I love a great repurpose project. I also love a quick and simple project. This one is both. An unused ceiling fan light fixture makes a perfect bird feeder.
Remember that fountain project that never really materialized? well, half of it ended up in the yard anyway, and the other half was buried in the bottom of a massive plastic pot and poked into the garden shed.
Until this past Monday when we decided we should do some more unpacking and organizing from our move from (ahem) nearly six months ago…
Yes, we spent Labor Day working. We’re lots of fun that way.
It was really good though because the whole family got involved and we actually got a lot of work done. And work is inspiring – especially when you find a piece you had set aside and then forgot about.
Toss or Repurpose? Um…Repurpose!
Long before we moved, we had to replace a ceiling fan that had a bad motor. The fixture was just fine though – and one that I particularly loved – so I rescued it from the rest of the discards and set it aside with plans to build a fountain for the garden.
Of course, those plans never happened and it got forgotten, then packed away, and has spent the last few months out of sight and out of mind – until Monday.
Since the fountain was no longer an option, I had to come up with a new plan for the light fixture and this simple bird feeder was born.
All it needed was a little caulk in the mounting hole and it was ready to go to work.
Light Fixture Bird Feeder
Of course, I had to give the frame a couple of coats of Rust-Oleum. This was my first try with a hammered finish and I love it.
The only supplies I needed was a decorative chain and some S hooks.
I gave the S hooks a dash of paint too and it was ready to hang and fill.
The best part is that I can see it right from the kitchen window.
Now I just have to wait for the birds. 🙂
Repurposed projects are so much fun, don’t you think? I can still admire that favorite fixture and I doubt there’s another one exactly like it.
Unique, simple, and fun – my kind of project!
If you don’t happen to have a ceiling fan light fixture lying around, check your local thrift stores and yard sales. You never know what you’ll find!
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