This weather is perfect for spray painting! Find your old unloved Christmas houses and give them a whole new look. Inexpensive and easy to do! Reposted from last year because I think I’m doing more next week!
I love white Christmas houses. I’ve been seeing them everywhere. But, I have more than a dozen colorful ones. Plus a lighthouse in a bathroom. The bathroom that was going to have a lighthouse theme but didn’t quite get there. I wanted white simple houses but didn’t really want to spend all that money. Especially since we won’t be at our home this Christmas. But of course, I’ll still be decorating!
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!
Hmmmmmmmmmm. I think I may be getting a spray paint addiction. 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 a 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!)
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!