- Interior railings and fireplaces.
I started with the railings, as one part goes behind the upstairs fireplace. It was easier to put it in first, then the fireplaces, then the rest of the railings.
Parts for interior railings.
Parts for fireplaces and the chimney, unpainted resin.
Railings were fairly straightforward with the spindle piece fitting into grooves in the top and bottom rails, with posts fitting into notches on the end. Part A is put onto the end of one railing so that the second railing end can be fitted into it at a right angle. It lends stability.
I painted the railings with the mix of slate blue and hippo gray. This small piece goes into the house first.
The fireplace pieces are painted with washes of gray and then randomly dry-brushed with burnt umber, dark green, and hippo gray.
I sanded the pieces a lot before I painted them to get them to fit precisely into place in the house.
First floor goes in with fireplace facing the bay window / front door side. A lip at the top hooks on to the second floor opening.
Second-floor fireplace faces away from the stairwell. When the two parts are in place, they create the illusion of the fireplace going all the way up through the house.
Now I added the rest of the upstairs railings.
Once railings and fireplaces were all installed, I put on the back piece of the roof.
2. The outdoor porch railings.
The porch railings were definitely more challenging!
There are three sets of porch railings, one for the corner by the front door, one running around from the front of the house toward the barn door, and one wrapping from barn door to the back of the house and the bathroom wall.
First, I glued the bottoms of the railings at a right angle.
I found it soooo much easier to paint the all the pieces before installing the railings.
The paint scheme for the spindles is similar to the windows. From top to bottom: winter blue, nautical blue, slate blue/ gray mix, trail tan.
The rest of the pieces I painted gray.
The spindles fit into groove in the railings, as do the end posts.
Posts fit into notches in the railings, thin part up.
The top rails fit across the upper posts. The whole piece slides in here. My roof didn’t sit down all the way correctly (I always have warpage), but I shimmed them into place.
The rest of the railings follow the same procedure–they’re just longer. Many more spindles to paint!
These fit nicely. I touched up the paint before gluing in place.
The back railing wrapping around to the bathroom wall.
Back railing. In this shot you can also see the chimney, painted like the fireplace, glued to the roof.
With railings and fireplace, the interior and exterior of this house is done! Touch-up as always, but that’s the build!
Next: Landscaping, which can be translated to any project.