Samco Heater Upcycled Bird House

August 1st, 2011 in member junk     
gadgetsponge Brian Carlisle, contributor
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White porcelain Samco heater (and other parts) - now a birdhouse!
White porcelain Samco heater (and other parts) - now a birdhouse!

White porcelain Samco heater (and other parts) - now a birdhouse!

I was really happy the way this birdhouse turned out. It started with an antique white enamel/porcelain metal gas space heater shell. I then fabricated some metal flashing to cover up the holes on the inside of the grate holes. The awning was created using the front face plate of an antique typewriter with typewriter key arms as supports. the edge is capped in stained glass rigid came. Along the top is a rounded piece from the opening tray of the typewriter and the top bell is made from a part of a copper bell hanger and the actual silver bell from the typewriter. The perch was made from another part of the typewriter that held the paper in place, some copper bands and a bird shaped tart or candy mold. The hole opening side of the birdhouse features part of a typewriter shell as the awning, a cutout piece of a metal trivet, a vintage combo typewriter key for the perch, an old numbered metal tag and a metal bird adornment. On the back end of the birdhouse, I used the base to an old vegetable steamer/strainer. I attached metal mounting brackets at the top of both sides for mounting on a wall or fence. The bottom of the birdhouse has some metal flashing as the floor.

Here are the measurements...
Height: 14"; Width/Length: 14"; Depth: 10".

Pattern or design used: My own design - Brian GadgetSponge
posted in: member junk, vintage, metal, industrial, garden, family room, outdoor spaces, white, house wear, kitchen, porch, living room, chic, sunroom, ceramic, 50s

Comments (9)

periwinkle writes: What a great creation! I'm impressed! Posted: 10:08 am on October 30th
jermsjunk writes: I have one of these and was hoping that as good of shape it's in it would be worth something...Guess it is to a bird
Posted: 1:57 pm on April 1st
Funky_Junk_Donna writes:

Wow... I LOVE this!!


Posted: 11:52 pm on August 7th
gadgetsponge writes: Thanks so much for your compliment! I've really enjoyed creating them and finding a niche. Just trying to get discovered! Haha. Take care, Brian. Posted: 9:27 am on August 5th
RustyDiva writes: I'll condense my comment on all your posts to this one. Amazing projects. I love that you think beyond the typical wood birdhouse. Your creativity and hard work really show in each one. Love them all but my favs are this one, the silver pots and the little space heater one. Thanks for sharing. Posted: 8:47 am on August 5th
CottageElements writes: Another one of my favorite!!

Lani Posted: 12:07 pm on August 2nd
gadgetsponge writes: Thank you both for the kind compliments! Posted: 11:05 am on August 2nd
oldnews writes: These are all absolutely amazing! I can't even pick a favorite! Marie Posted: 8:23 am on August 2nd
junqueartiste writes: This is an amazing project! Kudos!! Posted: 7:23 am on August 2nd
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