How I Painted My Dollhouse Exterior and Built the Roof
I’m writing this post several weeks late. Life got a little hectic. But a few weeks ago I did paint the dollhouse exterior with a primer spray paint. I really didn’t like the coverage at all.
I did more this weekend, but thought I’d break out the posts. I should have written this one already. Oh well.
After I had the entire house walls constructed and trim, I used some wood filler and spray painted it.
It was really cold out and I don’t think it did a great job.
Also, I don’t like how the wood filler almost feels like it disappeared in spots. As I look closely at the house I feel it’s not really that great of quality work, but I’m in too deep.
What do you use to fill in gaps? I had bought some Elmers Wood Filler and it’s so thick I can barely get it out of the tube. Frustrating.
I decided to move onto the roof.
My Removable Dollhouse Roof
As with this entire process, everything is an afterthought. I am laughing at how poorly I am planning this out since I’m such a big planner.
I didn’t make the gable (is that what you call it) on this house a perfect 45 degree angle. And, determining how I was going to cut anything for a roof felt impossible.
I got some advice from my brother and here’s what I came up with.
I test cut this idea before I had painted – sorry it’s a little out of order. The idea to make two of these supports that would sit on the wall sides with a roof on top seemed to make more sense.
I painted the outside and then let it sit with me for a bit before I redesigned it to a better look.
I wanted the outside to be more decorative, and since the interior one would be next to the upper window I just kept it basic.
I cut those from my Glowforge after I designed them in Adobe Illustrator and painted them with a stain stick. I actually cut from 1/8 inch and doubled up. I didn’t have any 1/4 wood for this. This is wood so I can get the grain (not MDF)
Since I didn’t want to go out to my garage in the cold to try and miter the roof I cut one longer than the other and just put them together – but first I covered the ceilings with a faux shiplap I designed in Photoshop. I should have weaved the pattern together after I printed it.
You can see the shiplap when the roof is on where it overhangs on the exterior but I’m okay with that. It’s not a perfect solution but when I opted to go with a gable in the front I felt like it needed some kind of roof.
I ordered some materials for the roofing but it’s taking forever to get in.
I am trying to decide if I want to paint the window trim black too. On the example house I showed in this post it’s not painted black and no shutters. I kind of like that look.
And, I need to touch it up a lot with paint and filler.
But for that I got a lot done.
I’m not sure MDF was the best choice. Painting sure does change things doesn’t it?