Gutters and downspouts, completed

by brae  

Finishing work on the gutters and downspouts.

The original kit intended for only the left side to have a downspout yet there would be gutters all around the front.  :\  Well, that wouldn't do!  Water would be pouring over the sides all over the entryway and porch.

The middle gutter required a diverted end to move away from the house and empty into the splash block.

I found a website with a flat bent downspout to help me figure out the shape I needed.

The last gutter required some demolition.  The cellar doors had to be moved over about 3/4" closer to the chimney.  There was room, but it was a pain prying the assembly off the base.  I built things securely.  Haaaaaa!  Anyway, I took no photos of the process since I worked fast to put it all back together.  I glued some new dirt cover over the bare spots and then needed to wait for that glue to dry.  I still have landscaping to finish besides, so it's not much of a big deal, just a speed bump.

With the cellar doors moved, the final side downspout could be finished without looking like a wet noodle stuck to the wall.  :]

To make the end caps for the gutters, I added pieces of cardstock cut to shape.

I sanded the edges and turns of the downspouts to be more rounded.

To give them a bit of age, I first painted some spots Terra Cotta by Americana, followed by crackle medium.  The rest of the pieces were painted black.  They look like coral snakes!  :D

When I painted white over the assemblies, the black paint toned down the brightness of the white overall, and the paint flaked where there was crackle medium.

With a slight Terra Cotta and brown wash, it became rusted flaked paint.  :D

I added an aging wash to the whole thing and then dirtied up the inner track since these are old gutters.  I painted some scraps of paper with the leftover paint washes and let them dry.

I punched as many maple leaves as I could from the scraps.

I smushed the leaves and glued them into the track, some sticking out over the top edge.

I glued in some moss material besides.

I then added a final brown wash.  Voilà!  Good and dirty gutters.  :D

I glued the assemblies to the house, and the downspouts helped hold the gutters in place while the glue dried.  At least there was none of this going on during the process.

The bottom ends of the downspouts aren't easily seen, but I did paint them black to give the illusion of being hollow.

I painted the splash blocks to look like concrete.

The straps are cardstock.  I cut them long so I would be able to work with them during the final fitting.

I painted the paper with a grey wash and then glued them in place.  The nails are just painted dots.  The straps are mostly decorative since the downspouts are glued in place.

It really adds that little something, no?

Grandma has no leaf screens, so looks like she'll need some yearly help getting these cleaned up.  :D

Left assembly.

Middle assembly.

Right assembly.

Almost done with the exterior!  Hooray!  :D

14 comments

Comment from: marilyn colvert [Visitor]
wonderful work!! are you going to include a rain barrel?
08/04/13 @ 17:37
Comment from: April [Visitor]
<3 the leaves in the gutters so much. Those coral snakes really worked out perfectly &#58;&#68;
08/04/13 @ 18:43
Comment from: Abbe PB [Visitor]
Something tells me Grandma's going to have to offer a lot to get help cleaning the gutters of the neighborhood haunted house! I've followed your dollhouse blogging on and off for several years now and I am always, always amazed by the little touches you add! I have definitely received a lot of inspiration for my current builds from you, and I look forward to reading your updates every day (or however often you are able to post). Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful work!
08/04/13 @ 19:42
Comment from: Margo MO [Visitor]
You've don't such get looking scenes. And Granny best hire a handy man with a tall ladder!
08/04/13 @ 21:05
Comment from: Maureen Molloy [Visitor]  
Brae, you are a complete perfectionist. I am in awe. I am going to be in Chicago about 20-24 November and really hope that you might have some time to meet up. Please let me know if you are going to be about,,and would be interested. Thanks for the wonderful blog and inspiration. Maureen
08/05/13 @ 00:00
Comment from: 12Create [Visitor]
Once again I'm full of admiration for the detail in your work.
08/05/13 @ 01:53
Comment from: Liduina [Visitor]
Hi Brae, as you know I am in love with your Haunted Heritage from the moment I first saw it. This new addition of yours is beautfiul and fits perfectly. Thank you for explaining your paintjob so clearly; it's captivating to see how you transform the wood into a realistic looking gutter, step by step.
08/05/13 @ 02:01
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]
Holy crap, what wonderfully fantastically awesome dirty, rusty perfect gutters. Wow.
08/05/13 @ 04:06
Comment from: elizabeth s [Visitor]
Hi Brae! Well Done! I can totally relate to the leaf-stuffed gutters. I am regularly having to scale the ladder, each fall, to remove them and the older I get the longer they stay in there. I can imagine it would be the same scenario for 'grandma' too. It is always those little "extras" that make the project go from '0 to 60!'. You know how to layer on the history in the story with your builds and that is what makes them so Special! elizabeth
08/05/13 @ 15:37
Comment from: Blondie [Visitor]
Your attention to detail is what makes you such an amazing and talented artist. The house looks AMAZING. Congrats, sweetie!
08/05/13 @ 20:37
Comment from: Kathi [Visitor]
Fascinating to watch you work! Again, perfectly detailed with amazing realism! Love it! &#58;&#68;
08/06/13 @ 14:53
Comment from: Angie Hall [Visitor]
Sweet! I love the details of the gutters. I have never seen anyone make these in miniature before. Nice touch! Your work is super fantastic!
08/06/13 @ 19:29
Comment from: Ewa [Visitor]
I am in love with these leaves in a gutter!&#58;&#41;&#58;&#41; Great work Brae! It's been always a pleasure to watch your works even though I am rarely commenting. &#58;&#41;
08/08/13 @ 13:21
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you, thank you! &#58;&#68; I don't think there's room for a rain barrel - next time. &#58;&#121;&#101;&#115;&#58; Maureen - I've sent you a private email. &#58;&#68;
08/08/13 @ 19:26


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