Roof update

Flipping my mini house

I didn’t want to bore you, but when my friend Katie assured me that an update about the progress of my mini house’s roof would “fascinate” her, I couldn’t say no. Here are a few photos of its current state.

Mini house roof update. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Mini house roof update. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Mini house roof update. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Mini house roof update. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Making progress on the roof

Flipping my mini house

Here’s a look at how my shingle installation is going.

Step one: Paint a bunch of shingles, let them dry.

Start your installation at a bottom corner, as shown.

The first shingles going into place. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

The first shingles going into place. Photo by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Some of these are fishscale shingles, more appropriate for a Victorian style house. You can use them with the rounded part buried under other layers, as I’m doing. I actually prefer them to the rectangular kind because the scalloped edge seemed to keep them from curling a little.

A little more progress on the roof...

When you start your next layer, stagger these shingles. This means you’ll break a shingle in half, and start your row with it, so your seams do not line up, the way real shingles are layered.

If you have a variety of colors going on, like I do, be sure to mix them up.

If a couple of your shingles seem to be glued into place too low, you can carefully trim off a bit to even them up.

Drawing lines on your roof ahead of time as a guide would probably make the job easier.

Here’s where I’m at right now. I’m almost done with the carport. I have a lot of roofing ahead of me. Too bad I don’t have a cooler full of tiny beers.

Shingle progress at Flip This (Mini) House. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Trying out paint colors on shingles

Flipping my mini house
Painting dollhouse shingles. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Painting dollhouse shingles. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

I’m trying out paint colors on shingles. I’ve decided to go with a mix of yellows and browns. You may be tempted to shingle your house and paint it later, since this is much faster than painting shingles individually. I think it’s worth the extra time to paint them individually, varying the color a bit from shingle to shingle, so your finished product looks more realistic.

I will show you where to start applying your shingles soon!

More shingles. The fishscale style are fine for my house -- I'll just keep the round part hidden beneath other layers.

More shingles. The fishscale style are fine for my house — I’ll just keep the round part hidden beneath other layers.

It takes a long time, but this is what television is for. So you can watch it, guilt-free, while accomplishing mindless projects like painting 8 zillion mini shingles.

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