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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

I Buy Ugly Houses


Don't be so quick to "pass" on the ugly houses you see at yard sales.....those ugly ducklings can turn into swans with a little paint and some trim...lol!


Sometimes I just brush paint on the existing colors that I don't like,  but this one got sprayed all over with white spray paint.   

On this one,   I just brushed paint on the roof,  pillars,  steps,  and and window frames.     I just use craft paint....like folkart or whatever brand has the color I like.


Once I have the houses painted,  the fun really begins.   I hot glue all kinds of trim on them.      I found the rose trim and sacks of roses in the photo on the left at Joann's and the trims in the photo on the right came from HL.   


I was able to do both houses with 2 yards of the rose trim and one package of the individual roses.


I bought 5 rolls of trim at HL and used about 3/4 of it on these two houses.


I've tried to get plenty of close up's to give you an idea of how I applied the trims


I took my photos on the kitchen counter because the lighting is so good......


But this is not where I plan to leave my new houses......


I will add the lights and show you where they found a home later!



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32 comments:

  1. So Pretty! Love how you have decorated the houses, I will be on the look out for some houses of my own! lol Have a wonderful day, Hugs

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  2. Adorable!!!!! I have a shoebox of frilly trims. I love this idea!

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  3. Very nice Penny.....I would love a little doll house like that.

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  4. Simply Charming!! So THAT's where all those sweet brides and grooms on exquisite wedding cakes live.

    rachel

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  5. Oh my goodness, such prettiness!!! Looking forward to seeing where these gorgeous houses end up. :)

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  6. The houses are gorgeous, you are so talented!

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  7. Oh these are adorable - what fun makeovers, my daughter and I would love to find one of these!

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  8. Clever and absolutely adorable!

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  9. Love these makeovers! They are so pretty now! Will be looking for houses now! Maureen the Budget Queen

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  10. Such lovely little houses! You are so creative and take ugh stuff and make it fab!

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  11. Your little houses came out so pretty! Nice transformation! Leticia

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  12. Great transformation as usual. Very cute idea using the trim for window arches and around the columns.

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  13. lol, awesome job!
    Thanks so much for sharing with us on the Homesteader hop!

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  14. These are really pretty. While I was reading the article I was wondering where you would use them. Then you gave a hint about lighting them up. I am interested in seeing what you eventually do with them. I will be looking for it. Leanna

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  15. Ohh...i love them!!! You are always so inventive. They looks so pretty and romantic
    Hugs Alessandra

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  16. What a fun idea! I love a great make-over of my home, but how many times can you do that? LOL This way I could get my fix and not spend thousands!

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  17. oh I love your houses I take birdhouses and upcycle them which is similar to what you do I'm going to start looking for the houses to try this idea thanks for sharing

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  18. WOW! What a transformation. So pretty :) Visiting from No Rules Weekend Blog Party #200.

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  19. Penny, this is the cutest thing I have EVER seen!! I can't wait to work on some crumby old houses I have. THANK YOU! I'm going to have so much fun with this.. PINNED. Best wishes, Linda @Crafts a la mode

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  20. You certainly do know how to dress them up beautifully Penny. Thanks for sharing them with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  21. What a pretty idea, total transformation!

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  22. Much better. Especially that pink house. The few drifts of snow look odd. Thanks for sharing on #FridayFrivolity

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  23. Oh my, they look like they come straight out a fairy tale. Gorgeous and I love the trimming

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  24. Oh what fun. Do we ever grow out of playing with our dolls and doll houses? I love how they look.

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  25. How pretty! Thank you for sharing @Vintage Charm!

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  26. Very Cute, Penny. Yes, there are so many of these big ugly houses in the thrift stores. I tossed an idea of Halloween houses, but I barely have enough room to store, my Christmas collection. Kudos to you for making sow's ears into swans! grins, Sandi

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  27. Penny these are stunners. Too cute and you wouldn't let any little kids near them either or they would distroy these beauties. Exquisite work. Pinning and sharing.

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  28. I LOVE the name of your post...so cute! I cannot believe how you transform these houses. They look so pretty! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Share The Wealth Sunday!

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  29. Impressive decoration of these houses!! spectacular! Great job! : D

    kisses,

    Sandra y Dani
    SanDryCreaciones

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  30. I have just started painting houses I find at thrift stores. But now I will have to look for beautiful trims to add to mine. Yours are SO beautiful. Also my houses are pink too.

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  31. I will never pass by a plain house again. You made them beautiful and Dreamy.

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