Color selection time again, and this is supposed to be a Painted Lady, so we'll add another 2 colors to the house for this part of the project. The smooth background of the main band will be Violet Petal,
the massive lower molding is Plum,
and we'll match the main siding color by painting the upper molding Baby Pink.
After 3 coats of color, the pieces are ready to be applied
....but we have another surprise.
This part took a long time to figure out, but we finally have a great solution. A lot of the nicest Victorian homes have fishscale shingles on the side of the house as an accent - sometimes as a band around the house, sometimes used in the roof gables. Yes, that's what we're going to do here!
The idea sounds great but the execution isn't so easy. Not only would the detail work be very difficult, the shingles themselves that we've found are a little bit too large to look good on the side of the house. Also, the 3D effect of the shingles and the spaces between them don't seem to work when applied to the sides of the house. It may be that they actually use scalloped siding to get that effect, but we're not about to try to carve something like that ourselves!
After searching for something suitable, we came up with quite an unlikely solution.... MOLDED PLASTIC fishscale-patterned roofing sheets!
Perfect. We measure our gable triangles, cut them out,
and put them through the Gesso routine. One has a difficult cutout, just like we had to deal with in the lower siding, so we have to measure and cut out the keyed oval first.
After cutting and prepping the triangles, we paint them Phlox, the same color as the trim in the lower accent band of the house.
Now we need to apply these pieces to the 4 gables using Quick Grip. We start with the lower pieces,
, and as we work our way around, it's not too hard to add all of the pieces one after another.
Finally, we're going to pull the whole thing together by using a repeating series of ornate appliques
Since we want this to be a noticable accent, we can break out of the color scheme slightly and paint these an electric blue color called "Stars Forever". Not content with just a burst of color, we take it right over the top and and some shiny gold gilt to the leaf in the center of each shell and to the corns... or are they flaming torches, hmmm.
We'll put 3 into each gable band - the scallop shell appliques
will be in the center, with a pair of corn appliques
on each side.
We apply these around the entire house in the 4 bands and suddenly we have a house that's starting to get noticed.
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
Picture Frame Molding
Quick Grip Cement
You can get these supplies listed below in any hardware store:
2" width paint brush
Carpenter's Wood Glue