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Rick the “Brick” is in the house! Yep…my very handsome husband stepped up to the plate this week and is taking over for me. It’s kind of mischievous of me though, don’t you think? I mean…Father’s Day is Sunday and here he is doing the work. Poor guy deserves a break, don’t ya think? Well, don’t you worry. We are a team, and I did help a little. Very little actually 😉. Welcome to this month’s very special edition of the Thrifty Style Team where the men are taking over!! How fun is that? Just so you know, you can see all 13 DIY Dad projects at the end of this post. Until then, let’s look at Richard’s “Patriotic Birdhouse Makeover”…

This DIY Thrifty Patriotic Bird House Makeover is so cute and such a great idea for an old faded birdhouse.

Maybe you remember when Rick was given the name “Rick the Brick” back when he made that brick wall in our kitchen? If not, here’s a flash back: DIY BRICK BACKSPLASH WALL.

This DIY Thrifty Patriotic Bird House Makeover is so cute and such a great idea for an old faded birdhouse.

Well, Rick didn’t stop there. He’s done quite a few DIY projects around here and he is quite talented. In fact, this blog wouldn’t be the quality blog that it is without him. So, big kudos to Rick the Brick. You can also see more of his work below.

Let’s move on to Rick’s “Patriotic Birdhouse Makeover”, shall we? Here birdie, birdie 🐥.

This DIY Thrifty Patriotic Bird House Makeover is so cute and such a great idea for an old faded birdhouse.

This is what the birdie shack, I mean birdhouse house looked like BEFORE Rick fixed it up. I was actually getting ready to whip it into the pond behind our house. Maybe some fish could live in there?

This DIY Thrifty Patriotic Bird House Makeover is so cute and such a great idea for an old faded birdhouse.

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Then this Thrifty Style Team Father’s Day Edition came up, and Rick had to find something to fix up. Sorry little fishies.

Take it away, Richard…

Well as you can see from Julie’s photo, this poor bird house was a mess. The paint was cracking and peeling all over. Underneath the first layer of paint, the first coat on the roof had turned a putty consistency in some spots and was a complete disaster. I knew we had to start from scratch, so I grabbed my palm sander and some 80 grit sand paper (wearing a face mask) of course, and began to sand the roof down to remove all the paint I could.

This DIY Thrifty Patriotic Bird House Makeover is so cute and such a great idea for an old faded birdhouse.

In those hard to reach sections I grabbed my chisel and scraped away the remaining paint. The remainder of the birdhouse received a full-house sanding treatment to remove as much of the old paint as I could, leaving a fairly smooth surface.

This DIY Thrifty Patriotic Bird House Makeover is so cute and such a great idea for an old faded birdhouse.

After sanding and scraping off the excess paint it was time to get down to business. First, I removed all the excess dust and material from the outside of the house and began the painting process. For paint, and staying with our thrifty theme, we searched our basement for leftover exterior paint. We found exactly what we needed to paint this baby up right.

I began with the blue paint for the roof. We used a wide angle artist brush we had laying around, which worked perfectly. Once I finished the blue roof, I moved onto the body of the of the birdhouse with white paint before finishing the bottom, and underneath with the red.

This DIY Thrifty Patriotic Bird House Makeover is so cute and such a great idea for an old faded birdhouse.

After letting the birdhouse dry, I repeated the process giving everything a second coat. We wanted to make sure this lady was sealed up right to withstand the Michigan outdoors. The last step in the process was adding the stars with the help of a hand-made stencil Julie made from a piece of plastic we had lying around. I started with white stars on the roof and the finished with blue stars on the bottom of the body of the birdhouse. Using a drill bit, I drilled a hole by the entrance and Julie and I added a toothpick flag to finish the project. That was it! The Patriotic Birdhouse Makeover is now complete and hanging on our side porch awaiting new residents.

This DIY Thrifty Patriotic Bird House Makeover is so cute and such a great idea for an old faded birdhouse.
This DIY Thrifty Patriotic Bird House Makeover is so cute and such a great idea for an old faded birdhouse.

I know, Rick is pretty awesome. He’s the best Dad, husband, and person I know. Not kidding. I hope you enjoyed this fun little Father’s Day adventure, and here’s one more photo with the Patriotic Christmas Tree in the background.

I invite you to check out the rest of the links below!

This DIY Thrifty Patriotic Bird House Makeover is so cute and such a great idea for an old faded birdhouse.
This DIY Thrifty Patriotic Bird House Makeover is so cute and such a great idea for an old faded birdhouse.

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This DIY Thrifty Patriotic Bird House Makeover is so cute and such a great idea for an old faded birdhouse.

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19 Responses

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  2. Great job Rick! So glad the birdhouse was saved from the pond LOL. Love the patriotic theme and the makeover is fabulous!

  3. Cindy says:

    What a sweet little project! Great save Rick!

  4. Bliss says:

    Well Rick the Brick I salute you. And I should have thought to also have Brawn WRITE the post as further torture after making and taking pictures. Ah ha ha ha ha ha…. next year.

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  6. Jacque says:

    Rick did a great job on this little bird house! The mini flag is the perfect touch. Well done sir!

  7. I love this birdhouse transformation! Nicely done, Rick! I hope you get to relax this weekend and enjoy all of your handy work! <3 Happy Father's Day!

  8. Jane says:

    I absolutely love Rick’s patriotic birdhouse! It looks so pretty hanging on the hook, and the toothpick flag is the icing on the cake! Great job!

  9. Dad says:

    You did good and he is a keeper, love to all, Dad in NY.

  10. Rick did a great job on the birdhouse. I especially love the addition of the flag! Well done!

  11. Courtenay says:

    Such a cute idea! We need a fun birdhouse for our backyard now, I think. I especially loved Rick’s “I love DIY shirt!” So funny! 🙂

  12. Kaycee says:

    Nice to meet you Mr. Brick, I mean Rick! I am impressed, that you took on a flip house for your debut here! Wow, did you ever knock this flip outta the oak trees man! Just look at everything you tackled, a new roof, full exterior new paint, complete with designer accents, a high end flag pole installation, and best of all, this home is now hanging in the highly sought after Shepard’s Hook community, , , WOWZERS! I know this new home will ruffle some tail feathers in the community! Good luck with the open house!

    Watch out Julie, you’ve got some competition here! I love it Rick!!

    • Julie says:

      OMG…probably the funniest and most clever comment I have ever read! You are something… Thanks for the laugh Kaycee my friend!

  13. robert urtel says:

    you did good.

  14. Barbara Warner says:

    Rick the Brick did justice to that renovated bird house. Any bluebird or wren would love to nest in there. I love the patriotic theme. Well done!

  15. Bette says:

    Hi Julie:
    Cutest thing I’ve seen for a long time, congratulate Rick, so clever.
    Years back my husband made us a birdhouse and we called it the Querin (our last name) Hotel.You could name yours the Fiato Hotel. We had so many birds and went through at least a big bag of feed every month. We so enjoyed it, as I’m sure you will too. I might have a picture, if I find it I’ll send it to you.
    Happy Father’s Day to your sweetie.

    Cheers, Bette

    • Julie says:

      What a fun idea, Bette! I never thought to bird seed in it, lol! What the heck is wrong with me? I was thinking the bird would get his own food, lol

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