RE-trying for yard sale find

dandelion_2009(7)June 5, 2011

I paid $1 for this fisher & price house at the yard sale. I'd like to turn it into a fairy house. It is large but the price was right. :) This will sit outside, so I'm wondering what is the best glue? Any ideas for the outside and the inside

I've started painting it green what color do you think I should paint the door? I'm just fishing for some ideas. :)

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a.girl.named.max(4a)

I bought two similar toy houses last week at a garage sale with the intention of making them into outdoor fairy houses too.

I'm thinking about using cooper for the roof. DBF suggested using model paint. I was hoping for a more natural look but have no clue on how to achieve that on a plastic surface. Hopefully we'll get lots of good ideas from the creative people here.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2011 at 9:38PM
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rock_oak_deer(8b TX)

Great start for a fairy house.

Rustoleum has a line of spray paint called "Fusion" that is designed for outdoor plastics. I use it on planters and all kinds of stuff. Doesn't peel or flake at all. For a more natural look, I use two different colors. The second color is lighter and just used as highlights. You can also use Rustoleum "textured multicolor" spray paint for a natural two tone look. It's more expensive, but might be worth it.

For glue I would use the GEII clear silicone caulk that is highly recommended on this forum for outdoor use.

Shirley

    Bookmark   June 5, 2011 at 9:49PM
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rock_oak_deer(8b TX)

There's also a paint sold at Michael's called "Patio Paint" that works on plastic too. This is in little bottles like craft paint and can be applied with a brush.

If you want to do a copper look, you can get the "copper patina" paint or kit at Michael's.

dandelion - I like how painting the house a single color makes the nice details show. Turquoise would be great for the doors, but I live in the Southwest. You could also do red or dark green. The green is so neutral, it's good to make the trim features pop somehow.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2011 at 9:56PM
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sunnyca_gw

Rust might look good with the greens you are using. I love Patio paints & they hold up very well. If you want an antique look or "older" look on roof use some copper or "Rich Espresso" patio paint. pour little out on Styrofoam or paint tray & barely get some on small brush maybe even wiping it across a paper towel & then go down the roof top to bottom of each shingle to get the look you want. A light hand will get just a little effect. More paint & little heavier hand will make it more toned but easy to overdo so have damp cloth, paper towel or sponge handy to wipe off anything too heavy looking. Have fun! Jan

    Bookmark   June 5, 2011 at 10:38PM
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Purplemoon

That is a great find for a fairy house. I like the contrasting doors. And Fairies like bright colors too.
We have a few fairy houses in our GJ inspiration album,
tho nothing like yours. But they still might give you some ideas. "Vines" growing up them and accessories.

hugs, Karen

Here is a link that might be useful: GJ Fairy n Gnome Inspiration Album

    Bookmark   June 6, 2011 at 2:23AM
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concretenprimroses(4B NH)

Very cute. I never would have thought the plastic house could look so good for fairiees.
Kathy

    Bookmark   June 6, 2011 at 4:11AM
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carolb_w_fl(zone 9/10)

Ooh - what about gold for the doors? It's a fairy mansion = )

    Bookmark   June 6, 2011 at 9:39AM
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alaMel(4a)

I think a lemony yellow would look good on the doors. JMO

    Bookmark   June 6, 2011 at 11:27AM
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a.girl.named.max(4a)

Karen, thanks for posting the link to the GJ Fairy n Gnome inspiration album. Great ideas!

    Bookmark   June 6, 2011 at 12:46PM
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dandelion_2009(7)

Loved all of your ideas :) and Karen (hugs) thanks for the link oh my I loved so many of their fairy houses, villages!! I commented on a few but believe me I looked at everyone! I'll be sure to go back to that site. Thanks Again for all the great ideas.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2011 at 4:36PM
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excessfroufrou(7)

That is adorable and is coming along nicely. I always think of natural things when it comes to fairies. I wonder how it would look with sheet moss for the roof??? Or at least on the floor of the balcony.
Frou

    Bookmark   June 6, 2011 at 5:57PM
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dandelion_2009(7)

I have live moss growing in one area of my yard that's the yard that I'm putting my fairy house in. I am going to use the moss somewhere in the house. I think that would look great too!

    Bookmark   June 6, 2011 at 11:46PM
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a.girl.named.max(4a)

Hey Dandelion,

I'm curious how the fairy house is progressing. Any new pics for us?

    Bookmark   June 22, 2011 at 1:26AM
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luvs2click

I would go to the woods and find pieces of bark to glue to the roof and along the edge of the upper "deck". The "deck" itself looks like a lovely place for some moss.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2011 at 9:41AM
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sprout_wi(z4 WI)

Some of the best exterior glues I have found are E-6000, and GE Exterior Adhesive for Windows and Doors. I especially love the E-6000 which is available everywhere. I get it at Wal-Mart in the Crafts section.

Also copper- The home stores like Menard's and Home Depot have those vinyl tiles for ceiling and kitchen, that look like copper. You could get some of those and make roofing tiles with them. Just cut to the desired size and shape with shears. You'll find lots of ideas in the vinyl tile section.
-Sprout

    Bookmark   June 22, 2011 at 12:11PM
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Prestonsnana

Adorable fairy house. I'm a red door kind of person, so I vote for a deep red door. I love the idea of moss on the roof, too! Can't wait to see pics as you get more done!

    Bookmark   June 22, 2011 at 9:07PM
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luvs2click

I'll second the E-6000 glue - I've never had much luck with the silicone stuff everyone else seems to like.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2011 at 9:24PM
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