How to Install a Birdhouse on a Post #DIYCourage

Install a Post Mounted Birdhouse | Pretty Handy Girl

Install a Post Mounted Birdhouse | Pretty Handy Girl

Hey y’all! I’m back with another easy tutorial. This is another #DIYCourage project sponsored by Duluth Trading Co. Do you love birds? Want to add some birdhouses to your property without attaching them to trees? Today I’m going to share a super simply DIY project that will make the birds happy and make you smile. Learn how to install a birdhouse on a post within an hour.

Install a Post Mounted Birdhouse | Pretty Handy Girl

My sons and I love watching the birds come to our kitchen window feeder. We want to make our yard a welcome place for all birds. We wanted to add more birdhouses to the yard by adding a two-story birdhouse. We already have two birdhouses (one that is a little wacky and made with knives), but I’ve always admired the two story birdhouse condos that house eight nests. When I saw one at the Southern Ideal Home Show (with a discounted price tag) I snatched it up.

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Install a Post Mounted Birdhouse | Pretty Handy Girl


Select a location to install your birdhouse. Try to find a spot that will get a decent amount of shade during the day (to keep the birdies from getting too hot.)

Install a Post Mounted Birdhouse | Pretty Handy Girl

Twist the post anchor into the ground. When it becomes difficult to turn, insert the pry bar for added leverage.

Install a Post Mounted Birdhouse | Pretty Handy Girl

Set your 4×4 post into the anchor.

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Wood & Copper Cake Stand

wood cake stand 1

wood cake stand

Hello Pretty Handy Readers – Jaime here today from That’s My Letter to share a diy project that combines two of my favorite materials: wood and copper. I’m sharing how to make this wood and copper cake stand.

This is a fairly simple project that could be tailored to fit your style with paint or stain.  I choose to leave the wood natural, only sealing it with clear polyurethane, because I love the contrast of the wood against the chocolate frosting (and most cakes around our house are made with chocolate frosting!).

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The warm shiny copper is the star of the show here and can easily be found at any hardware store.

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wood cake stand supplies

  • 1×12 pine board scrap @ 10″l
  • 1×8 pine board scrap @ 7 1 /4″l
  • 3/4″ copper piping @ 12″
  • 3/4″ wood dowel @ 12″
  • pipe cutter
  • jigsaw
  • finish nailer & 1 1/4″nails
  • drill & 7/8″ spade bit
  • measuring tape
  • pencil
  • sandpaper
  • clear satin spray polyurethane


Step 1: Use a plate or other 10″ circular object to trace a circle shape onto 1×12 scrap.

wood cake stand step 1

Step 2: Trace both a large circle shape onto the 1×12 and a smaller circle shape onto the 1×8.  Then cut out circles using a jigsaw and sand edges well.  Spray with clear satin polyurethane before assembly.

wood cake stand step 2

Step 3: On the smaller circle draw another even smaller circle (about 4″ in diameter).  Make 3 equidistant holes with 7/8″ spade bit drilling only partially down into wood.

wood cake stand step 3

Step 4: Cut copper using pipe cutter into 4″ lengths.  Cut wood dowel to 4″ lengths and shove inside copper pipe.

wood cake stand step 4

Step 5: Place copper & wood sections into pre-drilled holes in smaller wood circle.  You can use some glue here. I chose to secure with a finish nail from the bottom as well.  Now center the larger wood circle on top and trace the copper pipes with a pencil.  Pre-drill holes into the underside of the top larger wood circle and attach the top (use glue if desired).

wood cake stand step 5

My copper pipes are very snug in the holes but I did use a little glue to be sure the wood doesn’t come off.

wood cake stand step 6

Maybe your next party needs a simple cake stand?  Good luck with all your diy projects.

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Painted Chandelier Sleeves

Painted Chandelier Sleeves | Pretty Handy Girl

Painted Chandelier Sleeves | Pretty Handy Girl

When you were perusing my holiday tablescape post did you see my fancy copper chandelier sleeves? My chandelier was looking a bit dingy with the aged yellowing sleeves. I decided to spray paint them copper for a new look.

To update chandelier sleeves, you can paint them any color you like.

Simply remove the light bulbs.

Painted Chandelier Sleeves | Pretty Handy Girl

Lift the sleeves off.

Painted Chandelier Sleeves | Pretty Handy Girl

Wash the sleeves off and dry them.

Painted Chandelier Sleeves | Pretty Handy Girl

Then pick your favorite spray paint color and spray paint them. I used Rust-Oleum High Heat Ultra Enamel Spray – Aged Copper to paint mine.

Painted Chandelier Sleeves | Pretty Handy Girl

That update was so easy, I might spray paint them again in a year. I’m thinking light blue or silver next time. What do you think?


DIY Metallic Color Blocked Canisters

Metallic Color Block Canisters | Pretty Handy Girl

Metallic Color Block Canisters | Pretty Handy Girl

I’m back with another easy Lowe’s Creative Idea this month. When you get tired of your cobalt blue canisters you can easily spray paint them with a metallic color block pattern. That’s exactly what I decided to do with my thrift store canisters.

I’ve been on a major mission to purge things I no longer use or love from my house. I have almost completely filled our dining room with things to donate. I had contemplated donating my cobalt kitchen canisters because the color wasn’t making me happy anymore. But, then I realized that I could give them an entirely new look with some spray paint.



Remove the lids, the metal ring, and spoons from your canisters.

Metallic Color Block Canisters | Pretty Handy Girl
(Wood plank photo backdrop courtesy of Leen the Graphics Queen.)

Use a sanding block to lightly rough up the surface of the canisters. Wipe all the sanding dust off with a damp rag.

Metallic Color Block Canisters | Pretty Handy Girl

Spray the outside and base of the canisters with Valspar Premium Primer. [Read more…]

DIY Button Pendant Light {#LowesCreator Idea}

DIY Button Pendant Light | Pretty Handy Girl

DIY Button Pendant Light |Pretty Handy Girl

While I was house touring on Tybee Island and having  fun antique and salvage shopping in Savannah, I spied some bare lamp shade frame hanging lights. They immediately inspired me to design a DIY Button Pendant Light for over my bedside table in our master bedroom. Part of the desire was born out of the necessity to have more space on my bedside because the table actually doubles as my makeup vanity.

DIY Button Pendant Light | Pretty Handy Girl

Making a Button Pendant Light is an easy DIY project, but you’ll need some patience while threading the buttons. I’ll also show you how to wire a lamp socket and lamp plug! Ready to get started?


DIY Button Pendant Light |Pretty Handy Girl


Instructions: [Read more…]

Upcycled Plant Cart Saved from “Above the Rim”

Upcycled Metal Rolling Cart Plant Stand | Pretty Handy Girl

Upcycled Metal Rolling Cart Plant Stand | Pretty Handy Girl

This past summer I spied a metal cart in a dumpster. To be frank, I have never truly actually participated in dumpster diving. The thought of actually climbing inside a dumpster has never been on my acceptable things to do list. But, this metal bar cart was floating on top of the trash pile. It was (to quote a Seinfeld episode) above the rim! And it was begging to be upcycled into a beautiful plant cart.

So, I convinced myself it was okay and wasn’t officially dumpster diving. Feel free to debate this fact in the comment section.

I brought it home and knew I could do a quick makeover with some spray paint. But, first it needed a good cleaning and some prep work. The tops of the shelves were very rusty:

Upcycled Metal Rolling Cart Plant Stand | Pretty Handy Girl

And the undersides were filthy. But, the end product was worth it! Here is how to upcycle your own little metal rusty bar cart into a beautiful plant stand!


Upcycled Metal Rolling Cart Plant Stand | Pretty Handy Girl

  • 1 Discarded rusty bar cart (rescued from above the rim)
  • Socket set
  • Hammer for coaxing rusty bolts loose
  • Can of Rustoleum Heirloom White spray paint
  • Can of Krylon Copper Spray paint
  • Sander/sanding block
  • Fine grit sand paper
  • Wire brush
  • Rag and/or damp wipes
  • Painter’s tape
  • Drop cloth
  • Scraps of wood to elevate while painting
  • Optional: Drill


Loosen corner bolts with a socket wrench or drill and socket bit. Hammer out any that are too rusty to budge. [Read more…]

How to Make Farmhouse Style Metal Pendant Light


I admit it, I believe in UFOs. I’ve seen them, honestly! I even captured a picture of two of them, see:

Yup, we have two UFOs that are frequently seen in our kitchen. Why did I purchase and install them when we first moved in? I’ll never know. Don’t get me wrong, they aren’t horrible, but they just don’t go with the casual country vibe I want in my kitchen. [Read more…]

Copper – A Little Bling-Giddy Bling Bling on da How-wow-wowzz


It’s DJ P-Diddy Handy Gee in da Howzz today!

Yo, yo, you, listen up! I have a rhyme for you. Give me da beat boyz:

There was a little roof called Barn-ey, oh yeah…
and he was too purple and greeney, oh no…
So, he got the yank and hit the curb-ey, yeah yeah
In its place is some shiney de-light woot woot!

Yes, I can rap with the best of them! Don’t you think?  Oh alright, I’ll stick to my day job.

When I left you last week, I was trying to decide what type of roofing to use on the little side entrance roof.

Many of you were onboard with the copper idea. If that was you, you’ll be happy to see that I decided the same thing.

I did want to show you one more picture I took at the Southern Ideal Home Show before we move on. Look at this adorable dutch colonial with all the copper roof accents. Gorgeous, right?!

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When I saw that photo, I pretty much made up my mind that we needed to have a little copper roof on our home. I got a few quotes from some local companies, but ultimately decided to use The Aluminum Company of North Carolina. We’ve used them before to install gutters and gutter helmets on our house. (Which we are super happy with! No more tree debris filled gutters on our home.)

We’ve always been pleased with the Aluminum Company’s workmanship and their customer service is top notch!

Last year after we had a new gutter installed, we discovered some new wood rot over our front door (a recurring theme on our house.) I had a question about how the gutter helmets were installed and if water could be leaking behind them. I called the Aluminum Company and within 24 hours they sent out their inspector to double check the workmanship. Not only did he come out and was super polite, but he took an hour to take apart some of the gutter to show me the hidden flashing behind the shingles. Then he took a hose and painstakingly ran water on top of the gutters and then each dormer until we narrowed down that the leak was coming from our middle dormer window.  When the roofing was installed (before we lived in the house) there wasn’t enough flashing put around the dormers. But, the new gutter and gutter helmets were working perfectly. I don’t have to tell you that this was above and beyond the call of duty.

Back to the present day. Within a few days of getting an “over the phone quote” for the copper roof, this smiling young man, Joe Nemeth (no relation to the football player) showed up to take some measurements for the job and get an exact estimate for me.

As you can tell from his truck, they do a lot more than gutters and copper roofs. (Windows, siding, doors, shingles, and a whole lot more!)

Next, I received a phone call from the scheduler who gave me some options for a date to install the roof. I love that they give you options and a definite time. (Ahem! Local Cable Company, please take note: The Aluminum Company gave me options for an exact date and time, not some crazy 4-8 hour window on a day that you chose, not me!)

A day before the work was scheduled, a big 18-wheeler rolled down our street and left all the materials for the job. The next morning, bright and early, this kind gentleman (my apologies for forgetting his name) showed up on time to start constructing the copper roof.

He took exact measurements and cut the copper with tin snips. Then he used a metal break to create the folds in the copper for the standing seams.

Each section is installed and the seams are fitted together so there are no exposed screws or fasteners. Really sleek, right?!

I also learned that a copper roof is very energy efficient because it reflects the suns rays. Whew, let me tell you when I climbed up the ladder to get a closer look I felt the heat reflecting off the copper. It was enough to roast a marshmallow on top of my head! Plus, the copper should last a long, long, long time. Which means, there is no waste going to the landfill after 15-20 years like an asphalt shingle roof. That makes me happy.

Within a few more days the Aluminum Company sent their gutter guys out to install the short run of gutter and connect it to the existing downspout on the front of the house.

Those guys were really great!

They put up with a lot of my questions and even a last minute decision to change the downspout from white to black so it would blend in with the roof.

{Squeeall!} I’m super excited by the little bit o’ bling that adorns our home now. I find myself rubbernecking as I drive away to do the kids to school shuttle every morning.

What do you think? Did you doubt my choice to use copper? If so, do you like it now? Or do you think I’m crazy? (This is definitely debatable, ask my husband.)

Granted, that bar wasn’t set too high when it came to improving upon the purple awning.

In the meantime, I’m going to sit back and enjoy the show as the copper mellows from that shiny color to a warm brown and maybe one day if we’re lucky a pretty patina!

Modified from ColourLovers user: Koala988

I’ve heard all kinds of stories about how to patina your roof. The installer said he heard if you put ketchup on it, it will speed the aging process. I’m sure my neighbors would definitely call the state mental hospital if they saw me up on a ladder slathering Heinz 57 on our new roof. I think I’ll just leave it for now. Because this looks 300 times better…

than this…

Side note: I actually had a conversation with the birdhouse manufacturers at the Southern Ideal Home Show to find out how they patina their birdhouses.

Birdhouses by Tim Chorba (919)664-8383

I was told they order a special chemical that speeds the patina process from Triple-S Chemical in California. Hmmmm, that has me thinking.

Until next time.

aka DJ P-Diddy Handy Gee
(my apologies to Busta Rhymes for copying his look for today’s post.)

Disclosure: I offered to write this post and mention the Aluminum Company in exchange for a discount on our roof. They had no idea what I was going to say about them. But, I knew it wouldn’t be hard to say good things about the company because we’ve used them before and I’ve always been happy. I would never recommend a company to my readers that I didn’t like myself. One thing that I really value is that the owner, Jeff Monsein, stands behind every job his company does. He even gives out his personal cell phone number for customers to call if they are unhappy! How many CEOs do you know that will do that?