A little browsing showed me [this] bird cage desk organizer by Ballard Design (and I guess it isn't sold anymore?) and the color sang to me as sweetly as any little bird would.
But before it was this...
It was this slightly bent (okay it is still slightly bent, but you didn't notice, did you?) birdcage stand that was found behind my neighbor's house in a bunch of tall grass after they moved. They had a ton of stuff and told us "go check it out!" when they left. Which is how I got approximately a zillion terra cotta pots.
It has this nifty little hook at the top and lots of cobwebs! :) But those are from being in storage at my house for...oh my...years.
The thrift store birdcage was in the grape arbor and looking worse for wear. I emptied the dead plants out of it.
Yes, I think this will do nicely!
The base was pretty rough but I actually liked the look of it. Too bad my black spray paint I used on the wrought iron decided to have a gleek attack and spit black speckles all over it.
Oh well oil-rubbed bronze to the rescue!
It looks black, but has such a nice, subtle metallic finish that I like it with the plain black stand.
The cage was painted a jaunty color called Blue Sky (Painter's Touch by Rust-Oleum) since it had developed some serious rust hanging in the arbor all year.
With that done I set to filling it with some books and a bouquet of book page paper flowers that I'd made.
I like the bright, fun color against the black of the iron.
I have so many books I can use all the storage space I can get!