From thrift store salad bowls to cute modern bird feeders, these babies can be done in a weekend. Probably in a day if you start earlier than me. Read on!
Total Cost: $12-$15 for both.
Gather your supplies:
- 2 Wooden Thrift Shop Salad bowls ($1 each!)
- Sanding Sponge or Sanding pad & electric sander
- Craft Paints (.88 cents each, score)
- Primer (optional)
- Spray Paint (optional)
- Paint Brushes
- Wood Stain (I used Dark Walnut)
- Clearcoat (I'm using minwax polycrylic, love it)
- Drill with bits for making holes
- Plastic Mesh Sheet (found mine in the embroidery and needlework aisle)
- Short Screws and Washers
- 2 - S hooks
- 1 Turn Buckle
- 2 Long eye hooks
- 1 long eye hook (for mounting)
- 1 long regular hook (for mounting)
- Level, or a really good eye.
First things first, assess the damage to your bowls, and start sanding. These things sanded pretty fast, but wear a mask - who knows what's in that 70's varnish! Sand whichever way you want. I started with the sponge but was just too lazy, so I broke out the Makita.
Option two for hanging is to drill 3-4 holes evenly around the rim of the bowl, for twine to later pass through.
I taped the side of the shallow one because I want a nice strip of stained wood with the yellow.
On the left side, I have an eye hook, an S hook and the chain.
On the right side I have a hook, our turnbuckle, an S hook and the chain.
The turnbuckle is amazing, when you make it as long as possible, you can connect the ends of two things (the chain and the hook) then when you turn the middle piece, it self tightens. Isn't that special?
Be sure to clamp your S hooks shut and disguise your turnbuckle if it bugs you. It bugged me so I shot it with black spray paint. Ha!
Front Deck Redo... but I have a lot of ideas in the works. Check out my Pinterest board for a sneak peak. It's right off our kitchen, so it's super handy for entertaining, and it gets great sun all day.
What did you think, is it time to start feeding the flying creatures of your neighborhood? I've loved seeing all the different birds that have come by so far, and the squirrel - while totally making a mess and scaring the birds - is adorable.