Greenleaf Annabelle Dollhouse Project

Chapter 11

It's been a while since I've posted a chapter, and there are several reasons for that. The work has gotten very detailed, and I haven't been spending the time to work on the house, so it's just been sitting there for a while.

Recent work has centered around the porch railing and the roof shingles. I thought it would be fun to add most of the colors from the house onto the porch railing, but it has turned into a very slow process. There are 8 separate colors in the balusters, and I haven't even decided on all the colors for the larger posts yet. So painting the porch railing has turned into a long term project. I only have the patience to do about 30 minutes of detail painting at a clip, and then I have to stop because it's too intense. I can do this 3 or 4 times during a weekend, so this has turned into many months already, and I'm only about half done. Here's what the railings look like so far.

I've also started on the roof shingles. I picked up 2 packages of 1,000 octagon butt cedar shingles for the job.

It took a long time to decide on the color, but I finally found something I like. The color is Plum, a very bright purple color, but I'm not going to paint the shingles directly.

Grabbing a big glass bowl from the kitchen, I pour a bunch of paint into the bowl, and then add some water. Then I dump the whole bag of 1,000 shingles in, and mix them up in the watery paint for about 15 minutes, constantly moving everything around until they're all covered with the gooey mixture.This is a very messy procedure, I got paint all over me and all over the sink.

Beforehand, I prepared a large sheet of cardboard by dumping about a quarter pound of uncooked spagetti on it and spreading it out. Next, I take the shingles out of the bowl in small handfulls and spread them around on the cardboard, trying to make sure not too many stick together. After leaving them to dry overnight, I gather them up and dump them in a box. I repeat the whole thing again with the other bag of shingles and mix them all together.

The first section to work on will be the porch roof sections.

I work on the big flat sections first, and leave a little extra shingle hanging over the edges. Once I start working on the small section near the dining room, I have to place the porch roof onto the house so that the angle is correct before adding those shingles.

The shingle work is easy and fun when doing the middle parts. We use 2 rows of Tacky Glue on the roof, and then lay the shingles on the glue. It sticks right away and holds on the steeply sloped roof, but still allows for adjustments when a row isn't straight.

The installation gets very difficult at the edges, especially with all the angled gables on this house.

This has slowed me down quite a bit, and I've sorta been avoiding it for a while. Cutting the shingles isn't difficult, but cutting them correctly is very hard!

I've also started working on the front entry, but I still haven't decided how to finish it. I put 3 shades of purple around the edge, and painted t the background of the sunrise in Baby Blue.

That completes our eleventh chapter on the house. We can't really call it weekends anymore since we're spacing the work out over a longer period of time. In any case, here's what our Annabelle looks like now:

What's Next
In the next chapter, we'll continue with the shingles, front door, and other assorted finish details.
If you'd like to do this project along with us, we can special-order all the parts you need. Here's what we've bought so far:

Greenleaf Annabelle Dollhouse Kit $169.95
Cir-Kit Deluxe Wiring Kit $109.95
Real Wood Siding 24" x 3" with 1/2" board spacing $2.95 ea
Hobbyist Tool Kit $49.95
Brass Hammer $11.95
Gesso, 32oz bottle $11.95
metal file set $12.95
Assembled Curved Stairway $39.95
Sunburst Door
Clapboard Siding
Picture Frame Molding
Copper Foil
Quick Grip Cement

and other items which we'll update later. You can get these supplies listed below in any hardware store:
2" width paint brush
masking tape
Carpenter's Wood Glue

Stay tuned for our recap of the twelfth chapter, coming soon!

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