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Friday, November 9, 2012

Dollar Store Christmas Village Makeover

When I saw this project here, I wasn't sure that I could actually pull it off.  
I was afraid that my results would look like a spray paint job gone bad.
I was wrong.
This was one of the easiest projects I have ever done and I love that it turned out well.
Desiree...you are a genius!

So this is what it starts out like.  This is a Christmas Village set from the Dollar Tree.  I didn't buy the entire set, just about $12.00 worth.  The little people come in three packs so you get more bang for your buck there.  Even the adorable little bottle brush trees are from the Dollar Tree {2 pack}

For me, the colors were a bit too bright and the painted faces are not really on straight
 {eyes painted where the nose should go, etc..you get the idea}

Look what happens though when you give your little village a very light coat of spray paint
{Krylon Indoor/Outdoor in Ivory Satin}

The transformation is simply amazing!
You want to make sure to give these a very thin coat of paint.  You want some of the original color to still show through.

It gives them a more subtle, frosty appearance and everything looks a bit antiqued.  
I love the way these turned out!
The only thing I didn't do yet is to glitter them.
I didn't have any Krylon Glitter Blast on hand at home, so I will complete that step as soon as I get to the store to buy some.
I just couldn't wait until then to show you this.  Once I start my Christmas decorating and get this baby glittered and set up, I'll be sure to share it.

I think I may go back to the Dollar Tree and get a few more pieces.

Happy crafting everyone and have a great weekend!!

xo and God Bless,


Burlap Luxe said...

just fabulous, I am running down to find these cheep dime store figures and see what I come up with.

thank you for this beautiful holiday idea.

Blondie's Journal said...

This is amazing...and beautiful! It just goes to show what how creative most of you ladies can be! You will treasure your village forever!


Desiree @ The 36th AVENUE said...

It looks great! Thank you so much for linking back to my original tutorial...♥

Lorrie Orr said...

What a fabulous transformation!

Marisa said...

It's beautiful. I just did the same thing and results are amazing. I will be showing mine soon. Where did you find the gazebo?

Amy Kinser said...

How wonderful they look! I can't believe the transformation with just a little paint.

Musings From A French Cottage said...

Hi Marisa,
I found the gazebo at the Dollar Tree. It was tucked right in there with the little village houses. If your local Dollar Tree doesn't carry them, try dollartree.com. There was a pamphlet there with the village display that said you can purchase them online as well. I hope this helps! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving me a comment!

Musings From A French Cottage said...

Thank you Amy! I couldn't believe it either. I was amazed at how such a subtle change could make such a huge difference. Thanks for stopping by!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

What a fun project, Kathleen! I'm inspired! Thanks for sharing!

Ann-Marie ~ Brambly said...

Just magical! I never would have thought of doing that, but now I may have to give it a whirl!


Leslie said...

I think these little villages are so fun to set up over the holidays. Mine are similar :) and you're right! You can create a wonderful little space without it getting too expensive!

EyeLean said...

Got inspired by this blog and did this project myself. SUPER EASY! and the results are stunningly good! i used Krylon Glitter Blast Diamond dust and it gave them the extra 'oomph' it needed to push them into the 'Ahh!" catagory after painting. Fun! Thanks for the tips

Candy S said...

Great job!! I love Christmas houses. They are so much fun. I did not see where I could become a follower, I will look over your site again before I leave. Seriously though, You did a great job.