Saturday, February 13, 2010

My Miniature Haunted Mansion Renovation: Painting the exterior!

I'm a full time college student in Mortuary Science and this last week was my first round of exams. I had Thanatochemistry, Jurisprudence, and Management II. There were times late at night that I just needed to relax and put the books down. I started to work on my Haunted Mansion renovation project again! This is my own personal dollhouse and not for sale. It's a 1:12 scale cedar kit that I purchased for about $40. It was in terrible shape, water damaged, dusty, pieces put on upside down or backwards... I had a lot of fun tearing it apart and rebuilding it! It has 3 floors with no room partitions. It did have 2 horrible flights of stairs right in the center cutting through the space- I took a hammer and pair of plyers to that. While smoothing over some of the joints and dings with filler, I did leave many of the imperfections because it is after all, a spooky home for odd residents.

My color scheme was inspired initially by a Martha Stewart article on incorporating subtle greens into a Halloween scheme. I want a haunted mansion that I can decorate year round rather than something that was strictly a black and orange Halloween theme.

I bought several used books on Victorian and Gothic style and Painted Ladies. Some pictures that were inspirational are below:
Above a delapidated entry way of a once grand Victorian home.

Subtle greens...
Intense purple with odd lemon creme and sage accents...

So the ideas of color are floating around in my head as I glue all the spooky do-dadds and edging onto the exterior of the house. I used plastic bats over the windows, repurposed Christmas ornaments as spires, jewelry findings, felt web cutouts, plastic garden gating, and disarticulated bits of plastic skeletons... and whatever else I could glue to it!


Next, I spray painted the whole exterior with a flat black and then touched it all up with a gloss black. The windows are covered in tape at this point to protect them.

Then the crackle medium was applied over the wood panelling and wood edging. Next I painted the base color coat of pale lilac with the black showing through the crackle, giving it an aged appearence.

Now the detail colors: an olive green for the majority of edgin with areas of lime green and periwinkle. All the green areas are also coated with a glow in the dark paint that is not noticeable in the light. All of the fencing and bone details are painted in a cream color. Everything is inked in black and then drybrushed in pale sage green. Each panel is also shaded with a magenta ink. This might seem labor intensive but it didn't take too long actually. I put wear marks on raised surfaces, made rusted and water damage trails from underneath raised details like the flower beds, and simulated grime accumulation in corners.

I'll be basing the piece on a large circular board so I can build a yard with trees and a cemetary. I'll also be adding greenery and moss to the house itself, as if its overgrown with ivy. There's more on the way!

15 comments:

TreeFeathers said...

That is sooo cool! Love your use of color, you do a great job of getting that old spooky look using atypical colors! Also really cool to see how you did it all. When do we get to see a pic of it glowing in the dark?

- Grace

Briarwood Miniatures said...

It looks like an intense amount of work, but the effect is terrific. Well done!

Cia

Kimily said...

It is awesome so far!! I can't wait to see what you do with the interior.

dreamkeeperfae said...

I like the additions you made and the colours you used...

Good luck with the exams!

love, Andrea

Kayjay said...

What a fabulous house! Thanks for showing us how you did it, it's fascinating to see it all come together. And my two favourite colour combinations are green and purple. Can't wait to see you do more to this!!

Debbie said...

Love all the extras you've added, like the little dinky skulls, bats, bones etc. Looking forward to seeing more.. x

Peach Blossom Hill said...

Oh, Grim! This is absolutely divine! I have a very small, elementary-looking-by-comparison little witch's house but this makes me want a grand Halloween mansion one day! I love your inspiration photos and your progress so far!

Jody

Jeanne said...

Wonderful job! I love the colors! Creepy but cool.... Can't wait to see the interior! Are you keeping track of the number of hours you have in it?

So glad you stopped by... I'm Grimdeva said...

Thanx for all the positive responses! Well I haven't been keeping track of the time spent on this project- it would be a lot! I will take a pic of it glowing in the dark though ;)

Rose Farnsworth Davis said...

You make me want to put down MRS.T.BAGG and join you in the miniature world! Love the colors, the use of crackled paint and the overall spooky effects. Can't wait to see the end results...

Rose

Gaina said...

That looks like a fun project :).

The photograph of the house (4th down) looks like the location where 'Charmed' was filmed!

Yes, I'm a Witch who loved 'Charmed', what a cliché! haha.

Nacreous Alchemy said...

Oh, this is just amazing! I'm just in awe of all the detail work you've done so far.

Tiffany said...

This is really cool!

Debbie said...

There is an award over at my blog for you..x

Carolina Gonzalez said...

I love the colours you have chosen! What an amazing work you have done!

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