A Mythical Renovation

A Mythical Renovation

I venture to say that I have the cutest Fairy House around, although, it took a mythical renovation to get to this point.DIY

Although, my photography leaves much to be desired.

If only I could move some of that background clutter, they’d actually be pretty good pictures!

At one time, this started out as a dog house. A friend of ours was getting rid of it because it was flea infested. Well, that didn’t stop Mr. Menace. He bought a couple of flea bombs, set them off, and then took it home.

I don’t have a proper “BEFORE” picture, because this all happened before we were Mr. & Mrs. But the original dog house looked similar to this one.

My very creative husband added the cute windows. And when he brought it to me in 2008, it looked like this:

I knew immediately that this was suppose to be a fairy house. And this napping gnome is just so cute in his hammock on the porch.

But I really thought it needed a door! So I found some boards that would work, added a knob and hung it.

Once the door was up, the fairies began to arrive! Some of them came all the way from England.

They moved right in and seemed quite happy with their new home.

As you can see, the wood was already very weathered when I got it. It wasn’t but a year or so when the roof rotted off. Mr. Menace replaced it with some red plastic siding, but it just didn’t look very good. So I decided I was going to make a green roof for it.

A planted “green” roof, that is.

But before I got to that project, we bought a new house and were busy moving.

After we got moved into our new house, Mr. Menace helped by removing what was left of the existing roof, and lining it with tin. I then added some chicken wire to hold the plants, tons of potting soil, and then started planting.

Over the years I tried several different combination of plants. But the above one is one of my favorites. It is a chartreuse sedum along with ajuga, which has purple blooms. The color combination is fantastic with the light green of the sedum, the deep green foliage of the ajuga and the deep purple blossoms.

But this year, the porch collapsed.

So again, Mr. Menace had to make some renovations.

This time he decided to class it up a bit and add cedar shakes to the porch roof.

After planting the new apiary, (read about that HERE), I had some moss rose left over. I thought I’d use it on the fairy house roof this year. But first, it was time for a move. I needed the fairy house in more sun. So Mr. Menace helped me get it moved a few feet back. Now it is a part of this bed at the back of our property.

And finally, it was time for planting.

The moss rose, or portulaca, should fill in and cover the roof nicely.

When I stain the new deck (read about that HERE) I will stain the fairy house too.

And I am considering making curtains for the windows. What do you think about that? Should I? Shouldn’t I??

If so, what colors? Or neutral??




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  1. Virginia Hollowell says:

    cheese cloth curtains??reckon? love the fairies–when I next catch some with my fairy catcher, I’ll ask them about going to visit ‘bama

    • gwingal says:

      Oh thats an interesting idea. Where do you buy cheesecloth these days?? And please, hitch a ride with them when you send them. 🙂

  2. Lisa Hollowell says:

    What a neat idea! Solomon loves the gnomes and I love the fairies. (I had Tabby’s bedroom decorated in fairies when she was little.) If you want a pop of color for curtains – maybe one of the Michael Miller fabrics – he has several with mushrooms. (Easy to find on Ebay “Michael Miller mushroom fabric”.) Oh and we both like the flowers on top. So creative! I love your bottle trees – I have a lot of old bottles from the property here that I think would be nice displayed that wa. Where did you get your tree?

    • gwingal says:

      I bought the bottle trees from a local nursery that carries quite a bit of garden art. I buy when they have their yearly 1/2 price sale. I will sure do some research on the Michael Miller fabrics. Thanks for the suggestion. 🙂

  3. Carol ("Mimi") says:

    Yes, you do have the cutest fairy house around! I’m sure the fairies love living in this magical place. The flowers on the roof are an excellent touch! (I also really like the bottle tree). Your yard looks like such a nice place to hang out in nice weather, with a comfortable place to sit and charming views to contemplate.

    • gwingal says:

      Thanks so much for the kind compliments Carol! I am sure trying to make my yard have interesting places to sit and contemplate! And as long as you stay under the big shady oak, it is quite pleasant. LOL 🙂

  4. Grammy Dee says:

    Oh my goodness! I LOVE it!!! Absolutely unique. Makes me want one. Thank you Nikki for linking up at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I shared this post.

  5. chawkes61 says:

    I am always so impressed at such creativity. Your fairy house is lovely. Thanks for linking up at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I’ve shared your post on social media.

    • gwingal says:

      Thank you Leanna! It has really been a fun project over the years! I appreciate you visiting my blog! 🙂

    • gwingal says:

      Thanks Lori, I do look forward each year to finding something new to plant on my fairy house! Thanks for visiting. 🙂

  6. Teresa says:

    Such a cute and creative idea to turn a dog house into a fairy house! And the plantings on the top are the perfect touch. I vote for curtains too. It looks like you have a nice big wonderful yard to sit in; under the shade of a tree, drink some ice tea and relax! Thank you for sharing at the #BloggingGrandmothersLInkParty!

    • gwingal says:

      I often sit in the swing under the tree with a glass of tea, Teresa! Have you been spying on me??? haha Thanks so much for visiting and commenting! 🙂

  7. Clearissa Coward says:

    I just do not know how to describe how cute this is. I am thinking about of all of the ideas for the inside too. Just the sweetest!! Thank you for linking up at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I shared this post.

    • gwingal says:

      Thank you Clearissa! I have thought a few times about decorating the inside but I am not sure I will get around to that. Maybe I will if my granddaughters come and stay with me a week sometime. That would be a great project for us! 🙂

  8. sizzlesue15 says:

    What a cute idea and i love the flowers in the roof plus the fairies and gnomes. Thanks for sharing with us at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I’m sharing your post.

    • gwingal says:

      Hi Sue. Thanks for everything! I do love planting the roof each year and finding new things to plant. I just saw one planted in grass! I might try that next. 🙂

  9. At Rivercrest Cottage says:

    How wonderful it is in every rendition you’ve done! Love it plain without curtains, but if you add some curtains, how about burlap (looking like burlap bags) which seems what the fairies would find around a yard.

    • gwingal says:

      It is a fun item to have. I really enjoy having unique things in my garden. Thanks for visiting Karen! 🙂

    • gwingal says:

      Hi Leanna, I am assuming that when I see “it” I will know. I looked a little at Walmart yesterday. But I think first, I need to go look at my own stash. I probably have the perfect thing already. And most likely, its floral. 🙂

    • gwingal says:

      Oh yes Carol! If only you knew how right you are! One of our granddaughters called the dog house “creepy”. That was before it came into its own as a fairy house. 🙂

  10. Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures says:

    I absolutely adore your fairy house! How fun to consider curtains! I think if I did them, I would choose some type of leaf print or soft floral. -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

    Your fairy house post will be my feature for Tuesdays with a Twist this week. I hope you have time to join us again!

    • gwingal says:

      Thank you so much for the feature Marci! I will be back. And thanks for the curtain idea. I still haven’t decided yet. 🙂

  11. Jann Olson says:

    Such a cute idea! Very creative repurpose. I love the growing roof! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    • gwingal says:

      Rita, I love the gnome in the hammock too! I am not really a gnome fan but this one was just perfect for the porch. Thanks for visiting. 🙂

  12. Beverly Roderick says:

    How fun! I love anything that features gnomes and fairies. I repurposed an old bird bath into a fairy garden that’s fun to decorated with seasonal pieces. Curtains would be a great touch. I think I’d use something colorful to give it a pop of color. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle. Pinning.

    • gwingal says:

      Hi Beverly, I love the sound of your birdbath fairy garden! I have a planted (cracked) birdbath and I love it. I guess I will just gather up some fabrics and take them out to the fairy house and try them out. Maybe I should do a voting contest!?? 🙂

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