I knew from the beginning that I didn't want to use the original kit porch posts. Something about diecut wood to make square posts just seems ridiculous. So I bought a pack of Lilliput porch posts to substitute, Unfortunately, these were too short to use! Back to the drawing board!
What I came up with was to cut a bit of length off of the bottom of the porch posts-I know. I said they were too short to start with, so I solve this by making them shorter?! Yes. I do.
I used some of the original gingerbread from the kit to make up the difference. Here's what I did:
|The wood wasn't in great shape on the ends, which is fine, because I intended to cut them off.|
|So I cut off both ends of the gingerbread so they edge was flush with the "post"|
|I sanded the edges smooth, but left the joints and fronts rough to give a worn look.|
|Then I added some details to the porch posts and the gingerbread. I painted the rings on the posts Ultramarine Blue by Americana.|
|And added a little bit of flare detail to the gingerbread, using the same color.|
|Then, painstakingly and with some muttering, I glued it all together. The door and window trim is Titanium White and a mixture of Ultramarine Blue and Dolphin Grey.|
|The step will be entirely stone and the foundation will continue around the porch base. Good thing Brae sent me so many eggcarton parts!!!|