Thank you to everyone for your kind comments and ideas.
I realized that it was the acid-yellow paint and the black that I really disliked.
I painted over it all with a cream color and a brown antique wash.
I like it a lot better than before but it is not quite aged the way I want.
I need to add some more subtle colors and build the layers slowly.
I want to put this project on hold so I put a bunch of windows and doors to see what it would look like. (I know the windows are wrong for this type of house so I need to get some different ones.)
When I put the house back in the foyer, I noticed that the lovely bay window was hidden in the corner. I tried turning the table sideways, and although it does clear the front door it looks really odd in this location.
Looks like this will be the first house going down to Willow Ridge.
This house will be continued at a later date.
But before I tell you about this tale of woe, I have to let you know what is going on with Kinsey's house.
Harley said that it would take a few weeks or even months to see any changes, so we just have to wait patiently and see what happens.
Meanwhile, work continues on the Amberwood. I thought a little bit of aging would make this house look good.
And, guess what - I made a rather big mess.
I was happily listening to some music and painting a color wash all over the exterior when. . . . one of my kids walked in to my office.
"Why are you covering your house in baby poop?" they exclaimed.
Suddenly the music came to a screeching halt and I stepped back. What was I doing???
When my building inspector gave me THAT look. I knew it was NOT good.
I even tried to age the roof by painting it grey and then black.
I have realized something........ Subtlety is not my forte.
(But I do like the way the paint is getting into the crevices.)
I thought that a black antique wash over everything would improve the situation.
But it did not.
It made it all dark and murky - like a haunted house!
This was NOT the look I was going for, so I will go back to the drawing board.
Anyway, as my Mum always says, it is important to keep experimenting with your art in order to learn new things even if you destroy it in the process.
Kinsey had an appointment with the Ent-Elf.
She had been forewarned that Ent-Elves did not operate on standard Elven time, but even so, she could not help feeling a little annoyed when he was more than a couple of hours late.
Finally Kinsey heard a heavy clomping sound accompanied by a musical whistle coming closer.
It must be him, thought Kinsey.
"Hello, I am Harley," he said. Kinsey just nodded in amazement.
"What a wonderful house you have!" exclaimed Harley in a deep sing-song voice.
Harley extended his huge, branch-like hand for Kinsey to shake.
Harley said that it would take many hours to "talk" to the wood.
Kinsey stood transfixed as Harley began to sing a deep and meaningful song.
The melody resonated through Kinsey, and she found herself humming along.
When Harley finished his song, Kinsey wanted him to continue. With a pang she realized that music was missing in her life. She was spending too much time being a realtor, while her true calling was in playing the piano and teaching music.
Kinsey thanked Harley for all his work and told him that he was welcome anytime.
Now we just need to wait and see what happens.
Kinsey was fascinated with the tree-like exterior growing on Fairy Hazel's house.
Hazel explained that trees have an innate knowledge that they have a particular purpose in life whether it be for furniture, the walls of a house, or even firewood. However, it has been found that some wood likes to keep growing.
There is a forest creature called an "Ent-elf" who can communicate with the soul of the wood to see if it wants to do so.
Kinsey was quite interested with the idea of a living tree-house. "If the wood of my house wants to grow freely, I shall let it!" she exclaimed.
Hazel said that she would arrange for the Ent-elf to visit Kinsey's house sometime next week, but he would need some area of bare wood available.
(The old siding around the porch area was the first to go.)
During the siding demolition, Kinsey noticed that she had really cheap porch flooring and wanted it to be removed.
Floor boards should not come off in one piece!
The porch ceiling was the same material as the floor so that came down as well.
One stripped-down, bare porch ready for meeting with the Ent-elf.