestals at the curb on trash day. Never one to let a potential restyling project pass me by, I decided to turn one into an indoor pedestal catchall for my bathroom.

Things You Will Need:

Birdbath pedestal
Acrylic latex paint
Brown acrylic paint
Sponge brush or sea sponge
Old T-shirt
Household cement
Vintage enamel basin

Step 1
Clean the pedestal to remove any stuck on dirt or dust in the crevices. This can easily be done with soap and water, or at the very least a garden hose.

Step 2
Paint the pedestal using an acrylic latex paint color of your choice. I prefer light colors so that the application of the aging paint will be more visible. My pedestal looked like someone had already started to restyle it, but had stopped after one light coat of paint. I chose a cream color, applying two coats for complete coverage. After the last coat, allow the paint to dry thoroughly. Tip: If your pedestal is concrete, or has intricate design crevices, you will want to use an old paintbrush so that you can scrub the paint into all the tight spots.

Step 3
Thin brown acrylic paint with water to the consistency of stain. This will allow it to be easily washed, and it will soak into the crevices. Apply the thinned paint over the painted surface of the pedestal using a sponge brush or sea sponge. Rip an old T-shirt into rags. While the brown paint is still wet, wipe it off using the rags. The paint remaining will have stained the surface of the pedestal and settled into the crevices to give the appearance of shabby chic age.

Step 4
Apply household cement to the top of the pedestal. Center an enamel basin on top of the pedestal. Press the basin down firmly to adhere. Allow the adhesive to dry overnight for maximum hold.

If you plan on using your restyled birdbath as a birdbath once again, you will want to apply a clear sealer over the painted surface.

I used a vintage enamel basin for this project and chose not to alter its appearance with paint. If that doesn’t appeal to you, you could also use a basket, wooden box or ceramic bowl if desired.

Enjoy and Happy New Year!

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