You can use that vintage birdcage in grandma's basement for a hanging focal point. I bought this birdcage at an auction for $10. It's made of bamboo with a wire hook, and it was originally painted an orange-red color.
I knew it wouldn't go with my decor very well. I bought some metallic gold acrylic spray paint, and that did the trick. It gave it a nice sheen and reflective shimmer. It still had the perch that goes from side to side that the bird sits on.
I thought this would look even better with a "bird" inside. I didn't have a real bird, but I did have a broken hummingbird figurine ornament that I was going to throw away. I attached it to the top of the cage with a fishing line and positioned it right over the perch.
Well, this was looking rather good. I needed a bird dish so I borrowed one from my neighbor. It's a chinese delft design painted in blue and white.
My hubby added a chain to the hook and the other end to the ceiling and now I have a very nice display that hangs over my dry sink. Everyone who sees it thinks there's a real bird in it, until they get closer and see that he doesn't move around, lol.
Dress up your porch or patio this summer and add a touch of whimsy. You can find realistic clip-on bird figurines like these online or in your craft store. You can dress up the cage even more by attaching ribbon, adding a small houseplant, or adding peatmoss to the bottom of the cage. Be creative.