Friday, November 21, 2014

Holiday Thrift Store Challenge: Modern Christmas Village

Hey everyone!
Thank you so much for stopping by! And a extra special thank you to Alice from Thoughts from Alice for including me in this fun little challenge!

If you've been here in the past then you know what a huge fan I am of thrift store shopping. It's completely my go to for furniture and fun home décor (think brass, silver and pottery). But, I have to say holiday items...not so much. They tend to be too dated, tacky and colorful for my taste and never seem to blend in well in my more neutral home.

Thankfully, I went in with a game plan and found what I needed right away with my $25 budget. (Note: I only ended up spending $11).  Here's the thing, I kind of really like Christmas villages, but the red and green combo makes my skin crawl just a bit. So, I decided to modernize some vintage pieces to make them work in my own home for the holidays.
Supplies:  Vintage, thrift store Christmas village pieces, brush, chalkboard paint, chalk and a baggie, finishing wax and a clean cloth (optional).

Simply paint the Christmas village with two coats of chalkboard paint, letting each coat try thoroughly. Crush up some chalk by placing it in a baggie and hitting it with a hammer or something else suitable.  Using your hand, wipe the crushed chalk all over your painted village. Seal with a coat of wax (optional).

 I placed my village in front of our chalkboard wall in our study.

I added in some vintage ornaments, faux greenery and plenty of silver glitter to finish off the scene.

I love the black, white and silver holiday theme I have going on in there right now.

 Thank you again for stopping over! Please be sure to check out all the other amazing bloggers in this series!

Glam Christmas Throw Pillows by Thoughts from Alice

A Deerly Beloved Thrift Store Vignette by Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson

Christmas Cloche by Craftberry Bush

A Vintage Mantel for Winter by Finding Silver Pennies

Thrifty DIY Part One: Faux Fur Throw Rug by Creating Vintage Charm

DIY Holiday Walling Hanging by House of Hipsters

Christmas Decor from Thrifty Find by Town and Country Living

The Trellis Tree by Cozy Little House

DIY Centerpiece Tray by Cherished Bliss

Rustic Christmas Tree by Delineate Your Dwelling

DIY Crocks by So Much Better With Age