How to update your old Christmas houses
I love white Christmas houses. I've been seeing them everywhere. But, I have more than a dozen colorful ones. I wanted white simple Christmas village houses but didn't really want to spend all that money.
This year I want my Christmas decorations to be different. Not the bright red, green and gold I've had for so many years. Or the Santa Clauses and the kid-themed decorations. Instead an elegant, classic, classy white and silver. It is catching my eye everywhere!
Using spray paint to update your old Christmas village
I was looking at one of the white Christmas houses at a local store and noticed it wasn't a blinding white, but a subtle off-white. So, off to my local hardware store I went. I found the color in my mind in spray paint. For once it was easy and didn't take a bunch of time. I found the perfect 'white'. If you want to have some fun with the guy in the paint department, just tell him you are looking for the "perfect white". Watch as he tries not to groan or roll his eyes (he, he!)
Prepare and paint your old houses
Make sure you take out the lights. Just pinch the two side clamps and pull it out.
Here is the spray paint I used. I've been using this because it says on the can the primer is included. And, it's about a dollar more than the other stuff but I don't have to prime. All of this and it's still under $5.00 at my little local family hardware store. I'm sure it's even less at the big places.
So, I started. I have been learning (the hard way) that you want to do thin coats. Better 2 or 3 thin coats than trying to do a thick coat or two.
Thin coats don't run and have a nice smooth finish. Also, start spraying before you hit your project. That way you have a nice smooth consistent spray when you are spraying your project. It took 2 coats and then I had to do a third mainly because I didn't get the 'underneath parts". Like under the roof overhang etc. Thought I got them but I didn't.
Oh I love them! They look so fresh, so bright and clean now. They look new! Especially in the daylight. When I turned them on in the dark, the original color gently glowed through. I guess these are slightly translucent and the true white ones shine white and the painted white ones shine through with a little color. But, I like it! At night the hint of color glowing through adds some warmth.
Just a note about the houses I painted. They are the Santa's Workshop ones from Joann's. You know, the one's that on clearance after Christmas are only about $10.00. No worries, I didn't paint any family heirlooms!
Love my new white Christmas homes. It was a super easy transformation for less than $5.00!