Monday, January 30, 2017

Sea-worn Beach House

I have a new blog called I have migrated all of this content to the new blog in addition to new crafty posts. I hope to see you there. Thank you. Lucy

This is my most recent cardboard house - the Sea-worn Beach House. The goals with this little house were to make a wraparound porch, add the siding BEFORE cutting out the windows and doors, add dormers, and use different colors.

I did pretty well for the most part. I added dormers to the roof which are a serious pain trying to get them to stick on with regular glue because they kept sliding up or down depending on how I was pushing on them while waiting for the glue to hold. And I did ok with the colors. I chose blues primarily because I wanted to enter this month's Frilly and Funkie challenge "Winter Hues". I think these colors can have a spooky vibe without being out and out Halloweeny. I did glue the siding on the house before cutting out the windows (an idea I learned from watching one of Tim Holtz' videos on making the Village Manor - great idea!) but I didn't do it for the tiny dormers. The dormers would have looked much better if I had done it like I did the house. It was so much easier than "my glue each tiny piece in place" technique after windows, etc. are already cut out.

But the wraparound porch?? I just couldn't get the angles right and my lopsided prototype looked funny with such a tall, narrow house with a steep roof. The front porch was the best I could do.

My brother, the cabinet maker, helped me by cutting the stairs from scrap wood in his shop. Cutting tiny pieces of wood is probably more dangerous than cutting large sheets because your fingers are closer to the saw blade. We were debating about the steps being too tall or not and he said,  "Nobody is going to use them. We don't have to build to code." I laughed.

I noticed on this view that I didn't add a chimney. That will just have to be on the house punch list and done later. I just plain forgot. The painters need to do some touching up as well. 
Two LED tea lights make this house light up nicely. I made the base with a space for the two lights. I also lined the inside of the house with metallic tape to reflect the light better. It might actually be too much. What do you think?

I'm also going to use this house as a sample when I talk to people at Habitat for Humanity. I hope to do that this week.

It's more winter-like weather here again this week. I hope everybody is staying warm. Thank you for reading my blog.


  1. I do love sea themed projects and this reminds me of time-worn houses in New England and Nova Scotia that have been aged by salty winds from the ocean. I love the way you did the porch and the roof looks amazing! This one might just be my new favourite... Anne x

  2. I love this one too, Lucy! (and, as always, John cracks me up) ;)

  3. Wow! This is an amazing 3-D project! You captured the weather-worn look of an old Cape Cod home perfectly here. The details are fantastic...right down to your "not built to code" stairs. I can't even imagine how long it took you to do this. I can almost hear the winter surf crashing on the icy shore at this cottage by the sea! Thanks so much for sharing with us at the Frilly and Funkie Winter Hues Challenge!

  4. I saw this on pinterest and loved it. Great to double story it, and I so want to live there right by the beach!

  5. This is absolutely incredible! Would it be okay for me to spend the summer there? Thanks for joining us for the "Winter Hues" challenge over at Frilly & Funkie.

  6. Love this version, and I had a good laugh at your post, too! I've lived in a few beach houses and none of them had a fireplace, so you should be good! So happy to see you joining the challenge at Frilly and Funkie!

  7. Well done with your Top 3 over at F+F...such a cool beach house ;0)

  8. Oh Lucy! How happy I am to see your name among the top 3 at Frilly & Funkie! So well deserved! Hugs, Autumn

  9. Wow, this is such a cool house! Congrats on being one of the winners at Frilly & Funkie. =)