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Friday, March 26, 2010

Fit and Trim.....

I am not talking about exercise and diet....I am talking about making the trim on the townhouse more interesting. Or we could call this entry "Blue Painter's Tape is Also Our Friend..."

This morning I painted and glued on all of the vertical corner trims. It's another one of those jobs that I would just as soon get out of the way, because it's the pits.

As you can see, the more painter's tape the better, as far as I am concerned. The more you use, the fewer cracks between the boards where they meet at corners.

As I was doing it, I decided that the windows needed a bit more interest. I also decided that the peaks over the second and third story windows look more Colonial than Victorian in style. I don't think that they really add anything.

I would like to see some kind of cap trim on those windows, but not the stuff that was provided. The ones on the sides of the bay don't even fit between the vertical trim. They would have to be shaved on the ends to work. They stick out too far on either side of the window and make the space look crowded to me. I am going to have to do something about that.

I took a trip over to the one and only mini shop in Tucson to see what I could come up with. They were out of 1/16" double bead molding, so I will have to wait for that. I did get some 1/16" cove and some door and window trim molding. I also got some interior door knobs and some Chrysnbon plain white dishes. Nothing very exciting. Just needed materials.

When I returned, I got to work and painted a lot of the cove molding gold. I lined the inner edge of each window frame with that and edged the cross bars in the center with it also. Then I did the inner edge of the door frame to match.

Tessie suggested the center of each half moon window should be gold also. She got her way. I figured it was better to agree to that, because if I held out, she would want the whole house gold leafed.

I have to get those darned books about fancy houses and castles away from her and hide them.

She seems to be happy with the resultant door and windows.(so far)

I need to go back and get the hinge on the other two thirds of the bay so that it will open and close without falling to the floor. Another job that I hate. Wish me luck!

Back to work.

See you tomorrow.


Debbie said...

Casey you and Tessie seem to be flying along with the construction of Spiderwort Manor. xx

Kathi said...

Your new trim is MUCH better than the original. Looks just fancy enough. Love the touches of gold too.

Norma said...

That little bit of gold on the frames is an inspired touch Casey, adds a nice little bit of interest. And yes I can imagine that Her Majesty would be very keen on a gold palace! Ah, how boring the world would be without Tessie ;)

Peach Blossom Hill said...

Gosh, it's beautiful! At least you can pop over to Tucson. To go to a B&M dollhouse store anywhere 'near' me is a four hour drive to Charleston, SC--something I wouldn't want to do in a day!