Monday, January 14, 2013
Siding the Beacon Hill
The next step after the Mansard roof on the Beacon Hill is to put together the porch, which has a bazillion pieces. I've been slowly assembling the porch, but you have to sand and paint each piece (multiple times), so it's taking a while. Then I realized that once the porch was done, I couldn't put it on until I sided that part of the house. I do NOT want to have to side it AFTER I put the porch on. I'm getting wiser about How to Not Mess Up My Dollhouse as I go along.
The siding is super thin and can easily break. I read online to use Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue with things like siding, so I was prepared with my bottle. You're supposed to line up your siding, measure above it, draw a pencil line on the dollhouse shell, and then glue on the next piece. With the size of the Beacon Hill, I calculated this would take me 89.6 years.
Here is where it's helpful to be self-aware. I know myself. I know that taking that much time to make the siding perfect would destroy the Fun Factor. Me? It's OK if my siding isn't perfectly aligned. I don't mind at all. I think this comes from living in a LOT of rental properties. The paint on every wall I've ever lived in has been like 2 inches thick due to repainting over a period of 100 years, so I'm used to things looking a bit... not perfect. No problem!
And I know from looking on the box that the edges will all be covered with trim, so the siding didn't all have to be the same length, either. Awesome.
I put on the siding by (Pa and Beloved GASP WITH HORROR) eyeballing it:
And now the whole porch area is ready to go. Easy as pie! Of course, now I realize I need to paint the porch bottom...
This house hasn't changed much in many years because I stalled on construction for so long. Having it change little by little is exciting and a bit strange. I walked out into the living room today and noticed the house looks so much more "finished" with siding on it. Of course, now all of this siding will have to be painted... multiple times.