Use IT ? or Lose it?
I have these two “poles” in my yard. My first thought with both of these items was to have someone come out, attach a chain to the back of their truck and the other to the poles and shazam! Ugly poles gone! Although I was fighting with myself to use them because of their Vintage quirkiness, especially the clothesline pole!
What would you do? Use em or lose em?
Pole #1 was a Bird House Pole. Why not keep A bird house pole you ask? Well…I’ll tell you. While I love, Love, Love, birds and birdhouses, My experience with them has been that they become wasps nests, chasing the nesting birds out. Bad wasps! also, my neighbor has one just like it and the squirrels have turned it into a mini storage for their nuts. Most importantly is they need to be cleaned out every season and while they are perched overhead they can drop little bombs on you! Who wants that? Not me! This birdhouse pole was in a horrific mess! even if I did not use it, I needed to at least paint it. Then it struck me how I could make the pole an asset, rather than an eyesore.
A Patriotic Gesture
My husband is very patriotic and is always trying to put A flag on the house. The roof edging catches the edge of the flags. They tear and fray easily and quickly and they are in no way inexpensive. I have been telling him for years to “just get A flagpole”, but nooooo…… to expensive.
I thought; “why not turn the bird pole into A flag pole?
So we did!
First thing we had to do was to scrape all the peeling paint and rust off . Then we primed and painted it. white, of course!
Then my husband cut off the “perch plate”.
Then he added a couple of “do dads”, yes, I know, that’s not really their names!
At the lower end of the pole he added a Lanyard to secure the flag line.
There you have it! A birdhouse reused as a flag pole…..with a few bricks and flowers added by yours truly to dress it up!
One down (or left up!) and one to go!
The second is a pole for A clothesline. My house was built in 1959. They did not have dryers back then. I remember my mom used a clothesline , not because she had to but because she liked the smell of fresh air dried linens. Some people still prefer them now. I do think it’s cool because it is so Vintage and historic. It is still very useable. The other end of the line are eye hooks that are imbedded in the brick wall outside my laundry room. I used it when we first moved in. My washer/dryer set was gas. There were no hook ups for the gas set. While I sold the gas set and purchased an electric set, I used the “clothesline.”
I went back and forth on this but because it is kinda cool, I wanted to leave the clothesline for posterity. Just make it prettier. So I did!
We started with this…..
Yes, very dull and unexciting…Right?
So I grabbed a can of spray paint and went back and forth on weather I wanted it white or green. I had both but the green won out!
I’m a dollar store junky and luckily I had a couple of Garden Flags in my arsenal of goodies.
So I slipped those over the “arms” on both sides of the pole and used the screws that you can see there on the ends to keep the flags from working their way off the “arms”!
And Viola’ !
Preserved for Posterity and Jazzed up to add a lovely aesthetic to the yard!
So would you Use it? or Lose it? What would you do with them? Share it with all of us in the comments below! We want to know!
If you like reuse and repurpose projects, you might also like the #thriftstorethrowdown Repurpose challenge I participated in with 14 other fantastic DIY Bloggers.