White & Green Enamel Porcelain Space Heater Upcycled Bird HouseAugust 2nd, 2011 in member junk
I found this great vintage space heater in an antique shop and just knew it was going to make a great birdhouse. I started with cutting the front circular plate off for the bird hole and gutted out the heating elements. I had an old, used doorknob that I mounted to it for the perch. Then I used a serving tray frame for the circular perimeter perch. The remaining piece of it was used as the awning over the bird hole. An old pair of pickle jar tongs were cut in half and used to decorate the front corners vertically. Then it was time to address the top/roof. I had a vintage kitchen copper finished bowl to start with and then I mounted a stand for a photograph holder (minus the wires) and then put a candelabra candle holder top side up on top of that to finish out the structure of the top. They matched perfectly! Lastly, on top, I added a gold finished leaf broach/pin as an adornment. An old skeleton key numbered "200" was bent and mounted in front below the perch knob. To finish it all out, I made a false floor by cutting out the center of an old brass tray. The nice touch is I then mounted a silverplate bowl inside to cradle the future nest. On the sides the old heater's vents were filled in from inside using galvanized sheets to keep the elements out and drafts. I also used fins from an old vegetable steamer to cover the gas line holes on the sides. They were painted with translucent orange paint.
Here are the measurements...
Height: 18"; Width/Length (side to side): 11"; Depth(front to back): 9".
Pattern or design used: My own design - Brian GadgetSponge
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