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Chalky Finish Bird Cage

By: Lolly Jane
May 14, 2014

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Chalky Finish Bird Cage
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I  nabbed this pretty birdcage at a DownEast Home sale a few years ago.  I loved the metal look but have always envisioned painting it.  Then it sat in various locations of my house until I finally decided on a color.  Or rather, three very pretty colors!  You know we can't get enough of DecoArt's Chalky Finish.  We've created several furniture pieces using chalk paint and wanted to see how it would do on metal.  The conclusion?  It covered beautifully.  

Items needed:

  • Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint 8oz - Delicate
  • Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint 8oz - Primitive
  • Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint 8oz - Refreshing
  • Americana Decor Varnishes 8oz - Light Satin
  • Sand paper
  • Painter's tape
  • Foam brushes


Paint the base base of the bird cage Delicate.

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When completely dry, tape off lines and then paint Primitive. Peel up the tape.

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Paint the outside of the birdcage Refreshing.

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Use the sand paper to rough up the cage when it is completely dry.

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That's all there is to it.  If you want to seal it, use DecoArt's Light Satin Finish.  Otherwise, let it distress naturally over time which is what we prefer.  Easy makeover that matches the scheme of our home a little more than plain metal!

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Be sure to visit Lolly Jane  for more projects and to learn more about Lolly Jane.


Hi, my name is Peta and I live on the Gold Coast, Australia. Just discovered DecoArt and am making my way through tutorials and found your bird cage. I bought one similar a few months back, because I have a wrought bird stand and wanted a bird cage to hang a vine inside, for it. Now I know how to transform the cage. I truly appreciate the work involved when sharing ideas and techniques. Thank you.


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