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By Just G
This is my first dollhouse restoration and so glad to have found this site. I researched prior to buying and read for your first one, you should start small, a room box or small home. Well, I came across this large grand old farmhouse needing to be completed, one look and I was smitten; I bought the Farm. I have not seen any other one like it, nor when searching S/W Crafts does anything come up. If there is anyone that knows about this company and history I would be thrilled to know. The home I now own is S/W Crafts, Inc Country Estate Doll house.
I have the original build instructions which looks a bit vintage and the lady I purchased it from, her Father-in-law built it with the intention of her finishing. Well obviously that never happened because it had been in storage for quite a few years and is in fairy good shape, just needs lots of TLC.
Thanks for reading!
The flat roof of the dormer is finished in a faux-asphalt, achieved by base coating the roof with a thick layer of very dark, almost-black grey paint (I had leftovers from a quart bought for another project—use what you have, of course, but the paint does have to be on the roof fairly thickly), and then sprinkling a heavy, even dusting of black craft sand over the paint and gently (and very flat-ly), pressing the sand into the paint. Don't press so hard that you make the paint drip off the flat roof's edges! The paint becomes the base color and the adhesive. Be very patient, this takes a long time to dry.
When dry, shake off the excess/ non-adhered sand (I put mine back into the container I keep it in, to reuse at another time), and you should have a very realistic asphalt look.