We spent a couple of days at friends’ this weekend but luckily we have a long weekend, so I got to add a flurry of activity to a couple of my current projects and feel like I have achieved something already even though it’s not even 2pm in the afternoon.

I bought additional shingles to finish the roof (the same item from the same retailer) got it in the post and unfortunately these shingles are a dramatically different colour to the original ones I purchased.  These are the unstained ones I purchased and ran out of below.

Two Roof Templates (one with not enough Shingles) Prior to Staining

Two Roof Templates (one with not enough Shingles) Prior to Staining

I was going to wait until I had finished the incomplete area prior to staining but I went ahead and stained them today.

Shingles Post Staining with New Shingles in Centre for Colour Comparison

Shingles Post Staining with New Shingles in Centre for Colour Comparison

The pile lying in the centre there are the new shingles I bought.  My stain is called ‘Maple’ and the shingles are red cedar.  I think I will add the unstained new shingles to the roof and try to work with that.  Maybe my dollhouse had some storm trouble and had to have repairs done to the roof at some point?

I needed to strip the window trim from the house (hideous!).  Whoever made the house used woodglue on it, so it was not going to come off easily. Luckily DB came to the rescue with a multi tool that had a kind of chisel/saw that I could use to try to cut into the gap between the trim and the walls to aid in prying the bits off with a paint stripper.  I gouged into the walls in a couple of places, but have saved some sawdust to use to fill in the divots I made.

Obviously these had to Go...

Obviously these had to Go…

Dollhouse Window in the middle of Stripping Trim

Dollhouse Window in the middle of Stripping Trim

The stripping part was mildly cathartic.

I also had to remove some more hideous (this time hideous hinges) from the roof.  It has ugly bits that stick up and won’t allow the roof template to lie flat after I adhere it to the roof, as well as having the middle of the hinge sticking up into the air like some non-functioning chimney.

The Hideous Hinge in all it's glory

The Hideous Hinge in all it’s glory

So I had some fun ripping off bits of trim and un screwing the horrible hinge.

DollHouse in the Midst of Stripping the Trim

DollHouse in the Midst of Stripping the Trim

I went into an art store on Saturday to ask about a texture medium I was thinking about using to approximate stucco on the outside of the house.  I got some impasto medium on advice from the store manager and managed to slop it on the outside walls and a little on the inside walls.  I thought it would dry matt, but it has a bit of a sheen to it, so I will get some matt paint and go over it to finish it but overall I am happy with the texture it was able to create. Next step after will be to add the exterior tudor style trim to the sides.

So far so good... The Side of House after 2 Coats of Impasto

So far so good… The Side of House after 2 Coats of Impasto

I’ve ordered my wallpaper for the interior of the house.  It should arrive in the next couple of days. I am using scrapbooking paper and only intend to paper the far rear walls of the house and to leave the ceilings, room divider walls and side walls white (well that is the plan now … will see how it goes).

Here is a little mockup I did in Photoshop of how I would like to paper the house. (excuse the photoshop just get the ‘vibe’ ok!)

Dollhouse Colour Scheme - Scrapbooking Paper by October Afternoon

Dollhouse Colour Scheme – Scrapbooking Paper by October Afternoon

So… what do you think about it?