At the start of this year, having received a selection of birdhouse, bughotel and butterfly house, we had a motley crew of mismatched birdhouses and bugboxes. One was painted by Master R in bright orange and dark blue... none to beautifully. Three were painted the same colour as the fence panels. And the new three were plain wood with green roofs. I wondered whether to give them all green roofs. Or whether to paint all brown.
But then I had a GENIUS IDEA. Why not paint them bright and beautiful colours and designed, like beach huts?
Oh my gosh, how much do I love them? A whole heap!
It's taken me a while, because I've had to sand some down and it's only worth doing painting in a long evening (a long evening is one during which my children have consented to both fall asleep before 7:30pm) because it involved heaving various cans of paint from the garage and spreading a waterproof mat on the carpet.
But it's been so worth it! All I need to do now is give each a couple of coats of outdoor varnish and hang them back up around the garden! I'm so excited to see them nestled beside the log pile and in the ivy covered fence!
Let me introduce you to each box in turn.
This was the first to be painted. I thought lots of beach huts are vertically striped, so I went with that pattern.
To be honest, I then had to turn to google and find images of beach huts to inspire me, because I couldn't think of any other patterns I'd seen! Horizontal stripes! Of course!
Next I tackled the minibeast hotel.
This one was inspired by an image Mum had spotted online. Sort of gypsy style. I enjoyed that one.
By this point, my creative juices were flowing, and I had the sudden inspiration to do a landscape box!
This one is my hippie style butterfly house. Rachel's idea to do dots around the doors, and I'm really pleased with how cute that looks.
Last to be painted was this one - my spotty purple and green birdhouse:
SOOOO much better than painting them all brown! Tee hee hee!