As I said in my previous post, I decided to do this house because I liked the colors plus the woodsy charm. I’m imagining an old, rundown house a couple decided to renovate and restore as a getaway for themselves, their kids, and grandchildren.
Paint colors: There were many, and I could never find Rain Gray (Ceramcoat). I substituted Hippo Gray, as it seemed to be close to the same shade (the kit had a paint color chart with blobs of the colors so I could buy a close match). Colors are:
Rain Gray, Drizzle Gray, Denim Blue, Trail Tan (all Ceramcoat), Slate Blue (Anita’s), Nautical Blue (Anita’s), and Winter Blue (Deco Art Americana), along with white, black, dark green, and burnt umber. They also suggested Bamboo (Ceramcoat), but I couldn’t find it so I used Trail Tan, whch was close.
- Main Structure
The main walls and floor put together and the downstairs wallpaper and floors glued in. The paneled walls are a layer of wallpaper with a sheet of “beams” (made of very light card) glued on top of it.
The bathroom is constructed as a separate unit and glued on after the outside walls are shingled. Here I’ve put in the wallpaper (not completely glued in) and the floor.
The porch floor, which is scribed sheeting, put in on the base and around the house. Painted white and aged with washes of watered down gray.
2. Shingling the house, plus porch ceiling.
The next step was to shingle the first floor outside walls. (I shingled the walls before putting on the porch roof–I neglected to take photos with the porch roof absent.)
The bathroom exterior shingled with corner trim added, and the bathroom now glued onto the house.
This is the kitchen wall on the right side of the house (looking from the back). As you can see, there will be a false door that leads to the bathroom. The shingled wall is the bathroom wall, which sticks out onto the porch, like a lean-to tacked on to the main house.
The nice thing about the shingles was–they were in strips that just needed to be cut to length, and they were already this color. No painting!
Now I added the porch ceiling, the underside of which I painted Winter Blue.
The upper side of the porch ceiling. The only problem I had was–if the house walls aren’t together exactly, exactly, the porch ceiling is a tough fit. It’s one piece that’s slid around the house. I unfortunately had to split mine in half and glue on the right and left halves separately. Most of this piece is covered up, thought, so it didn’t really matter.
The rectangular pieces glued to the second story on top of the porch ceiling are supports for the porch roof pieces. Triangles are glued one to each wall in the back of the house. The sides of the triangles facing the interior of the house need to be painted gray, as they’ll be seen. The side facing the exterior will be covered.
Before the porch roof is put on, it’s time for the interior stairs.
Construction was pretty easy, once the first tread, shown here is put onto the stringers, tabs into slots. At the top, the landing and the last tread are added the same way. This gives the staircase some rigidity as you add the treads and risers.
A fun thing about the staircase is that all the treads are painted different colors. Here you can see the treads and the paints I used. The jar is a mixture of Slate Blue and a small amount of Hippo Gray. Colors from left to right: Drizzle Gray, Hippo Gray, slate / gray mixture, Denim Blue, Nautical Blue, Slate Blue, and Winter Blue.
Here I’ve put the art on the risers and glued the risers on. There was no instruction to paint the risers, but I used the Drizzle gray. Not much of that showed, but I wanted to make sure the edges were covered. I’ve also painted the fixed tread Drizzle Gray.
The staircase assembled with different colored treads going up. The staircase fits flat against the wall, so the treads are flush on the right side, and the right side of the stringer doesn’t need to be painted.
4. Second floor and installing the stairs
Before the stairs are put in, the second floor needs to go on. These are spacers that I stood up and and clamped to the walls to hold the second floor until it’s dry. There are no interior walls in this house (which I like). One of the spacers has fallen over in the photo below, but you get the idea.
The first floor ceiling paper and the “beams” that go over the paper.
This is the card beams glued over the ceiling paneling. I glued this to the ceiling. Once the second floor was glued in place and dry, I added the flooring paper.
The second floor in place. Now the stairs are glued in.
The stairs have no railings. It’s a good thing I don’t live in this house, because I’d be falling every time I tried to go up or down.
5. Porch Roof
The porch roof pieces (and main roof pieces) are milled, so they can just be painted and glued on.
The instructions say to spray paint the porch roofs silver, but I never have any spray paint, so I used brush-on acrylic (metallic silver by Ceramcoat). I did several coats. Because the paint didn’t adhere completely, it gave it a nice aged appearance.
The triangular roof piece fits in the niche created by the porch roof and the triangles previously glued onto the porch ceiling. (See niche on left in photo below)
I clamped and let dry for a while.
6. Second Floor and Main Roof
Next, I marked and glued shingle strips to the second floor sides.
The main roof is next. I decided to glue on only the front half of the roof, so that I could finish putting in the fireplace and interior balcony railings before attaching the back roof.
The front roof pieces with undersides papered and beamed for installation. At the top is the dormer roof and dormer sides, then the front roof.
Front roof is put on first, then the dormer sides added.
Triangles fit the correct way between front wall roof.
Corner trim glued to dormers. Finally, I added the dormer roof.
I shingled the front wall but decided to simply paint the triangle dormer sides. Much less hassle!
Inside of the front part of the roof.
The rear roof papered and ready to go. I set it aside to go on to the doors and windows, which need a post of their own.