|Project by Sam12||posted 01-25-2015 06:44 AM||1406 views||1 time favorited||10 comments|
It was only supposed to be a simple shed roof over my back door to keep the rain from drenching me while I was trying to unlock it. As you can see my ‘simple shed roof’ turned into a new door, light, and re-siding a portion of my house. The good news is the roof serves its original function: I no longer get soaked when I need to unlock my back door during inclement weather. The bad news, however, is that the new roof, door, and light look so good that the rest of the house now is in sore need of some updating! Guess I know what I will be doing this summer!
The entry way roof is approximately 6’ wide. I used rough sawn cedar for the trim, pine bead board for the ceiling and 1/2” MDO for the green triangles with the hummingbird cut-outs. My two favorite features are the ‘sky scene’ ceiling and the hummingbird cut-outs (pictures 4 and 5 respectively). Years ago I read that many Victorian era houses had porches with a ‘sky scene’ painted on the ceiling. Since reading that I decided that someday my house would have such a ceiling. Unfortunately, since I don’t have a house with a giant covered porch, the ceiling in the roof over my back door will have to do!
The hummingbird cut-outs were so much fun to do. I used an old stencil that I found in my stash to create the image. First I made a template of the triangular shape, using 1/4” luan, and traced the stencil on it then cut it out. Once I had it cutout I checked for correct size and orientation of the bird. I then transferred the whole thing to a piece of 1/2” MDO which would serve as the final product. Next it was off to use my favorite tool; a 21” Excalibur scroll saw. A little sanding, a couple of coats of exterior paint and my hummingbird accents were completed. They turned out really great and I am very proud of them. The best thing about these cutouts is that they are lined up just right so at night the light shines through them and casts a shadow of a hummingbird on the siding.
It was, as I said, the project that ate my summer; but, if every rehab project is that much fun then I will serve future summers up to it on a silver platter!
Thanks for looking!