131 weeks and 5 days | How to make a beach hut birdhouse

Back in July I was asked to take part in a little upcycling competition, entitled make a house a home, with Ocean Finance.

You know me — any excuse to get the paints out — there’s nothing I like more than giving something a face-lift.

In the past I’ve given a boring old chest of drawers a makeover, as well as giving a little shoe-rack a new lease of life and turning it into a bench-seat.

So of course I agreed!

Roll on a few months — with just a couple of days to spare — I finally got around to making a start (time management is definitely not one of my strong points since having the twins).

To complete the task, I was sent a sweet little wooden birdhouse plus a £25 Buddly Crafts voucher to buy any supplies I might need, to turn it into something special.

It was a bit of a plain Jane. And also quite lonely looking.

Making a beach hut birdhouse
Exhibit A — A lonely little birdhouse

So what’s a girl to do with a lonely little birdhouse?

Make things a little more sociable and add a couple of others to keep it company of course!

I decided to turn my bird house in to a row of beach huts.

How to make a beach hut birdhouse

Making a beach hut birdhouse
Take three little wooded birdhouses

We went to Brighton recently and saw lots of lovely beach-huts at the sea-front and it gave me the inspiration to paint the birdhouses in a similar way.

With my voucher, I ordered a couple more birdhouses and two pots of chalkpaint. I’d already got half a pot of Annie Sloan’s Old White chalkpaint — from the chest of drawers upcycle — so chose Vintage Green from Americana Decor and a mauve chalky vintage look paint from Viva Decor.

Chalkpaint is fab for outdoor items.

Making a beach hut birdhouse
Chalkpaint to decorate

In order to make the birdhouses butt up together, I had to saw off the overhanging roof and base either side of the middle house and the left and the right of the edges of the outside boxes.

My GCSE woodworking skills came into play and it was a fairly simple task to do this ;)

Making a beach hut birdhouse
Utilising those GCSE woodworking skills! ;)
Making a beach hut birdhouse
Sawing off the excess
Making a beach hut birdhouse
Less birdhouse — more beachhut

Next, I stuck the three houses together using a glue gun, then filled any gaps with woodfiller. When it was dry I sanded it down, then gave it a coat of white chalkpaint.

Making a beach hut birdhouse
I glued the pieces together with a glue-gun
Making a beach hut birdhouse
First coat of paint

When the first coat was dry I painted the designs using the coloured chalkpaint.

If I’m 100% honest, the coverage on the green was much, much better than the mauve. The paint seemed to contain a lot more pigment and the finish was much smoother and not as patchy.

And here is the house after painting.

painted

Definitely an improvement. I like to think of it as social housing, although my boy pointed out that some garden birds are fairly territorial and probably won’t appreciate my efforts.

Neither would they appreciate my final addition — some tiny bunting! This is purely for decorative purposes as it’s made from paper and string. Plus, I don’t think the birds will be able to get in the doors — let alone appreciate it — but I thought it looked very sweet!

bunting

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So there we have it. A coastal inspired beach-hut bird house.

I hope you enjoyed this up-cycling project as much as I did!

final_low

I thought it would be quite a fun thing to film the bird house being transformed but, annoyingly, didn’t really manage to capture any of the final stages, as I spread the project over two days and it rained on the second day.

All day.

Also, my boy filmed the sawing part and forgot to turn the phone to landscape so, once again, we’re blighted by the irksome black lines either side of the frame.  Never-mind. Live and learn.

In future I must remember to leave myself more time and not do things at the last minute!!

Many thanks to Ocean for asking me to take part in this competition and a big thank you to Buddly Crafts for providing a fab range of crafty supplies.

This post is my entry into the Ocean Make A House A Home competition. I was gifted one wooden birdhouse and a £25 voucher for Buddly Crafts in order to take part.

About Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

146 thoughts on “131 weeks and 5 days | How to make a beach hut birdhouse

  1. These look so cool. My little girl just won a wooden birdhouse kit so maybe we’ll copy you and give it a beach feel! I hope you win :) #twinklytuesday

  2. They look great! I love craft activities but I’ve never really worked with wood (I think techie at school is to blame). This sort of thing would be a good starting place.

    Thanks for hosting #AnythingGoes

  3. I love this Caro!! You are so talented!! I’m really bad with these things !! I would love to have that skill. Thanks God my husband has that skill so he can do nice things with the girls!! Thanks so much for sharing and hosting, :-) xx
    #TwinklyTuesday

  4. these look so awesome!! I’m totally obsessed with birdhouses. We have a much coveted Tamar Mogendorff fabric birdhouse and I would have a dozen more on the wall, but they’re so so dear. Maybe I can do this instead? The bunting is such a cute little addition!! #TwinklyTuesday

  5. I absolutely love this! Living by the sea it would look perfect in my garden. Can’t beat a bit of up cycling, I don’t have much time anymore but I have lots of pieces in my house which have been splashed with a bit of Annie Sloane #twinklyTuesdays

  6. Oh my god! I LOVE these! They are so cute!!! I think this is going into the archive ready to do in the spring! Good luck in the competition lovely! xx

  7. Ooh I love these! They look fab! I wouldn’t have realised that chalk paint worked outside – good to know. For some reason I always thought it was like F&B emulsion… I’m obviously very wrong! #twinklytuesday

  8. Wow they look super cute and such a great idea to stick three together would have never thought of that. We have a single bird house but this looks fab so think I may have a go at this somewhen (i’m like you any excuse to get the paint out here) and the mini bunting is just adorable!! x
    Popping by from #twinklytuesday :)

  9. These are so cute! We have a few birds in our garden (the most territorial ones, inevitably!) after I finally got round to putting up a squirrel proof bird feeder – I don’t have any woodworking skills at all, but this would definitely tempt me to try. #twinklytuesday

  10. They turned out fabulous! I love the beach hut look & the colors you choose are perfection. Some very trendy birds will be delighted to move in there! Thanks so much for hosting #TwinklyTuesday & best of luck in the upcycling competition x

  11. Very pretty. I love the bunting. I am not creative at all and wouldn’t have had a clue what to do with a birdhouse. Great idea turning them into little beach huts.

    Visiting from your linky #twinklytuesdays Thanks for hosting :-)

  12. I’m in awe! That’s just amazing project and it looks so stylish and fun to do!
    Your comment about not leaving things to the last minute sounds like most mums I know!
    #TwinklyTuesday

  13. These are just beautiful, I love beach huts! We recently discovered chalk paint and have gone a bit mad with up cycling some wood furniture round the home. This is definitely something I’d love to try, maybe in the spring. X MMT #twinklytuesday

  14. Wow! That is such a lovely birdhouse beach house! What a lovely artefact this would be in the garden. Thank you for showing us how :)

  15. Wow! Great idea and so effective, and the cute bunting just finishes it off so nicely! I may have one or two chalk paint projects that need doing, it’s just such a simple way to makeover anything. I haven’t heard of Buddly Crafts, so will have to have a peek later as I love anything crafty! Good luck in the competition too! #TwinklyTuesday

  16. This is gorgeous! I love the coastal theme and have lots of beach huts, lighthouses and starfish in my houes (sadly I didn’t make them though!) #TwinklyTuesday

  17. Absolutely love this – I’d be in total heaven being given a blank wooden box like this. I have a little wood burning pen and any excuse I can find to use it I will!! Really wouldn’t have thought of doing beach huts but they look fab and would be very popular in a shop im sure X #twinklytuesday

  18. What a lovely project. I’d love to have a birdhouse (or several) in the garden, but unfortunately so would our cat, and I’m not sure the birds would appreciate it. They need a matching beach/birdbath to go with their huts. ;) #TwinklyTuesday

    1. Aaah! We’ve got three cats!! We’ve got Bengals — but one of them is a baby and is being kept in — the other is more intersted in tormenting the dog over the road and our oldest cat is a mouse fiend. The birds have been fairly lucky over recent years!! I hope it stays that way! x

  19. Oh my god I love this! I really need to get some chalk paint. I love all of the colours and you can uplift anything with it can’t you. These are so sweet. Lucky, lucky birds! xx #twinklytuesday

  20. So cute and very creative, what a great idea! I would have never thought about doing that. We inherited some rather dull and boring bird feeders when we bought our house. I’d love to have something more visually interesting and attractive so thanks for sharing your creative ideas :-) #TwinklyTuesday

  21. How could any bird resist such a palace! I like the idea of the birds on their perches all twittering to one another, courtesy of Caro! Love the video – you are such a crafty so and so and the sound track is PERFECT! I love that song! #twinklytuesday

  22. Fab job! These look super cute! My mummy did GCSE CDT which is like woodworking and might try her hand to up-cycle something. You have inspired her! #TwinklyTuesday x

  23. Haven’t they turned out cute? Where do you get the ideas?
    Why do men always leave it till too late to make their comments on projects? Still, i’m sure that a few birds will be attracted it.
    #twinklytuesday

    1. Haha!! I KNOW!! Although — hey — if the birds don’t all want to live in it, tough! It will look pretty in the garden! Re ideas — I can just visualise things well, I guess. Comes from years of designing for a living xx

    1. Aaah thanks so much pet!! I really enjoyed this project. It’s SO nice being able to blog about this kind of stuff!! I used to do things and not have anywhere to put the photos — now I have somewhere to keep a record, which is lovely :)

  24. Love these, we use to live in Brighton and they would have looked fab in our little garden! If I can figure out where to put them I may try a similar project next spring! I discovered chalk paint for the first time at the handmade fair the weekend just gone, looks amazing stuff and have a lot of projects buzzing around in my head now! Thank you for hosting #TwinklyTuesday xx

  25. Great transformation indeed! I really like that bird house. Very creatively made indeed! I can’t wait to make something very similar for my daughter as well. Birds really likes to stay on this type of nests.

  26. wow!! the idea is great.. I like how you make it look so easy specially on the video, I wonder how it will turned out with birds on it.. or maybe a great display on the garden

    thanks for sharing!!

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