Do you love birdhouses in all shapes and sizes? This one-of-a-kind handmade birdhouse has always been a favorite of mine. My father built it many years ago and I have always adored it. But It really wasn’t looking so good…
When my father first handmade this birdhouse, it was gorgeous and I loved every little detail he put into it.
It sat so beautifully under the backyard trees on a matching handmade stand, which is now completely rotted.
But it’s been well over 15 years now, it weathered well, but certainly needs some love and care.
My husband said to toss it, I said no way…
Birdhouse Shingle Roof
The shingles on the birdhouse’s roof were thin and worn. But still worthy.
I first secured the birdhouse’s shingles onto the roof with a few small nails.
Being careful not to split the birdhouse’s plywood siding.
The birdhouse sure is in rough shape, isn’t it?
My father made numerous pieces of outdoor furniture, especially birdhouses, and benches.
They surround the property in numerous little hidden places. We won’t have them forever, so I’m enjoying them all now while I still can.
Doesn’t the birdhouse’s roof look like a little thatched cottage?
Next, I used my old standby Restor-a-Finish and Feed-N-Wax to help preserve, add color, and moisture to these super old dry birdhouse roof shingles.
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And just like that…
The birdhouse’s old roof shingles are rich in color once again with that old New England rustic charm.
The birdhouse shingles even match the cedar shakes on the outside of our home.
Painting the Birdhouse
The next step was to paint the birdhouse. I liked the original white color choice. Especially with the weathered roof shingles and how it stands out amongst the trees.
This was easy too with just one full can of white flat spray paint by RUST-OLEAM.
After restoring this special handmade birdhouse, I needed to find a stand for it.
And you know what? How about the stand I painted it on?
My father made that too.
I found another can of white spray paint and painted the stand to match.
It fit the birdhouse almost like a glove.
It makes me wonder if my father may have originally made it for this birdhouse and for whatever reason, he made another one and repurposed this little stand for his garage use.
I just love the homespun and pastoral look of this one-of-a-kind birdhouse.
The birdhouse now sits pretty once again under the trees, just past the split rail fencing that my father also installed, along with a few other of my dad’s birdhouses and bench creations.
You may also enjoy the post, The Biggest Red Birdhouse and How to Easily Mount It from our home in Vermont.
And this split rail fence we installed in Vermont too, just like the one here at our Home in Maine.
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I love the bird house. My husband said we have what we need to make one of the smaller ones your dad made…I’ll send you a pic if we get it done.
Oh Joann, that would be so nice of you, I’d love to see it!
Gerri Colangelo says
I have lots of birds & feeders. I’m having my husband make me one of these. I love it!
Awww I love that Gerri. Send me a picture if you think of it!
This birdhouse is absolutely charming, Ann! You have the best things from your parents!
Thanks so much Molly!
There’s nothing like the things we have from our parents. Your birdhouse is extra special and wonderful.
Thanks kindly Marlene!
Perhaps bring it in for the winter so it lasts even longer?
Yes, I think that needs to be the plan moving forward!
A question about the holes in the bird house…..why so many ? Does each hole have its own house?
Love it !
Hi Cindy, It’s a decorative birdhouse, not a functioning one. I think most likely my father saw a picture of one like it and he replicated it as he often did.
Ethel Alderson says
Love the birdhouse and the story.
You could use it in a cupboard for winter.
Tell me about the sail boat on your cottage door in the pic!
Thank you so much Ethel, I’m so glad you like it. The sailboat on the front door is made out of driftwood. You can find similar ones over on Etsy, here’s a link to get you started https://bit.ly/3okpLjP .
Rachel Harper says
It turned out great.