Friday, January 27, 2012

Painted roof

So I did kind of mess up the roof at first. I painted it with some paint I already had that seemed to be very dark grey. It was too dark. So I tried again with a lighter version by mixing the dark grey with the trim light grey colour. The trouble was the dark grey had a lot of blue so the roof ended up looking kind of grey-blue which didn't look right next to the grey trim.

So I tried painting it again with the light grey trim paint and that looked sort of insipid and not great either. I was starting to sort of not like the house anymore. Between you and me it wasn't the first moment when I had regretted the whole enterprise.
Finally I decided I would have to buy some new paint and found the perfect slate grey in a matte finish from my local paint shop. Then I layered on a lighter grey by mixing it with the trim grey. And finally I like my house again.

I had assembled and primed the doors already, so I also painted the front door in a nice dull red that creates a nice classic dolls' house colour scheme of grey, cream-white and red. The door has a lion knocker on it as well that I bought from the UK on Ebay. For some reason when I had barely started my kit I had always had the idea to get a lion door knocker, so it was nice to finally find one I liked. It also came nicely antiqued. The door isn't attached yet, I need to buy some hinges and doorknobs as well. Does anyone know where to find some that aren't shiny brass?

Now it's time to finish the interior walls so I can add the interior trim so I can attach the windows and doors. Oh, and I have to assemble and paint the windows and doors...

7 comments:

Patricia Anne McGoldrick said...

This little house is a work of art!

Rachel said...

It's looking great Claire! I've thought the same myself about the doorknobs and hinges, I bought shiny ones but think I may paint them. You could try antiquing them, would say shoe polish work?

Claire Louise Milne said...

What a compliment, thank you Patricia!

Thank you Rachel! I'm not sure about antiquing, oddly I think they are often gold plated so that they don't require polishing. If I figure it out I'll share :)

Beth Lemon said...

I just love your blog! I have never seen darker hardware but I feel like this stuff called Rub N Buff from Michael's would work. They have it in different "patinas." Also if the hardware is real brass, there are tutorials online for how to age it. Good luck.

Jend222 said...

OMG! It's gorgeous! I absolutely adore the grey roof (as I knew I would) and love love love the front door. You are so talented!

Freddy Wingfried said...

A simple yet noble-looking house. The color of the roof made it look more elegant, but what's more interesting is the color of the door. It stands out from the rest of the house design.

losting said...

Did you ever find a doorknob that wasn't shiny brass? Or did you end up treating yours? I'm nearing that stage with my house.

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