DIY Vintage Bird Cage Planter

I don’t about about you, but this entire week I’ve had my days off. Seriously, I thought yesterday was Wednesday for at least half the day. And then even when I realized it was only Tuesday I still kept thinking it was Wednesday. And now today really feels like it should be Thursday, but it’s only Wednesday. Right?! Sheesh. I don’t know what in the heck is going on with me this week, but I need to get it together. Anyway, today’s post is a fun one because I’m sharing an easy DIY vintage bird cage planter that I worked on this past weekend. This project is a true trash to treasure kind of DIY. See, I’ve had this vintage bird cage for several years now and I actually “styled” it in our home a few times (I’m using that term loosely here because looking back at those photos I had to cringe), but for at least two years now it’s just been sitting in storage. I honestly wasn’t loving it anymore–it was rusted and very rustic to say the least, so it wasn’t the prettiest thing to look at. Well the other day I was going through some stuff in our little storage shed and I stumbled on this bird cage. It crossed my mind that I should just toss it in the trash, but then I quickly got an idea to turn that bird cage into a little planter/centerpiece for our outdoor dining table. So that’s just what I did! And I gotta say, I kinda love how it turned out. Now to get started, here’s how it looked before:

DIY Vintage Bird Cage Planter. Great idea for easy summer garden decor!

See, I told you. It obviously wasn’t the most attractive thing in the world. It had definitely seen MUCH better days, that’s for sure. Anyway, I knew it had some potential left so I hosed it down and grabbed a can of spray paint.

I like to use this one by Rust-Oleum because it’s a paint and primer in one, so it gives really great coverage. And it dries super quick, which is perfect for impatient people like meeeeeee. All righty, here’s how the bird cage looks now with a fresh coat of paint:

DIY Vintage Bird Cage Planter. Great idea for easy summer garden decor! DIY Vintage Bird Cage Planter. Great idea for easy summer garden decor! DIY Vintage Bird Cage Planter. Great idea for easy summer garden decor! DIY Vintage Bird Cage Planter. Great idea for easy summer garden decor!

DIY Vintage Bird Cage Planter. Great idea for easy summer garden decor!

Isn’t that so darn cute?! It’s crazy what a little bit of white paint can do. I found a couple of potted plants that fit perfectly inside the bird cage and BOOM–a cool little vintage planter in a matter of minutes. I styled it on the table on our back patio with this woven tray as a fun summer centerpiece.

DIY Vintage Bird Cage Planter. Great idea for easy summer garden decor! DIY Vintage Bird Cage Planter. Great idea for easy summer garden decor!

DIY Vintage Bird Cage Planter. Great idea for easy farmhouse style summer garden decor!

Projects like this are always fun because it’s awesome to see how a worn out (and ugly) item headed for the trash can be transformed into something with a new purpose in just a few minutes. It only took a little bit of effort and some spray paint to turn this vintage bird cage into a little planter/centerpiece for our outdoor dining table. This would also be really great as fun decor in a garden or even a greenhouse. And how cute would it look with a pile of old books stacked in there?! So many possibilities with this guy.

Thanks for stopping in the blog today!! Here’s a few other easy peasy DIY projects you might want to check out:

DIY Framed Sheet Music

DIY Vintage Crackled Paint Effect

The Easiest DIY Farmhouse Tray

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  1. Tamara O wrote:

    I absolutely LOVE how this turned out! Now you’ve got me adding an old bird cage to my Antique shopping wish list 😊
    Thank you always for your creative inspirations!

    Posted 6.6.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      YESSSS! Find yourself an old bird cage. So many fun ways to use them!

      Posted 6.6.18 Reply
      • Candy Brodie wrote:

        Awesome idea! I have an ugly one in a bright yellow..I will do this in white like yours…thanks for this great idea

        Posted 6.6.18 Reply
  2. Becky wrote:

    Dear Sarah, Is there anything a can of spray paint can’t do? LOL I love your bird cage centerpiece. I also love quick projects. Isn’t it funny we can see something that we’ve had forever and get the cutest idea ever! Well you’ve made my day again Sarah! xo

    Posted 6.6.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      haha not that I’ve found yet! Spray paint is like magic. Especially for projects like this, it’s just incredible! Thanks for stoping by Becky. xo

      Posted 6.6.18 Reply
  3. Lisa L Duty wrote:

    Great job as always. Love your posts!

    Posted 6.6.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thanks so much for stopping by Lisa! xo

      Posted 6.6.18 Reply
  4. Rebecca wrote:

    Wow, my 6year old grandson, just yesterday, gave me the idea to put my old white birdcage over my new strawberry plant to protect it from birds and gophers, lol, so we must all be on some same stellar wave, lol…I was really surprised by your post, awesome girl ! I also love the office as I just was given a huge black rack from a nearby store, great ideas and inspiration as to how I will use it, thanks so much ! Loving your blog !

    Posted 6.6.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Yes!! That would work great to protect your strawberries. He’s a smart cookie! 🙂

      Posted 6.6.18 Reply
  5. Lynda wrote:

    I love this! Now I’ll have to be on the lookout for a birdcage at yard sales! I do have one question: it looks like it was pretty rusted in the “before” picture. Did you have to sand all those little wires before you spray painted them?

    Posted 6.6.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Nope, I just hosed it down and let it dry before spray painting it. Easy peasy!

      Posted 6.6.18 Reply
  6. Tammy Ganci wrote:

    I want one!!!!!!!!!! lolol I am now on the lookout for a bird cage in any condition. I have the spray paint on the list for my next trip to the hardware store!!!! I have a white country hutch in my dining room and it will look great on the top of it styled with either greenery or some battery operated candles. I love placing little lights and battery operated candles all over the place!!!! I am still waiting for the del of the rattan chairs and I will get a pic to you!!!

    Enjoy a great blessed Wednesday with your family,
    Love your blog friend

    Posted 6.6.18 Reply
  7. Kathy wrote:

    I’ve had an old birdcage on my ‘hunting list’ for years but haven’t found one yet for the right price. Yours looks great — I’ll keep hunting for mine!!

    Posted 6.6.18 Reply
  8. jennylynn wrote:

    It’s amazing what a little bit of fresh paint will do for something old. I love that you kept the old rusted bird cage and gave it new life. I love reposed items for decorating.

    Posted 6.6.18 Reply
  9. Chris wrote:

    💡You inspire me!! I have 3 birdcages I will give a second look now. Love that most of your ideas are so quick and easy.

    Posted 6.6.18 Reply
  10. Sandee wrote:

    So cute. I love finding a throw away and making it pretty again. This one makes me want to go find a rusty old birdcage now.

    Posted 6.6.18 Reply
  11. Christine wrote:

    So glad you didn’t toss this out, it looks great! I have a small birdcage stored away somewhere in my garage so now after seeing what you did to yours I’m going to do the same with mine! Thanks!

    Posted 6.6.18 Reply
  12. Judy Flynn wrote:

    This is ADORABLE!😍 I can’t believe it’s the same birdcage! Amazing job with this piece Sarah! You’ve motivated me to shop “birdcages”! My husband isn’t going to allow me on email any longer lol

    Posted 6.6.18 Reply
  13. Dina wrote:

    Well that’s just too cute!!!!! I’m glad you didn’t toss it after all this time. What an fun & pretty project. You could put a solar light candle in there to. Would look amazing at night. I will certainly be on the look out. Thanks Sarah

    Posted 6.6.18 Reply
  14. Dianne Gingrich wrote:

    That looks great on your outdoor patio,

    Posted 6.6.18 Reply
  15. Tara wrote:

    As always I am impressed with your great ideas! I love how you styled the birdcage with plants.

    Posted 6.6.18 Reply
  16. Sherri wrote:

    WOW! I cannot believe how well that turned out with the coat of paint! It looks totally different! I love how everything together looks on your table…You have such an amazing eye!!

    Posted 6.6.18 Reply
  17. Faith wrote:

    Soooo cute! Nice work, and I too love love love that Rustoleum paint in the flat sheen, I just bought 6 cans of black and white and have been spraying a lot of old to new projects, from an old milk can, plastic flower pots that were cobalt became white, old piano bench and wicker furniture…it does dry quick, and it sprays so nice….love your outdoor area…so fresh and summery….have a good day….whatever day it Is!

    Posted 6.8.18 Reply
  18. Linda Ryan wrote:

    Love your style and ideas! I’m slowly waking up to this farmhouse style, I’ve always loved country. Now this new farmhouse chic is so pretty and so easy to transform stuff. So my question being I found this old brassy looking lamp and was wondering if I should paint it white or black? I’m considering painting my mantle white also , this lamp would sit on a table next to the mantle on a dark table. Thankyou if you can help me!

    Posted 12.31.18 Reply

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