How I Painted My Dollhouse Exterior and Built the Roof

How I Painted My Dollhouse Exterior and Built the Roof

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.

How I Painted My Dollhouse Exterior and Built the Roof How I Painted My Dollhouse Exterior and Built the Roof How I Painted My Dollhouse Exterior and Built the Roof

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.

How I Painted My Dollhouse Exterior and Built the Roof

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)

How I Painted My Dollhouse Exterior and Built the Roof

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.

How I Painted My Dollhouse Exterior and Built the Roof

How I Painted My Dollhouse Exterior and Built the Roof

How I Painted My Dollhouse Exterior and Built the Roof

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.

How I Painted My Dollhouse Exterior and Built the 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?

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