Turning A Barstool Into A Birdhouse Stand
I think I should call this martin birdhouse “Serendipity House” as there’s been a few happy coincidences with it so far….
For starters, I’ve always wanted a martin house (you can see my favourite birdhouses here) but only found this one (for a sweet deal) because I took a wrong turn during town-wide yard sale day.
When I brought it home, I sat it on this half barrel while I thought about how to display it… The wood underneath is not a great idea because it collects rain and snow at the base. Our soil is not stable enough for a tall martin-house pole, so I knew I’d need something else.
Knowing it would pose a danger to the birds this way (giving easy access to the squirrels), I blocked off the windows with poultry net. I think every possible bird for 5 km around came to check it out.
But this little guy (next photo) was the first to break in (do you see him?):
I wish I had a video of the chipmunk in the/his house. He races from window to window, peeking out at me, depending on where I’m working in the garden. So sweet. As far as chipmunk homes go, I’m guessing this one is rather desirable real estate. Two stories, view of the garden, plenty of old nesting material inside, and cupola. I mean, come on. This is the dream home.
The back broke off this barstool and, knowing it could not easily be repaired (the metal tore apart), I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.
First, I removed the seat from the barstool. Some old 4×4 wood scraps were used to make leg extenders.
I drilled one-inch wide holes into each leg and added them to the barstool legs. We have horridly sandy soil so these feet will be buried in the ground to help hold the birdhouse steady.
Here’s another bit of luck: the top of the barstool fit exactly into the base of the birdhouse. Some of the birdhouse is rotting a wee bit, but I don’t mind as it’s decades old and very charming (to me).
Martin House In the Garden
Here’s the birdhouse now in the garden. I covered all of the windows with metal wire mesh except one, hoping the chipmunk will still be able to live there without harassment from the other critters.
I love how the barstool raises the birdhouse off the ground, above the plants, so it’s visible from the house.
Come spring time I’ll dress it up a bit, but for now, it’s safe and sound for the winter.
And my little friend can settle in once again.