Double Duty Plant Stand/ Bird Bath From Repurposed Junk

by She2485545
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I took some old junk and look how awesome a little imagination turned it into a beautiful multipurpose piece.
Materials used
I had some junk pieces laying aroung in my garage and I got a brilliant idea. I had some top post pieces from my old 4 poster bed, an old wooden plate I picked up from a thrift store some years ago, and an old outdoor utility light shade.

I began by spraying the shade with dollar store grey weatherproof primer paint.
Next I decided to use up some old dollar store marble gems to make a mosaic on the lamp shade. I decided to use clear silicone sealant to glue the gems on. I began by just laying out a pattern filling in as I go.
Laying out a flower pattern first
Filling in like a puzzle.
Here is the finished result of that step.
I then painted the post and wooden plate with the grey primer, then lightly brushed a exterior flat white paint to get a distressed look once the primer dried.
Here's the plate.
I then glued and screwed the two post together, screwed the plate onto one end and gave the whole peice a coat of weatherproof matte clear coat.
After the silicone glue dried, I grouted the marbled shade, sanded and polished everything, then sealed with grout sealant. I then painted inside a pretty blue shade.
Afterwards I screwed the marbled base to the other end using a screw and washers painted blue to match,then put clear silicone sealant around washer to make it have a seal.
And viola, a plant stand one way, flip it to a bird bath. So beautiful. Love the way it turned out.
Bird bath.
Plant stand.
Paints and grout sealer used.
Suggested materials:
  • Spray paints, grey primer, blue, and clear coat. Silicone sealant, grout, and grout sealer. Three wa   (Got all materials at lowes)
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  • Brook Hasz Graybill Brook Hasz Graybill on Apr 13, 2016
    If you had to do it again, would you paint the inside prior to gluing on the stones or was it simpler to do it the way you did? Just wondering how to keep the edges looking crisp and not end up spraying/painting the grout and stones.

  • Liliana Wells Liliana Wells on May 10, 2016
    Do you think the grey primer and white paint are safe for the birds? Thanks

  • Bec219589 Bec219589 on May 14, 2016
    I too want to know if the paint used on the birdbath is safe for both birds and other animals that may use it?

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  • Pamela Pamela on Apr 22, 2019

    Most birds like a shallow bath. Maybe you can fill it with rocks or sand for the birds to stand on, otherwise, they will probably only use the "bath" to get a quick drink.

    • Nana J. Nana J. on Sep 08, 2019

      I would hunt for unusual river rock, just enough too have something for the birds to stand on. We lived on the shores of Lake Michigan, and found many unusual rocks. The one I have in our current birdbath is almost heart shaped, and because of erosion, the rock has little steps. 🤗

  • Gidget Gidget on Mar 31, 2020

    The shallow end is for the bird bath. The deep end is for a flower pot!