This week I've installed the front door and the front porch. My DH has paid me the high compliment of expressing his wish to have a porch just like it, to sit on and read a book. I'm pleased with how the porch turned out, but not quite as happy with the door. It's a bit depressing when you have a clear vision in your mind of how something is going to look, but then the end product is a wee bit rough and a wee bit crooked. It looks ok, just not how I pictured it in my mind.
original kit porch trim. First step was to apply some filler on the exposed edges and do a lot of sanding. Sometimes working with Greenleaf kits feels more like sculpting than modelling. Then I glued bracing behind the porch pieces to strengthen them and give more surface for gluing.
I made newel posts from a bit of wood with a bead glued on top, and put some filler in the bead holes.
Then I glued on the roof. The underneath surface is painted white to be the ceiling. The top surface just has a rough coat as this will be hidden by shingles later. The next step was to cut a triangular bit to fill in the side of the roof, and to cut and fit moulding all around the base of the porch and on either side of the door, to finish the edges. You can see that I also applied vertical strips to tidy up the glue joint where the porch meets the walls.