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Painted gable


I've aged the gables with white paint crackled over a black-grey base as I did for the siding and the connectors. The crackle didn't work as well on these pieces, but it still looks aged since I lifted some of the paint with a paper towel while it was wet. I probably should have put two coats of crackle medium on since the wood seemed to really soak it up. Now that the gables are also in the aged white finish, it's really starting to look like a cohesive build. I've painted the gable window trim black-grey. I doubt I will leave it dark but instead crackle white paint over this layer. I like the idea of the door being the main focal point and everything else looking in a state of disrepair. Plus, I think it will start to look more whimsical instead of creepy if I make the house all black, white and red.

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I put a skim coat of spackle on a lot of the trim pieces to help hide the poor quality of the wood (and to 'beef' them up a bit too). Then lightly sanded w/ wet/dry paper - (I remember these windows drove me crazy - especially the casement windows and trying to make them 'pivot' on the little wooden 'nub' that is supposed to be the 'hinge'! Horrible! I have a feeling you will swap them out with other components - which is what I should have done!)

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