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The original use of this set of Over-sized Vintage Painted Cages ($200) from the 1960s is unknown. But, they have a cheerful, carnival quality that could brighten up many homes. The possibilities for their use is endless; I'm seeing them hung as pendant shades in a long, narrow hallway, grouped to create a large chandelier, or perhaps strung from the trees as garden party décor. But, this post isn't about me is it? I want to know how you would use them in your home. Would you give them a function? Use them as lighting? Actually use them as birdcages? Or simply use them as décor? How would you temper their color, and keep them from overwhelming the eye? Or would you paint them to match your color scheme? Tell me by commenting below!

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aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Kim I was thinking for fruit as well. Or even cut the bottom out and use it to cover your fruit if you have a pets. :)
sgdish sgdish 8 years
Turn them upside down, line with moss, attach chain, and plant with beautiful, flowing plants to make colorful hanging baskets!
Vintagevamp Vintagevamp 8 years
I second anticatalyst's idea. That's the first thing I thought of too.
BeautiJunki BeautiJunki 8 years
Great ideas kimpossible. I totally thought to hang the upside down and putting plants in them, but i love the idea for the kitchen for f & v .
anticatalyst anticatalyst 8 years
Not entirely sure how big they are, but if they weren't too large, I'd line the inside with some fine mesh netting and use them as food covers.
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 8 years
Taking a cue from Kim Myles, I would spray paint them black and hang glass balls very close to the wires and put the whole thing over an overhead light. The way she did it was to start off with clear glass in the middle, then increase opacity and color as she moved towards the edge. Or, I'd line them and use them as planters.
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 8 years
Taking a cue from Kim Myles, I would spray paint them black and hang glass balls very close to the wires and put the whole thing over an overhead light. The way she did it was to start off with clear glass in the middle, then increase opacity and color as she moved towards the edge. Or, I'd line them and use them as planters.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
oh these would also be fun hung inverted in children's rooms for toys/stuffed animals. Or in an artists studio for art supplies, sponges, cloths, paint containers etc.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
Invert them and you can use them as hanging baskets for fruit/produce/whatever in the kitchen or for towels/washclothes/other necessities in the bathroom. Hang them as they are (from a good support) and you can put cup hooks on the rim for hanging cups or small pots/pans in the kitchen. These would be fun if you had a long island, you could use a few of them above the island, even alternating the heights would be fun.
emo_stacer emo_stacer 8 years
hamster cage.
chellybean chellybean 8 years
PS - I'm totally imagining Paradiso Perduto from the Ethan Hawke incarnation of Great Expectations.
chellybean chellybean 8 years
I would love to put it in an atrium with a chic little canary in it :) Haha, original, I know.
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