I purchased a birdcage from Ross for $8.99. It was a medium brown color and though it had some pretty details, I wanted to give it more character. The first thing I did was spray paint the whole cage a hammered gold. I bought craft paint in two colors: Dark Patina and Worn Penny.
I dabbed the patina color on the cage with a sponge brush. Before it could dry, I used a cloth to wipe some away. I did the whole cage twice, building up the amount of paint. Meet Eddie, my assistant.
After the paint was dry, I went over it again with the Worn Penny color, dabbing it in areas where it would look natural for rust to appear. Again, I used a cloth to wipe the paint until I got the effect I wanted. The paint dries quickly, but if you have an area you don't like, you can just redo it.
I was very happy with the way it turned out. The gold, patina, and copper color gave me the effect I was looking for. The birdcage no longer looked new.
An hour after I started this project, I used the birdcage in a tablescape.
I put some flowers and vines inside the birdcage, but I wasn't happy with it. Then I tried a glass cylinder with clear beads. I put a pillar candle inside the cylinder and voila! I had the look I wanted.
I have a feeling this birdcage will be painted over and over again. But, a buildup of paint will only make it look more vintage. Eddie and I thank you for joining us today!
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