June 20th, 2009 in member junk     
csudderth csudderth, member
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Well, I finally got a project finished! This is the bird bath that I built for my sister's yard. The base is an artillery shell casing that I picked up in Canton for $3. It is about 36" tall and 8" in diameter and has a screw on lid for storing ammunition. The vendor had 3--I bought one and talked one of my sisters into buying one. Wish now I had bought the 3rd one. When we were carrying them to the car a lady that we met looked at her husband and said that some of the junk people bought never ceased to amaze her. I told my sisters that after she saw the finished project she would want one too! LOL The top is a disc from a farm implement. The bird is just a bought one that I picked up in Canton. I'm going to weld my own bird for mine--I'll post pics when I finish. My husband painted the base for me--I really hated to paint over the original finish but the army green just blended into the greenery of the yard and you couldn't really see it. Anyway, it was a fun project.

Pattern or design used: My own design
posted in: member junk, metal, cottage, garden, whimsical, outdoor spaces, farm

Comments (10)

georgiamoon writes: You know what I like most about this project is that you can take something that is NOT related to a peaceful existence and turn it into something that birds and nature will love. Talk about a complete turn around. I love it and it looks great too! Georgia Posted: 11:04 am on June 24th
junkermidge writes: That is way too cool! I love the rustiness of the bowl and the addition of the stones. What bird wouldn't want to bathe there!
Midge Posted: 10:06 pm on June 23rd
MimiToria writes: I love this! What a great idea. Thanks for posting it for us to see and be inspired by.
Gretchen Posted: 7:48 pm on June 22nd
RustyDiva writes: Awesome!!!!!! Love the rusty topper! Posted: 1:56 pm on June 22nd
shabbychick writes: Christy, I love this (and the color you chose for the base is just right for your garden setting). This is a piece that will last forever, and definitely won't blow over in the wind!

Great job!


P.S. I've heard those comments before (or gotten the look when I leave the thrift store with a piece of "junk")...but, those people should see the finished product,right?? :) They'd be amazed! Posted: 9:35 am on June 22nd
JunkArchitect writes: What a great idea for an old shell casing. Posted: 11:12 pm on June 21st
pmorse writes: Love it! I live near Ft. Hood and think the soldiers would really appreciate this reuse idea!! Posted: 5:34 pm on June 21st
suewhitney writes: It looks like you had fun with this one...I love it! I know it must have been difficult to paint over the army green, but you are so right that it would have just blended right in with the background. The color you chose is beautiful. Great find, awesome project!!

Take care,
Sue Posted: 10:37 am on June 21st
monakent writes: Oops - typo.... I meant "that she can't find beauty IN the most simpliest of things" (not "is"). I was too excited to post my comments, I failed to proofread before I hit "submit"!!!!

************** LOVE this birdbath ************* gailmarie Posted: 10:33 am on June 21st
monakent writes: Your finished piece is truly a work of art!!! I am not much into birdbaths, but THIS makes me want one!!! Everything about this piece is AWESOME. I can't say enough about this piece. As for "that woman" at the sale, I actually feel sorry for her, that she can't see beauty is the most simpliest things. How sad for her, how lucky us junkers are!!! gailmarie Posted: 10:29 am on June 21st
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