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A bright birdbath

By: Garden Gate staff
Dress up a spot in the border and make an ornament more eye-catching.

A bright birdbath

Add extra color to the garden by painting a concrete birdbath. Any exterior latex paint should be safe for birds. First, clean and prep the birdbath by removing all dirt and debris, then rinse with water.

It’s important that the concrete is completely dry before you prime and paint it. Apply a layer of latex primer to prevent moisture from getting into the concrete and help the paint stick. Once it’s dry, paint. You may need two coats to cover it.

Finally, spray your birdbath with a couple layers of weather-proofing acrylic clear coat. Wait about a week to allow the sealer to dry, then you can move the birdbath into the garden and add water. Apply a fresh coat of acrylic clear coat once a year to protect the paint on your birdbath.

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