I haven't accomplished much on the mini-house so far this week; I'm sick. I'm not horribly sick, I'm just fighting a bit of the cold that's been going around up here, but it's fatiguing. I may stay home today instead of going to my sister-in-law's house for Thanksgiving dinner and birthday cake, I haven't decided yet.
I have two house updates. First the miniature....
Because the headboard is attached to the back wall, which swings open, I can't prop pillows against it. To remedy this, I cut a piece of plastic packaging, slipped it between the sheets, then pinned it in place.
I made a couple of flat no-sew pillows to prop against it, I'm going to sew and stuff two fuller ones to set in front of those. (The cat pillow is from Brae.)
I also stained the planter box and planted the palm.
The house was inspected this week. It was built in 1940ish so has some issues, but structurally it's solid as a rock (ha!). There are three issues considerable enough that Kate needs to get repair quotes for, then her realtor will renegotiate her offer. The house needs all the windows replaced, the electric rewired (possibly), and the bathroom remodeled, as the subfloor in the bathroom is bad and the tiling was done poorly. There are other, lesser, issues as well, but those can be handled later.
I'm almost done with the critical list, I just need to finish wiring the retrofitted lamps. But...the strip lights on the ceiling don't work anymore and there's not a damned thing I can do about it. :(
I feel better knowing I'm far enough long that I can enter the contest as is, even though the house isn't technically done yet. I'm not going to work anymore today though, I'm going to watch a movie while soaking in a bubble bath, cry about the broken lights, and drink a bit too much expensive scotch.
There's nothing like the first coat of gesso to show you that your prep work was grossly insufficient.
There was much more sanding, filling, sanding, etc, yesterday morning before I started painting the roof. The prep work left such a hodge-podge of colors, between the white gesso, tan MDF and red filler, that my first layer was a thick coat of black, to give the roof a consistent color.
After that dried completely I spent several hours painting and sanding innumerable coats of white paint until the roof was beautifully pristine. I hated it. After a netflix break, I assaulted it with a sanding sponge until it looked a bit weathered, then rubbed on a few layers of eggshell colored wax finish, to tone it down a bit.
After I was satisfied with the roof I did some touch ups on the supporting beams. Then, with the painting finally complete, I was able to remove the tape and film from the plexiglass.
Oh yeah! Whoo! I am super excited to get the trim and mullions done today, I want to see what it's going to look like finished.