I wanted to get started, which means I had to paint the outside of the house. This IS a step that could wait until later – but as I am using spray paint, it didn’t seem so logical.
That’s after 2 coats of primer! This MDF is very thirsty.
I ended up doing 5… and then a coat of paint. (not pictured)
So I tackled the little wood pieces while that dried. I didn’t get a before picture because I totally spaced it. Pictured is:
2 Interior Doors
1 Exterior Door
All of the assorted spindles and railings and whatnot to go with 2 stairs
I stained them with the Jacobean Minwax and it turned out perfect! I really love this colour. One of the important tricks I have learned in working tiny is that dark wood looks more “real” than light wood. Light wood looks like some flimsy cheap pine (which, errrrr, it may be) but as soon as you make it dark it looks much more impressive. It also helps that generally, my personal taste runs towards the deeper wood tones.
A close-up of the interior door. As you can see, there is quite a bit of variation in the wood. There may in fact be more than one KIND of wood in this – would not surprise me. It’s super, super porus (was seeping in on the other side) and just generally crazy – in a good way of course. ;)
There’s also some glue marks as you can kind of see. I have not decided what to do about them, yet. I may 1) ignore them 2) paint them gently 3) something else. I am not going to try to sand them out – this is too delicate.
The posts for the stairs. You can see where the wood just exploded with character. I love it! It looks really aged, which is exactly what I wanted.
I also felt the need to share this view with you. At the top, where the tiny windows are, you can kind of see that they sit in a groove. It took a little effort but I managed to stain the entire groove. Very unlikely anybody will get to any angle to see it, but I could not leave it be.
And a close-up of one of the interior doors. You all seem to enjoy my artistic wood photos, so there you go. :)
I am debating what to do for the finish. I COULD leave it be – wear and tear is not an issue here – but I’m not keen on the surface appearance. I would prefer it have some sheen. Ideally I’d like to be able to mimick normal use – so shinier in the least-touched places and build up a little – but I’m not sure how to go about it, precisely.
Suggestions are always welcome. :)
Not sure what I am going to tackle next… aside from finishing applying the exterior paint. (Needs 2 coats tomorrow)