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Goodwill Home Décor Expert - Merri Cvetan

Merri Cvetan

My weekly column for Amazing Goodwill and my design blog, Design Coach, are about all things design, living a stylish life and entertaining (like setting a great table). I share DIY projects, decorating and design tips, as well as ideas and secrets.

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Happy Haunting!

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Oct 15, 2014 1:46:00 PM

haunted housesI love to re-purpose items I find at Goodwill. There’s just something fun in take something intended for one purpose and turning it into something completely different. Or, in this case, I took Christmas houses and “remodeled” them into haunted houses. They’re the perfect Halloween party decoration!

I found a huge selection of ceramic houses with snow and wreaths at Goodwill. Most were in their original boxes and never used. Prices ranged from $.99 to $4.99.

haunted housesI bought an assortment of spray paints. All in metallic colors (copper, gold, silver, bronze). Choose some with a stone texture and matte finish.

haunted housesRandomly paint each house with two or more of the colors. Make each a little different. Use one color for the roof, another for the siding and the third and fourth applied in spots or sections. There isn’t a right or wrong way to do it and you can’t make a mistake!

Use old books to give some of the houses a little height. Aren’t haunted houses usually up on a scary hill? I pulled out the potion books I made for last year’s Halloween display.

I found strings of little orange lights at a discount dollar store. Insert the lights in the opening at the bottom of each house so every window is illuminated.

Display your neighborhood of haunted houses on a mantle or on your food and drink table. Make a new one every year. Soon your collection will be the envy of every witch on the block.

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Topics: Halloween decorating, haunted houses, Merri Cvetan, Halloween