Don't let my killer tan distract you.
Well, my mom's winning. My plan for this project was always an industrial building in the not-so-great part of a major city. A few weeks ago, my mom looked at the house and said, "Wow it looks like an old factory building in Western Pennsylvania," to which I responded, "Oh Mom, you're silly." Since then, every time she visits she asks these things:
1. Can I have this when you're done? (No.)
2. Can you put a quilting room in it? (No.)
3. Can you make it more "Western Pennsylvania?" (No. Wait, maybe).
Although I hold steadfast on the first 2, it is slowly morphing into an abandoned coal factory building somewhere in a country industrial town. Case in point: the roof. What was once going to be a simple "tar" roof (major city style) is now going to be an aged, metal corrugated roof (country style). Here's how I'm making the roof:
I then peeled off the top layer to expose the corrugation. This took a while (exactly 3 episodes of Outnumbered) and I had to go groove-by-groove to peel of the paper. Eventually it looked like this:
BIG difference, hooray! At this point, I wasn't worrying about the left over paper pieces because I knew I was going to coat the whole thing in spackle.
It's spackle time! I use regular spackling paste that I bought in Home Depot. The paste is too thick to apply as-is without ruining the grooves of the cardboard, so I mixed it with some water until it was thin enough to coat the paper. Now let dry overnight.