Repurposing my thrift store find!

Hey all! I found this awesome "bird cage" at a thrift store the other day and although it looked a little "rusty" when I picked it up, I knew it had GREAT potential! However, I wanted to get some ideas from my friends here on Hometalk for what I do next! I brought it home, had my honey take it to work and get it sandblasted. (I bribed his co-worker that does the sandblasting with a batch of yummy pecan bark - hey, a girl does what a girl has to do!) LOL.
Anyway, was wondering if you all could give me ideas on painting it now. (The only thing I've ever done is with a spray paint can!) I was thinking of some type of bronze color would look really good. Oh, I forgot the most important part! I do NOT have a bird! I am going to use this as a planter! LOL. I am thinking it will look good with some type of Ivy, pothos, or vine type plant in it. It does come apart and I can put it through the bottom. Okay, that's all the info. Ideas- GO! Thanks! :)
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Looking all lonely at the thrift store begging for a new home!
q repurposing thrift store bird cage ideas, gardening, home decor, painting, repurposing upcycling, Before sandblasting
Before sandblasting
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After sandblasting
q repurposing thrift store bird cage ideas, gardening, home decor, painting, repurposing upcycling, Close up of top after sandblasting I just love this piece
Close up of top after sandblasting. I just love this piece!
  37 answers
  • Kate H Kate H on Nov 22, 2014
    What a great find! Birdcages are so popular now but that one is truly unique! I love the bronze idea, and u could easily spray paint - Rustoleum gold or similar is great, or a bronze rub!
  • Donna Donna on Nov 22, 2014
    I love birdcages, too. You could put almost any color on this & it will look great. Would love to know what you paid for it - if you don't mind a nosey question:)
  • Angela A Angela A on Nov 22, 2014
    Oh....I didn't know there were "rubs" out there? How would you do that @Kate H ?
  • Angela A Angela A on Nov 22, 2014
    @Donna I don't mind telling...He had it priced at $39.95, and I asked if he'd take less, (I always do) but he'd just gotten it in and said he was gonna try to get some of the rust off and UP the he took $2 less for I snatched it up!! LOL
  • Angela A Angela A on Nov 22, 2014
    Thanks for the answers, but I'm still hoping for more ideas.
  • Cathy Kurpil Cathy Kurpil on Nov 22, 2014
    Beautiful Cage! So unique, I would have snapped that up immediately, too! I buy and sell a lot of cages in my booth, so popular and pretty. As far as a bronze, Rustoleum does make a spray paint, I personally don't care for it, last time I "bronzed something, I sprayed it with Matte black then, sparingly metallic gold. Turned out looking pretty good! I am actually a big fan of shabby so most of my cages are sprayed gold first, then semi-gloss white, and lightly sanded in spots for that distressed look. Some Bromeliads and fern would look gorgeous in there! Good luck, have fun!
  • Shara Smith Shara Smith on Nov 22, 2014
    When I see this I think of a garden fairy or hens and chickens. Succulents!
  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Nov 23, 2014
    Very nice. For just now, why not put it on your front step and fill with various sized and coloured Christmas ball ornaments, etc. for a display. Later, I'd bring it in and put in greenery - vine or such - real or artificial..
  • Don Goldwyn Don Goldwyn on Nov 23, 2014
    Grrr8 Bird cage I would put some artificial colourful birds(Parrots or similar) in it, nesting on a nest of twigs FUntastic ps for some ideas go here:-
  • Twilla Rasmussen Twilla Rasmussen on Nov 23, 2014
    I made a chandelier out of a bird cage.
  • Joanna Carrisal Joanna Carrisal on Nov 23, 2014
    That is beautiful. I'm thinking out of the box here. If you took it to a welding shop and had them insert a mailbox iside the belly of it, paint it black. Have them build for brackets that could be cemented in the ground that would hold the feet securely. It would be the most unique mailbox ever!
    • Angela A Angela A on Nov 23, 2014
      @Joanna Carrisal this is a VERY interesting and unique it! My sweetie has welders in his shop at work that could do this if I asked, but I don't think it's big enough inside for the required standard mailbox. :( I will have to measure it! thanks!!
  • Anne Anne on Nov 23, 2014
    Great piece to find. I'm jealous!! I have seen lots in Bird Cages in pictures I have seen in corners of peoples home, just can't remember what they all had in them.They are VERY popular right now.
  • Mabeline Mabeline on Nov 23, 2014
    I would plant a spider plant inside so that long baby plants would hang out through the bars over the edges
    • Angela A Angela A on Nov 23, 2014
      @Mabeline this is my idea with a vine type plant...spider plant would work as well, and then you get all the "babies" off of it that you can clip and replant! love it! thanks!
  • Katie Katie on Nov 23, 2014
    I don't think I would paint it at all. I'd just spray some matte glaze to protect it and leave it at that. You could put it on your front porch/step and change the innards of it on seasonal basis. I would love to see what you do end up doing with it. There are lots of great ideas here!
  • Sherry Fram Sherry Fram on Nov 23, 2014
    I would definitely go with the bronze or even a copper spray paint would look great with the greenery. Great find! Would live to see the results when you are done!
  • Yvonne Sanders Yvonne Sanders on Nov 23, 2014
    I would go white and distress it some and put silk plants in it with some ivy hanging down. Did several and grouped together at a wedding and they were gorgeus. And if you decide to sell it, let me know, I love it.
  • Chris aka monkey Chris aka monkey on Nov 23, 2014
    @Angela A sometimes i have to admit i get so green with envy over a find on here i get crabby ha ha and boy howdy did this gorgeous cage make me crabby...i would just spray a matte clear sealer on it the patina it has is awesome,but if you want to paint it i would go with white because it it would show up grandly..and the can be used any way you decide seasonal things like pumpkins or Christmas ornaments easter baskets ,eggs and plants geeze i guess i am glad you got this i would drive myself crazy xx
  • Deb Deb on Nov 23, 2014
    If you are into the miniature gardening trend, it would be magical to have it planted with a miniature theme, plants, benches,curvy walkway and such!
  • Joyce Martin Joyce Martin on Nov 23, 2014
    An asparagus fern would compliment the airy feel of the bird cage. Or a spider plant would look good too as suggested above!
  • Diena Cameron Diena Cameron on Nov 23, 2014
    Hi, This is a stunning piece and I think it already has a bronze tint to it unless my color is off or I need glasses, lol. You could do a rub on it. There are so many good ones out there, I just can't remember the one I used last but it comes in a little tube like toothpaste and you just rub it on and buff. An antiqued silver would be beautiful. Good luck and be sure and post pics when your done. I too am very jealous :D
  • Diena Cameron Diena Cameron on Nov 23, 2014
    Me ag :D ! If I remember right, I think it's called "Rub and Buff". Hence the instructions for rubbing on, buffing off ! Duh !! Hope I'm right :D
    • Angela A Angela A on Nov 23, 2014
      Thanks for the info! I really like this idea! :-) I will definitely post the after pics!
  • Mom865340 Mom865340 on Nov 23, 2014
    What a find..happy for you!! I would probably use this just a "piece"...remove the perch inside and save for another use..put in some "shreds" on the "floor" of the cage...use glittery shreds if holiday or glitzy...earthy if fall etc.Next nestle 3 LED candles-short-med-tall in the shreds.Then from the little curli-que metal scrolls right under the cage hang single vintage cut glass long to a curlique..hope this helps!
  • All377999 All377999 on Nov 23, 2014
    Perfect fairy house
  • Eleanor Simmons Eleanor Simmons on Nov 23, 2014
    I would put a large candle in it. Possibly a three wick, if it fits or medium pillar. It would be a good idea to us a glass container. This is moble so you can move it around like a bathroom or dark hallway. This can also be seasonal so christmas you put greens in it. So versatile. Great find
  • Karen Karen on Nov 23, 2014
    I'd make it into a floor lamp by drilling for a lamp kit. I would look great with an Edison bulb. I would leave the finish and just clear coat it to protect it.
  • Angela A Angela A on Nov 23, 2014
    Everyone has such Amazing ideas! You guys are making it sooo hard to decide what to do!!! LOL :-)
  • Bobette Olds Bobette Olds on Nov 23, 2014
    I have one that I put succulents in this summer and they grew outside the wires and looked awesome. My cage was not quite this beautiful. Nice find.
  • Julie wolf Julie wolf on Nov 23, 2014
    I would not paint it for sure. And any of the suggestions listed would work, just depends on if it's going to be inside or out.
  • Rebecca Corley Bailey Rebecca Corley Bailey on Nov 24, 2014
    I have one I plan to paint Then put twinkle lights & plants in it!
  • Marie Tarsi Marie Tarsi on Nov 24, 2014
    This is too beautiful to turn into a planter (even though it is a great idea). It would look lovely with some type of solar light inside to welcome visitors on your front porch.
  • Gale Gale on Nov 24, 2014
    So pretty the way it is......leave it this way;
  • Elizabeth Elizabeth on Nov 25, 2014
    I think it looks great sandblasted. If you wanted though, you could use one of the metallic paints on it in bronze. I would do it with good quality artificial flowers with a bird accent piece. You could even turn this into a beautiful and unique lamp.
  • GR GR on Nov 26, 2014
    I really love the sand blasted finish and it's very much in fashion at the moment. If it's going outside it would need to be sealed with a clear spray varnish to protect it though. I would fill it with fairy lights at this time of year and maybe put in a plant next spring. Whatever you do it's a thing of beauty :-)
  • Hom1362668 Hom1362668 on Feb 28, 2015
    Love bird cages! Thanks for showing it but how do you get rid of the clip it bar in the center to see it better. Thanks again
    • Angela A Angela A on Feb 28, 2015
      @Homekitblue the clip it bar doesnt show on my screen....that could be due to the software you are using to view it?? I'm not sure, I'm sorry...
  • Deb Deb on Feb 28, 2015
    homekitblue, if you move your cursor off the picture, the clip it bar will go away.
  • Lorraine Lorraine on Sep 20, 2015
    What a find! Just stick a great candle in it, decorate with seasonal objects,fairy lights Xmas balls,little pumpkins,or glittery skulls ...
  • Donna dickinson Donna dickinson on Nov 09, 2015
    i love it also wish i had found it I would put some succulents in the middle and a plant like creeping jenny or creeping thyme around the middle plant i would not use an ivy it might in time cover all the beauty of this the plants i mentioned in a container will flow down i can see it now good luck whatever u choose its a beauty
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