Hello lovelies!! Welcome back! Today, I’m taking a short break from thrifty makeovers to share a new way to display that Christmas Village that always takes up so much space!
I absolutely love putting together our little village every year!
I started with this David Winters cottage my mom gifted me in my twenties:
Then after the holidays one year, I found several Christmas village pieces on the clearance and my obsession began!
I used to only have enough to display on our mantel, but then I kept collecting…and collecting.
I searched eBay, found a couple at thrift stores, and also acquired several from yard sales!
Pretty soon I was filling two four foot tables:
(That’s a photo from 2017.)
This has worked for many years, but finding an empty wall in our new house to display two four foot tables is getting harder! I hate to have to move what lives on this wall in my office to display it all, and the other locations we’ve tried haven’t been ideal.
A new way to display that Christmas village
This year, I was determined to find a new solution! I was actually searching for shelving units to use solely for displaying our village.
Here’s what normally lives along that wall in my office:
You can see the original makeover of this dresser HERE.
This dresser holds many of my staging props. Besides being my home office, this room also functions as my workout space. (I really did not want to have to move everything again.)
So one day as I was sitting at my desk, which is just to the left, I got to looking a little closer at that dresser I use for storage.
What if I could turn it into shelving to house my village??
So I took the drawers out to inspect a bit further…
Luckily, there was thin plywood beneath each drawer. I took a quick measurement to see if the shelves were tall enough to house my houses and they were just the right height!
All I needed to do was paint the inside white to make it the perfect backdrop!
So the next day, that’s exactly what I did, using Silk mineral paint in Saltwater since it doesn’t require a topcoat:
I just gave it one coat, and that was it.
The only thing left to do was drill a hole at the back of each shelf for the cords…
I had it all prepped when Jack came home from college for Thanksgiving break, and we spent the last day unwrapping it and putting the village together!
When he was younger, I would let him stay up late into the wee hours to help me build it, and it has become one of our favorite Christmas traditions!
Setting up our Christmas Village
Here’s a video of it coming together and a close-up up tour of the after as well:
If you have trouble viewing, you can see it on my YouTube channel HERE!
And here is how it looks all set up:
I love that I didn’t have to move this large piece, I could keep my weights where they were, and I didn’t have to relocate my side table in the corner either.
I did have to find a place to house all the drawers that came out of this piece, but that was much easier!
You could remove the drawer slides also, but as you can see, I just painted those as well…
The space between each shelf was just right! I needed about 9″ clearance for most houses…
The few that were a tad taller went on the top shelf that had a bit more space…
The church was the only piece that didn’t fit inside, so I set it up on top!
If you don’t have enough pieces to fill a whole dresser, only remove enough drawers for what you have.
I shared close-ups of all the houses in the video above, but here are just a few photos.
This is a new piece I found at Walmart this year:
I had a fantastic toy store, but we placed it on the kitchen table as we were unpacking last year, and Lyla got ahold of the cord somehow. It crashed to the floor, breaking it into several pieces. I haven’t found one I like better yet, but I thought this was cute!
I’ve found a few of my pieces on eBay, like this gas station:
This was another eBay find. It’s an older piece, but I really liked it for some reason…
I also found this Fire and Police station on eBay several years ago:
This pretty one was part of a set of five pieces that were still new in the box that I picked up at a yard sale for only $20!
The LED lights shimmer and sparkle which you can see in the video above. The toy shop was part of that set, and it had a rotating Christmas tree on it. It came with a church also which no longer works and another piece that is also on that top row.
This one in the background was a yard sale find…
This was one I found at the thrift store the last time I went thrifting with Nancy!
I will say that my previous set up made for beautiful pictures with all the wonderful natural light and my stone wall as a backdrop:
While the dresser may not be as condusive to light bright photos, it is so much more enjoyable in person!
I love how contained everything is now, and everything gets to be up front!
Miss Lyla agrees!
And at night, it absolutely glows!
This is my favorite!
This was the perfect solution for displaying our Christmas village this year!
You can see more of our Christmas Village tradition and more photos in this post HERE.
And here’s a fun thrifty holiday makeover to tide you over:
See what I did with this cabinet door HERE!
I’ll be back on Tuesday sharing what I did with this mirror from my Free-to-me haul:
See ya then!
Update: This mirror had some challenges, but it came out a winner… see it here now!
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