I have no pics of the before because this was pre my blogging days, but trust me when I say that it was a terrible 1970’s looking wood grain that made the design on the doors look so dated. And there was a really funky orange and brown pattern on the back wall of the inside.
I gave the whole thing a good cleaning, sanded it down, primed it, and painted it a nice sage green. Then I painted the back inside wall with a very dark navy blue. The lighted houses look really lovely against it.
We set up our village and hid the cords on the side of the china cabinet next to the window. That way that mess isn’t seen. For the lighted houses we used some cords that have three bulbs attached and a few that have five. These multi-cords make lighting this many houses so much easier.
Here are a few close ups.
Yes, that’s a cat you see sleeping on the top of the china cabinet. That’s Salty’s favourite spot. It’s nice and cozy up there when the living room wood stove is going.
Now we leave our village set up year round. It’s so nice to not have to pack it up and then unpack it again. There are so many other things to do when the Christmas season arrives.
We really enjoy it, and we light it up almost every night in the fall and winter. It looks so pretty, and somehow it reminds us of a simpler time.
On another festive note, I’m so excited to be co-hosting the Winter Wonders and Holiday Happenings link party on December 7th. The button is on my sidebar. Be sure to pop back and link up your fabulous Christmas projects.
Thanks so much for reading!