My grandmother gave me a box of pennies to cover my bathroom floor some years ago. When I decided to sell my home an interesting floor didn't seem like it would appeal to all buyers so I went with tile instead! I thought it would be nice to give the pennies back and since she was hoping I'd make something with them I decided to maker her a copper roofed birdhouse for her backyard!
First you'll need to find a good quality birdhouse that will last outside. Most from craft stores are made from thin craft plywood and are only meant for indoors. This one is sturdy and the wood is thick and it will do well in the elements.
Go over your initial color with white chalk paint and distress with a wire brush/sandpaper. For even more age wood stain can add "dirt" to the look. Be sure not to overuse or the whole thing will look quite dirty!
Grab those pennies. If you want only a bright and shiny roof you can clean your pennies with a scrub made from baking soda and vinegar.
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