Ugly Birdbath Becomes Upcycled Outdoor Plant Stand ~ How an ugly birdbath gets a new look and purpose with cleaning, new paint and pretty blue glass gems.
I have always wanted a really nice birdbath in the garden. I think it is a nice feature to add for the outdoor décor aspect. It is also nice to create a haven for birds to come and visit. When I bought this birdbath several years ago I thought I had found the perfect one. It had a nice shape, was made of metal so it was quite solid and it had a lovely vintage antique green colouring.
This turned out to be one of those purchases that started to deteriorate after a couple of years. The base stayed in good shape but the basin quickly started to get rusty and the paint began to chip off. This was no longer a safe haven but more like a hazard for the birds. It also looked really ugly.
I tried to revive it again by painting it with a gray stone looking spray paint. Again, it deteriorated after a couple of years. I was determined to make this birdbath work so I painted it again with a spray paint that had rust protection. After another couple of years the paint started to chip away yet again.
To top it off a piece of the basin broke off in the middle leaving a gaping hole. Now it looked even more ugly.
I considered fixing the hole and sealing it with outdoor silicone but thought it would be a waste of product, time and effort. I gave up on the idea of using it as a birdbath. Nor did I want to take it to the landfill site because the base was still in really good shape. It was the basin that was the issue.
So I decided to give it a completely different purpose! This is what I did…
Ugly Birdbath Becomes Upcycled Outdoor Plant Stand
- T.S.P. cleaner
- Kilz Primer
- Tremclad Rust Paint Gloss Black Gloss spray paint
- canning ring lid (or something similar for tracing)
- white dressmaking pencil
- blue glass gems
- tube of clear Silicone for outdoor use
- tube of black silicone for outdoor use
Use sandpaper to remove any loose paint on the basin. Wash the entire birdbath with a T.S.P. cleaner. Allow to dry thoroughly.
Apply two coats of Kilz Primer spray paint. Allow each coat to dry thoroughly.
Apply two coats of Tremclad Rust black gloss spray paint. Allow each coat to dry thoroughly.
Using a white dressmaking pencil and a canning ring (or similar size item) as a tracer draw a ring around the open hole in the centre.
Using the hand drawn circle around the hole as the starting point, apply glass gems with the clear silicone.
Do this by squeezing a dab of the silicone on one side of the glass gem and setting in place on the basin. Apply enough circular rows till the bottom of the basin is covered.
Apply black silicone in the open area directly around the hole up to where the glass gems start. Allow to dry thoroughly.
Final Comments: In my pervious attempts at reviving this birdbath I did not bother starting with priming the basin before applying the paint. Now I almost always apply a primer on all kinds of surfaces on my paint projects. I have tried various kinds of primer but my go-to choice now is the Kilz brand. It has always performed for me compared to some other ones that I tried and that have actually wrecked the project.
You might be wondering why I added the blue glass gems when you are not really going to see them when it is used as a plant stand. The main reason was to use them along with the silicone to deter or hopefully stop the bottom of the basin from eroding and the paint chipping. The other reason is I plan on keeping this upcycled plant stand outdoors all year. It will still look very pretty without a planter on it. I also chose blue for a specific reason. I figure if it can’t be used to hold water anymore at least it can sort of look like water. The blue also creates a nice contrast of colour against all of the black.
Be sure to use silicone that specifically states it is for outdoor use. I just buy the small squeeze tubes rather than the large cartridges. I find a little bit goes a long way.
This is how an ugly birdbath became an upcycled outdoor plant stand. It was very easy and so worth the time and effort. It does look much better and I am no longer disappointing the birds with what was actually a hazardous rather than safe haven for them to hang out. The hole I left in the middle will make sure that no water stays in the basin. It will just pour down the center of the stand and into the ground.
Here are some beauty shots of where I placed it in a garden bed in the front yard.
Even though it is autumn I have already put it to use. It is contributing to the outdoor fall décor. I placed a pumpkin on top and surrounded it with a leaf garland. How To Prepare Pumpkins So They Last shows how my new upcycled outdoor plant stand is already put to good use! I also have a project in mind for how I will use it at Christmas time so stay tuned for that post in the near future.
Your Turn: First of all, thank you so much for visiting Ugly Birdbath Becomes Upcycled Outdoor Plant Stand! I was wondering if you have an ugly item that you are thinking of upcycling? If so, what might it be? I would love for you to join in the discussion.
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