Have you ever thrift shopped on a whim with no intention to buy until something grabbed your attention? A few weeks ago, while dropping off a few things my attention was derailed by a large bowl.
The pitcher was missing so I’m guessing this bowl was part of a ceramic wash basin.
I walked around it a couple times trying to pull myself away until I realized it would make an awesome bird bath.
This basin was on the markdown table from $10 for $5 so passing it up just wasn’t an option and I knew there was scrap wood back home for a pedestal. I had the perfect upcycle project brewing and was excited to get started.
The plan was to build a wooden stand and place in the bird park.
This project is more about how it came about than the measurements, to make this easy to duplicate just take the following instructions and change them up any way necessary to fit your own wooden upcycled bird bath.
Measure the Bottom of the Basin
The basin was pretty deep which gave me the idea to create a box the dish could sit in. I cut four pieces using 2 x 6 scrap wood, two were solid and the other two had jagged edging for a dash of understated detail.
Connecting Corners with Screws
Eight screws were used to connect the corners because this project is headed outdoors. Once attached I moved on to cutting fence boards for the pedestal length.
This was pretty quick and at this point in the project I realized it was time to reorganize our shed.
I had quite the time putting this project together, it was in the evening, it was hot, I was tired and the garden needed watering. My life in a nutshell right now is this, I have difficulty staying focused…
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Painting and Water
I was using a combination of pine and cedar fence boards which led me to painting with Dixie Belle color “driftwood” it’s light and I love how it compliments nature.
This is such a fun paint line because the color inventory is almost endless, I never get tired of seeking combinations but this time it wasn’t so much about the color, I was more focused on how to apply it.
Simple strokes went with the grain of the wood and then I added water to see what would happen and it was like magic. The paint thinned and I could see the wood grain. This I liked and continued with all four boards.
The paint took longer to dry but since it was hot they were place outside and ready to use in a matter of 20 minutes.
Staining with VOO DOO Gel Stain
I also like Dixie Belle’s gel stain, get it here. It’s so easy to use, it just squirts out and the next step is to rub the color into the wood. Begin by applying lightly because you can always darken it later with a second coat if you choose.
This stain also dries quick and it was the perfect pick for the top and bottom pieces.
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Connecting the Bird Bath Stand
This is where things got a little crazy and when I realized it would have been easier to connect the lighter boards to the top box when they were separated. SO MUCH EASIER!!
This connection was about 2 inches from the top because the basin is going to sit inside that top box. Once all four boards were connected to the box with screws it was time to finish once and for all.
The final step was to add a bottom platform, first insert a board that connects to the four boards using screws. Then incorporate another board for the bottom piece to have a pedestal finish.
This last piece of wood was also connected to the bottom by inserting with 4 screws.
The final step was to bring the bird bath outside, place and fill the water basin where I also floated a couple flowers.
I found a great space near the creek in our bird park where I’ve been hanging bird houses, the quail sanctuary rests and where chickens will roam.
This Upcycle bird bath was the perfect addition; I love watching birds splash in the water. Which means my next project for the park will be a bench, something simple and easy to build. Any suggestions?
This little piece of property at Quail Grove is turning into the perfect little stay vacation.