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.
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.
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).
Ohmygosh, this is amazing! I love all the detail and that it matches your house. Of course your neighbors will be wanting one too. Maybe they can specialize in something different, like canned goods or something.
Thanks everyone for the kind feedback! I have always admired the polish that others have achieved in their projects, and since I have literally never painted anything before (“Excuse me, but what is primer and do I need it?”) I really wasn’t sure if this was going to come out how I hoped. Here are a few more pictures if folks are interested: