Bird Bath Rehab

Have you ever heard the phrase, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”? It should have said “One man’s trash is another WOMAN’S treasure”. This is my latest trash picked rehab project. I am eternally grateful to all those who throw away such awesome trash! Thank you!
This old bird bath looked pretty sad when I pulled it from my neighbor’s trash heap. I don’t blame them for throwing it away. It was ugly. The paint was peeling, it had a crack in the bottom, and it was missing a piece (my guess is it was originally a fountain).  I was undaunted by it’s pathetic condition.

 

The bowl still held water, even though it was cracked. I decided to fill the crack with some waterproof silicone caulk just in case it decided to leak. I found this tube of caulk at Walmart for a couple of dollars.
From the very beginning, I had envisioned this birdbath as a sunflower. I love sunflowers, and plan to have tons of them in my garden this year. They are not up yet, but I will keep you posted on their progress. So, when I found this Sunburst yellow Rustoleum Paint at Home Depot, I knew it was perfect for my garden. I gave the bird bath two coats, I love the glossy finish it has. It’s just the sunflower color I was looking for.
I used black river rocks from Hobby Lobby to give it the look of the sunflower seeds. I should buy a few more of them, but you get the idea.
The glass ball is also from Hobby Lobby, and floats about on the surface of the water. I have heard that birds are attracted to shinny objects. So am I. Who doesn’t love a little bling? We shall see how the birds feel about it.
I was completely seduced by the red Salvia plant when I saw it at the greenhouse. It HAD to come home with me. I and potted it in an old galvanized flower pot that I previously painted black.  I like the variation in color and height that it brings to the bird bath.
I have always wanted a reflecting pool in the garden, this could be it.
Have a great weekend!

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