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Rustic bird house

Create this rustic bird house from reclaimed timber and finish it off with a trio of colours from the Resene Waterborne Woodsman range.

How to build a rustic birdhouse

Ways with wood with Mark Rayner - Project 84

Difficulty level: Moderate

You will need:

To get the look: Mark painted the background shed wall with Resene Lumbersider tinted to Resene Soft Apple.

Other ideas: The bird house could also be painted with a selection of Resene testpot colours – just ensure you prime it first with Resene Quick Dry.

Step 1
Step one
Measure, mark and cut the pieces of timber to the dimensions listed above and smooth any rough edges with sandpaper.
Step 2
Step two
Fix the two side walls, floor and front wall together, as shown, using 40mm nails.
Step 3
Step three
Fix the back wall into position using 40mm nails.
Step 4
Step four
Fix the roof into position using 40mm nails.
Step 5
Step five
Drill a 100mm hole in the back of the bird house (for maintenance access) and a 40mm entrance hole in the front wall. Drill two 10mm hanging holes in the top of the back wall, as shown.
Step 6
Step six
Apply two coats of Resene Silvered Grey to the walls of the bird house, allowing two hours for each coat to dry.
Step 7
Step seven
Apply two coats of Resene Pickled Bluewood to the floor of the bird house, allowing two hours for each coat to dry.
Step 8
Step eight
Apply two coats of Resene Skywalker to the roof of the bird house, allowing two hours for each coat to dry.

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