As you know I am chronicling the step-by-step process of building the Victoria Farmhouse Dollhouse Kit. My first post was an introductory piece, I spent several hours inventorying all the dollhouse parts and gathering all the materials I would need to assemble the dollhouse.
The next step in building the dollhouse is painting the outside clapboard pieces of the dollhouse. I found premium paint at my local hardware store that was on clearance. There are often smaller paint cans that are on clearance because of mistints that a perfect for finishing dollhouses.
I first sanded the clapboard with a 320 grit sandpaper. I then added a thin coat of paint onto the clapboard, waited for it to dry, then sanded, and painted, again. You want a thin layer of paint for each coat, as to not ruin the clapboard texture. Because I used premium paint, I only needed two coats of paint. Depending on the paint quality and the color choice it could take three coats.
Paint all the pieces of clapboard with two or three coats of paint.
The next step once the clapboards are painted is to stain the dollhouse shingles. To stain the shingles, I first gathered the materials I would need. I used four large disposable aluminum pans, slotted shovel or slotted spoon, latex gloves, and a dark stain (I used Ebony).
First, I poured some stain onto the bottom of one of the aluminum pans, then I added shingles, a little more stain, and then I mixed it all with my slotted shovel.
Once the shingles were mixed, I removed them from the stain mixture with the slotted shovel and placed them into another aluminum pan to dry. I repeated this process several times until all three aluminum pans were full of stained shingles.
The shingles take several days to dry. Stir and move shingles in the pan each day to keep them from sticking together and to help promote drying.