Do you like little houses? I do. Through the years, I have collected a number of these decorative, little houses to display at Christmas time. Most I bought second hand; one I got in a family gift exchange game. The problem is we also live in a little house, so deciding how to display them is a challenge.
For a number of years, we put them on top of our kitchen cabinets. I switched out the corded lights for remote control LED lights which worked okay. It was a little tricky getting the houses up there and centered to my liking. Poor Dan. And while this display adds a nice ambiance to our kitchen area, you can’t really see and appreciate them being so distant.
So, this year I wanted to try something different. We had a metal shelf in the basement, so we brought that upstairs. It had held our Christmas totes, but we set the empty totes on the floor for now.
Once we had it in place, I knew what I had to do. Off to Lowes for some paint. I used 2 cans of spray paint. It could have taken a third can, and I may do that some day. I also used Dollar Tree foam board, covered with Dollar Tree glitter cloth (glued down) to set the houses on. We still use the remote control LED lights. These use batteries, so we limit how long we leave them on, saving the big display for Christmas Eve and Christmas night. If someone has a better solution for the lights, please enlighten me (ha ha) in the comments below.
I am thrilled with how the painted shelf turned out. It blends in beautifully. And I really like how I used something I already had. I just updated the shelf with two cans of spray paint. To be honest, I would really like to display these houses horizontally and maybe use the plug in lights, but we just don’t have the space for that in our home. If you’ve seen or have a clever display, let me know in the comments below. Until then, I’ll remember the saying, “If you don’t have what you like, like what you have.”
Here’s the final result:
Thanks for reading. Enjoy the your home and the season!