Our family wanted to put a little free library outside our painted lady Victorian house in San Francisco, and we decided that we wanted to replicate some of the ornamental style of our house in small scale. We knew we weren’t going to be able to translate all of the details down to miniature size, but we wanted to include enough so that it would fit in as a little painted lady.
Oh, and if you’re interested, you can see more pictures and follow our activity on Instagram at @paintedladieslibrary.
- We started by doing some rough measurements of lengths and angles.
- Then I designed the shapes to cut in Illustrator.
- Next, we cut out all the pieces on the Glowforge. Other than one redesign of the dentils, I was shocked that everything fit on the library perfectly the first time!
- Here’s a closeup of the detailing after painting. We later added some scalloping to the little eave across the bottom. Everything except the round pieces (just little wooden caps from the hardware store) was made on the Glowforge. The dentils (little teeth-like things under the soffit) were made from alternating flat shapes stacked on top of each other and then glued together.
- Finally, we engraved a wooden sign to hang in the window.
- Here’s a shot of the finished result in front of its much bigger inspiration. Pretty happy with how this project came out, especially with our 3 kids (7, 5, and 8 months) “helping” out along the way! We managed to make it a fun family project, with everyone chipping in on the painting (except many the littlest one — she mostly provided moral support).
Some more pictures lower in the comments. vvv