With Christmas right around the corner, there is no shortage of ceramic villages at the discount stores and thrift shops. Chances are you may even have some tucked away with your own Christmas decorations. We thought it would be fun to put a spin on these charming little houses by giving them a new finish and a more natural, stone-like appeal!
We started by applying a quick coat of grey paint to the houses. Our round brush works great for providing full coverage and getting into all of those little nooks and crannies!
As soon as the paint was dry, we were able to apply our Fine Stone finish! Fine Stone is a low VOC, plaster product with aggregate texture, making it an ideal product for giving almost any surface the look and feel of real stone! Fine Stone in it’s natural state is white, so we added a little grey paint to make it the color of stone. It takes very little paint to tint Fine Stone. We recommend a ratio of 1 part paint to 5 parts Fine Stone. Fine Stone can be applied with a trowel, brush or even pushed through a stencil for a raised design! For this project, our round brush again worked well for applying the product. We simply applied a thick, even coat of our grey tinted Fine Stone over every square inch of the ceramic houses.
Depending on how thickly the Fine Stone is applied, it can take up to a few hours to dry completely. Once dry, we applied Clear Topcoat Sealer to give our little stone cottages a protective finish. Both Fine Stone and Clear Topcoat Sealer are exterior grade products, so our stone village could be used for both indoor and outdoor decor!
If you choose to use Christmas houses that can be lit from within with either a votive candle or light bulb, you can rest assured that your Fine Stone finish will uphold well to any heat that it may be exposed to!
This was a fun, quick and easy thrift store upcycle! Do we have you thinking about adding some natural stone texture to your Christmas decor this year? It doesn’t have to be in the form of Christmas cottages! Maybe you have an outdated nativity or a ceramic reindeer? Before you discard them, consider giving them an updated finish!
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