Well, I just stepped back to take a look at my new stone foundation, and WHAT?! I love the grey color of the stone, but now the roof shingles are way too dark and heavy. Grrr…1 step forward, two steps back.
The original shingles are stained with English Walnut. I love the color, but now that I want to change it, the question is how? You may think, that’s easy – use watered down acrylic paint, but I am worried that the paint will not stick and look good over a solvent based stain. Using a grey stain will not work because with stain, the more coats of anything that you put on, the darker it gets- even with the antique white color stain. Boy, I wish that I had thought to do the roof with grey shingles.
Then it hit me! What did I use to weather trains and houses back when Les and I had an HO scale train layout? Chalk! I’ll bet that will work. Well, the first coat was light and OK, but not as weathered as I wanted it to be. Read on for my steps to success.
I started out with regular white chalk and a stiff brush. It was OK, but not sticking all that well. Then I remembered my big ole’ jar of Mary Kay face powder. I thought that it may have some type of cream or something in it so I tried it with a big, fluffy mop brush. YES ! That MK powder was no longer sitting unused in my cosmetics drawer. Yay!
OK, pretty good, but a second coat of powder did not seem to be sticking to the shingles. Enter Workable Fixatif. I sprayed the whole roof with a light coat and proceeded to add more powder. I sealed it with a final coat of Fixatif and could not be happier with the results. Now I have a weathered roof that looks like it was meant to be.
LOL, and all of this fuss over a dollhouse. I know, I’ve stepped over the edge, but you would be too if the mini bug bit you hard. 😅