Birdhouses Painted with Chalk Paint

How to update thrift store birdhouses.

Today I'm sharing a few birdhouses that I painted for some Spring decor for my booth. I slightly varied the painting technique on each of the projects. I'll keep this post short and sweet, so I won't go into too many details of the process but rather let the photo collages tell the story.

Pink and White Birdhouse

This birdhouse was originally white with a green roof. I painted the base in Antoinette pink and the top in Old White. I lightly sanded the details and then applied soft clear wax followed by dark wax.

Thrift store birdhouse painted in Antoinette Pink chalk paint.



A light touch of dark wax was applied  to lend itself to a slightly weathered shabby chic look.
A light touch of dark wax was applied
 to lend itself to a slightly weathered shabby chic look.
Before and after shabby chic birdhouse
Before and after shabby chic birdhouse

Rustic Blue Birdhouse

This birdhouse started as a plain unfinished wood. I stained the wood Java Gel and then applied Louis Blue to the base and Cream to the top. I sanded back the paint for a rustic weathered finished and then sealed with a glaze.
Rustic birdhouse painted in Louis Blue and Cream.

A dark glaze was applied to give the  birdhouse a weathered farmhouse look.
A dark glaze was applied to give the
birdhouse a weathered farmhouse look.

Thrift store birdhouse given a rustic look with leftover paint.

Pink Birdhouse

This birdhouse was originally painted white with printed flowers. I applied Country Grey to the roof, Scandinavian Pink on the main body, and Chateau Grey on the base. It was sealed with clear wax followed by dark wax with specks of brown acrylic paint. I was inspired to give this color scheme a try based on a project painted by Jonathan Marc Mendez. I liked it so well that I used it on another project that I'll share soon.
Birdhouse painted in Country Grey, Scandinavian Pink, and Chateau Grey
Birdhouse painted in
Country Grey, Scandinavian Pink, and Chateau Grey
Dark wax and speckles of brown acrylic paint give added depth to the project.
Dark wax and speckles of brown acrylic paint give added depth to the project.
Before and After
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Supply List

Below are the supplies I used for these projects. Affiliate links follow.
  • Birdhouse (I found mine at thrift stores, but I've had a few people ask about where to purchase, so I'm including a link to an assortment that can be purchased in bulk. The last I checked there were also some at Walmart.)
  • Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan  (various colors as well as clear and dark wax). Click on the link to find where you can by her products from local stockists. Some stockists also ship via online orders! If you live near a stockist I encourage you to visit in-person to get advice and inspiration.
  • Java Gel Stain
  • Decorative Glaze
  • Brown acrylic paint
  • 220-grit sand paper

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