Easy Thrift Store Upcycle

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Another trip to the thrift store and I found this cute terra cotta house that was missing the rest of it. I gave it a little paint and upcycled it to fun decor for my yard that lights up!

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Here is the terra cotta house that I found that was clearly missing pieces.

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I started by painting the sky with black Apple Barrel Multi-Surface paint and let that dry.

I painted the base of the town in Folk Art Color Shift in the color Dragon Flash. It’s an amazing paint that color shifts between 2 colors.

I painted over the top of the black paint with Green, Gold Red Shift – Folk Art Dragonfly Glaze.

This stuff is so incredibly fun to work with – amazing northern lights sky appearance!

I painted the town houses with Folk Art Multi-Surface sterling sliver paint.

To give the houses a little depth, I painted the indents with Delta Creative Ceramcoat in metallic deep silver.

I let that dry completely. You could leave it as is or …

Place an LED or color changing LED light inside.

You can add a regular tealight or candle in it and not only will it glow, but it will add extra heat to your space.

Stick in a solar light through the top or place a color changing globe solar light on top.

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  1. Very cute makeover. I love the look of the glaze and the details you gave it.

    1. Thank you so much Beverly, I am in love with this dragonfly glaze. It’s so fun to work with.

  2. This is awesome! Who would have thought to turn it into a solar light? Absolutely adorable.

    1. Thank you so much Linda, it was really fun to create and it gave me an excuse to work with that new dragonfly glaze. So much fun and one more solar light creation for my yard 😉

    1. Thank you so much Richella and thank you for the giggle and smile today 🙂 Sending hugs

  3. Naomie Moore says:

    So cute and the glaze is amazing. A darling decor item for only a couple dollars and a bit of paint. All because you had vision to see beyond the original appearance. ?

    1. Thank you so much Naomie, it’s so fun to give old and broken things new life and another chance to be loved again. Love that glaze! Now I’m trying to think of what I can use it on next 🙂 Hugs my friend

  4. Looks like you found a winner with this lovely terra cotta house! It’s certainly versatile in what you can do with it! You’ve offered us some very creative ideas on how to use it! And they are all awesome! I’ve never heard of the FolkArt color shift paint! Interesting and sounds like fun to use!

    1. Thank you so much Gail and I’m so glad you like the ideas. It is such fun paint to work with, and I’m excited to try some more of those colors soon as well as the dragonfly glaze.

    1. Thank you so much Anita and thank you for the Pin, I appreciate it 🙂

  5. Great idea to paint it. It looks great with the colors and so pretty with a light inside.

    1. Thank you so much Jenny, I’m thrilled with how it turned out and the lighting options. I think in the summer I’l be using the solar light and other artificial sources, but in the winter a candle to add extra warmth to my space 🙂

  6. Wow that turned out so cute. Such a change from what you bought!

    1. Thank you so much Amy, it’s amazing what a little paint will do.

  7. jodie filogomo says:

    That look so amazing all painted that way!!
    Jodie #senisal

  8. Thats really great upcycle, kudos to you, thanks for participating in Bloggers Pit Stop. Pit Stop Crew

    1. Thank you so much Menaka, and thanks for a great party and stopping by

  9. the end result is charming! love your creativity and attention to details.

  10. Love it! That project looks like so much fun! And it turned out so well. Thanks for linking up to Creative Compulsions!

    1. Thank you so much and thanks for stopping by. See you at the next party.

  11. Absolutely loved seeing how this project progressed. Upcycling needs to be more mainstream imo #TheHappyNow

  12. Oh wow, Chas, this is such a pretty transformation! I love how you took something that was broken and might have been thrown away, and turned it into something really beautiful. I love how you have painted it as well. Thank you so much for bringing this post to the Hearth and Soul Link Party!

    1. Thank you so very much April, I’m thrilled that you like how it turned out. Sometimes things just need a little love to find a place in our home again. What is one person’s trash is another person’s treasure 🙂 Love that saying because it’s so true. Thank you for hosting a lovely party.

  13. Wow! This is absolutely gorgeous! I wish I had a similar find from the thrift store so that I could make one, too. Sigh . . . .

    Thanks so much for sharing this at out Party in Your PJs link party.

    1. Thanks so much Nina and I know it’s hard when the item is so specific. Think of the Terra Cotta possibilies – planters, coasters, etc So much fun. See you at the next party.

    1. You are so sweet Alexandra, thank you so much.

  14. Marilyn Lesniak says:

    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared.

  15. Thank you so much Marilyn, have a wonderful weekend.

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