My oldest grandson Isaiah was out of school last Friday, so he blessed me by visiting with me for the day. He enjoys painting as much as I do, so we spent the afternoon in the workshop. In one corner, I have a box full of ready-made wooden birdhouses. A friend sold them to me at a bargain price a couple of years ago. She was moving to a new home and did not want to pack them up. I have been saving them for grandma-moments like these.
Isaiah browsed through my collection of wood cut-outs and chose two butterflies to place on each side of the birdhouse. He also picked out a small, wooden heart to go on the front. We started by painting the butterflies before moving onto the birdhouse itself.
I asked Isaiah if he would like for me to teach him how to give the birdhouse a rustic look. He wanted to learn, so we started with the roof. I explained how to paint the roof with two coats of honey brown paint. This was followed by a coat of black paint. He busied himself applying the paint. After all of the layers were dried, I used an electric hand sander to sand away the top layers of paint. This created a wonderful rustic brown and black color.
The sides of the house turned out with an even more interesting color. Isaiah decided on a bright olive green as the two base coat layers. We topped it with the black paint — not really knowing how it would look after it was sanded. To our delight, the colors produced a wonderful rustic green color that makes the birdhouse blend-in with natural surroundings.
Isaiah asked me to write my name on the birdhouse because he wanted to be reminded of the fact that we made it together. Instead, I brought out a little wooden tag and wrote BOTH of our names on it along with the date. We attached this to the perch with a piece of twine. It touched my heart to see how meaningful this project and our time together had been to him.
As for the birdhouse? I truly believe the birds will love it.
Until next week! ~ Susan