Thursday, April 15, 2010

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In the past month, I've had conversations with two separate friends about decorating with bird cages.  Neither was sold on the idea and I think one of them actually thought I was nuts.

You don't have to have a bird to decorate with a bird cage.  In fact, if you look close enough, you'll see a lot of decorating magazines using bird cages as part of the decor.

A while back I was on a mission to find a bird cage for my sitting room.  Jason joined in the fun and we hunted for awhile.  I found that there are a lot of bird cages that people are trying to get rid of.   The problem is, many of them are boring.

In order to decorate with a bird cage, it has to have an interesting shape.  In  my opinion, the more ornate the cage is, the better.  Don't worry about the color, because you can always spray paint it whatever color you want.

We checked Hub's Place. No luck.  Several antiques stores.  No luck.

Then we spotted one at an antique mall near our house.   It was black and had a beautiful shape.  Price $80.

I think I told you before that I am a bargain Betty (translation: cheap).  Jason wanted to whip out the wallet and buy it right there, but I was determined to find a better deal.

Don't get me wrong.  There is something wonderful about buying used or antique items for my home.  I like knowing that I'm buying something that my neighbors can't just copy by running over to Tarjay and throwing down 20 bucks.  I also like knowing that by re-using an item, I'm helping the Earth.

However, I have my limits and I felt $80 was too much to pay for a decorative bird cage.

One of the things I love about my husband is that when I become obsessed with something, he generally becomes twice as obsessed as I am.

When we got home that day, I was busy with one of the many activities with which Imani is involved, but Jason was determined to find a bird cage.  So off he went to the area stores to scope out the scene. 

He came home and gave me the report. He had found two bird cages at TJ Maxx that were nice, but he didn't know if they were what I wanted. 

His search saved me a lot of time and I was psyched to see that this bird cage was only $24.99. 




I chose to put candles in my birdcage.  I love how it looks at night.




Some people hang their cages with nothing in them while others might put a fake bird inide.


Pottery Barn

I like the whimsical feel of these birdcages decorating a child's bedroom.


Pottery Barn

In this image, Donna uses a bird cage on top of her bookshelf in an Easter display.


Home Goods


Here, a white bird cage is used on the console behind the sofa.

Country Living


I'm loving these bird cages that are actually light fixtures.  The hefty price of $250 would deter me from buying them, but I like the idea of converting a bird cage into a light fixture.


Velocity Art and Design



I've seen people use bird cages in their homes in really cool ways.  Some people put flowers inside them and some have even used them to house their plants.


World Market


How do you use bird cages in your home? Send me a picture! I'd love to see it. 


7 comments:

  1. Here is mine!! :) I got it for $2.99 at a thrift store!! What a steal!!

    http://www.thecountrychiccottage.net/2010/03/birds-nests-and-cages-three-things-that.html

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  2. Beautiful!! Love the candles inside! Mine does have a bird and a nest inside. lol I am a little predictable, but I love it!

    Great find! Kudos to Jason!

    Lou Cinda :)

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  3. Angie- what a bargain on your bird cage! I love what you did with it. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Stephenie,

    I have a collection of antique bird cages. The largest one is an ornate Victorian piece that I use in my garden.

    Deborah

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  5. Well done on the bird cage...I don't have one but boy am I going to start looking for one now! My weekend getaway may now have another purpose!

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  6. I have several and none are used for birds. Here's one (you'll have to scroll down a few pictures.)It actually looks kind of like the one in your Country Living picture but I got it at Target a couple of years back on clearance for ten bucks.
    http://3ringcottage.blogspot.com/2010/03/front-porch-makeover-for-spring.html

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  7. Gina - I love your bird cage and your porch looks great! You've inspired me to work on mine!

    Deborah- You and Gina are making me think I need to get more to spruce up my outdoor space!

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