Painted Houses Shelf Tutorial

A row of pretty painted houses make a cute, colorful shelf!  This tutorial will walk you through some painting techniques for creating your own little village of houses.  

colorful birdhouse shelf

As most crafters do, I spend a lot of time perusing the craft stores, and over the past year I have accumulated quite a stash of small unpainted birdhouses.  I collect things with the plan of someday coming up with a craft, and it just so happens that I finally figured out what to do with that birdhouse collection!  I made a painted house shelf!

For this project I used:

(5 ea) 3″ wide unfinished birdhouses
One 15″ long unfinished CD crate
Acrylic Paint in: Lime green, Orange, Teal, Lilac, and Bright Pink
Krylon clear acrylic sealant (matte finish)
Assorted stick-on stencils

colorful birdhouse shelf

One of my favorite painting techniques is to use a small selection of paint colors to coordinate multiple items; making them one.  In this case, we are going to use the same five colors on all five birdhouses.  The end result will be coordinating painted houses!  I selected lime green, orange, teal, bright lilac and bright pink.

colorful birdhouse shelf

I began by painting each house one of the five colors.

colorful birdhouse shelf

I then added details to each house.  I used stripes, polka dots, plaids; basically whatever came to mind.  The object of the game is to leave enough of the base color so that each house looks a bit different; but also be sure to include all five colors in each house so that they go together!

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Been in the stencil section lately of your local craft store?  Such a variety!  And I located some adhesive stencils that would be perfect for this project!  Simply adhere the stencil to your project and paint the colors on.  Peel the stencil off, and there you have it!  Stencils like this can be used over and over again for cool effects.

colorful birdhouse shelf

Each house gets its own little personality.

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For a shelf, I located an unfinished CD crate at the craft store for $5.00.  I chose the teal to paint it with so that it would match my painted houses.

colorful birdhouse shelf

I used hot glue to glue my houses down in a row on the top of my shelf, butting them up against each other to create a miniature village of painted houses!  The finishing touch was to add a couple pinwheel picks that I found in the scrapbooking section of the store.

birdhouse shelf

I just love the colors in this project!  I plan on using my shelf to hold folded kitchen towels.  It should brighten my kitchen up just in time for spring!

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  • Esther Carr May 5, 2013, 7:43 pm

    I was surfing and found your website with all these gorgeous birdhouses. I have been painting them for many years, but for some reason, everyone likes them as a gift rather than buying. I would like to try some of your ideas and see what happens. Thank you so much for sharing, and God bless.

  • Kari Beneck April 15, 2013, 4:41 pm

    Too cute! I love these colorful little houses and shelf.

  • Sunny C April 14, 2013, 12:59 am

    Hey Susan; I Love what you have done with these houses!!! They are Beautiful!
    You always show such Gorgous things on your Blog, that is why I enjoy it so much!! You give me the best ideas of things to create, or things to try. Thank-You!!! 🙂

    • Susan Myers April 14, 2013, 9:22 am

      Thanks, Sunny! And thank you for the kind words! I had fun with this one. I really love color, as you can probably tell. Ha!


  • Paula April 13, 2013, 2:33 pm

    there beautiful, I really love how you decorated the houses !!!

    • Susan Myers April 14, 2013, 9:32 am

      Thanks, Paula! Can you tell I love a little color! Ha!

  • norene April 12, 2013, 7:47 pm

    That was a great idea with the birdhouses. They are very pretty.

  • tina April 12, 2013, 1:51 pm

    they are so adorable

  • deb April 12, 2013, 12:41 pm

    Suzy i LOVE this project!!! And i had to laugh….i do the same thing…..Walk thru craft stores picking up this an that not entirely sure WHAT i will do with it but i know i love it and i know my brain will eventually come up with something……nevermind i might sit on my shelves for a few years …..i WILL eventually use it…..I say this as i drown under all my supplies waiting to be used. LOL! I have years of projects waiting for me……Love this idea girlfriend……..the colors are not speaking to me but the IDEA speaks my language! Hugs! deb

    • Susan Myers April 12, 2013, 12:51 pm

      I would love to see your version, Deb! You have an eye for color. I’m betting that you come up with something amazing.

      Thanks for the kind words! Now go dig through your collection of stuff and find something to paint! Ha!

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