This page was last updated: October 29, 2007
We're not in Kansas anymore!
The first step was to move the house from the living room to my worktable in the family room - no cold garages for me! I then removed all of the windows and outside trim. Next I sanded the original stucco finish to make it smoother. I then applied the "siding" per Sherise's instructions but I think it was a little harder to do with the house already put together and the wall vertical. It took me several tries of applying the "mud", removing it and trying again until I was satisfied. Some of the siding is a little crooked but that adds to the effect. I didn't apply the siding to the tower - I had other plans for it!
The Sunshine House was the first dollhouse I made way back in 1985. But after almost 20 years I decided it was time for a change. I'd grown tired of "cutesy" Victorian minis so inspired by Sherise Landrey's Shadow Row House as well as Deb Weissler's Witch Cottage and Margene Crossan's creations (all found in the Sept/Oct 2003 issue of the American Miniaturist magazine) I thought I would change the Sunshine House into a not so cutesy Gothic house. Some say it's my dark side coming out! You are invited follow along in the making of Darkside Manor.
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I wanted to do a crackle finish so painted the house with a base coat of brown. Working on one section of the house at a time, I applied the crackle medium, let it dry for about 20 minutes and then applied a top coat of antique white.
I thought about making all new window frames the decided to just embellish the old ones. Not thinking my hands are steady enough to use Sherise's technique (applying the mud with a pastry bag) I used some trimming ribbon and small dowels instead. I glued these to the old frames and then painted them white. New I'll antique them so they don't look so new.
Some of the new residents???
I found these mini Night of the Living Dead dolls at Spencer Gifts.