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#1 nechee

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Posted 16 July 2008 - 12:39 PM

What does everyone use for stucco? I was looking at some jars of dollhouse stucco but I think I would need a lot since I am going to stucco the outside of my Beacon Hill. Is there a cheaper alternative then using dollhouse stucco?
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Posted 16 July 2008 - 12:48 PM

Some folks here have used paint mixed with sand with great results. I used a stucco patch that I picked up a Lowe's on my Canterbury. :rolleyes:

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Posted 16 July 2008 - 01:07 PM

I purchase sand from a Hobby Shop and mix it with paint.

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Posted 16 July 2008 - 01:24 PM

I used stucco patch that I got from Home Depot on my Orchid. It's about $6 for the tub, and one should do you for a whole house. It's also premixed, which is nice, and it's a nice grey so you an tint it, or not, depending on your preference. I would try thinning it a smidge to see if it will apply better (that's what I'll try next), it was kind of cumbersome.

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Posted 16 July 2008 - 02:04 PM

Ive used spackle mixed with paint.

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Posted 16 July 2008 - 05:14 PM

Dollhouse stucco: expensive dollhouse stucco from the jar
sand mixed in paint
spackling compound
drywall mud
single layers of facial or bathroom tissue and paint
Do an advanced search using "stucco".
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Posted 16 July 2008 - 05:32 PM

Glad someone asked this as I was wandering the same thing what a help Thank you.
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Posted 16 July 2008 - 06:04 PM

Rita and I used Paint'n Tex, which we bought at Lowe's. We mixws with paint and it worked fine. We used it on the Harrison.
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Posted 16 July 2008 - 06:15 PM

I use 'FAST AND FINAL' lightweight spackle from wallmart. Cheap I apply it with a pallet knife.

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Posted 16 July 2008 - 06:22 PM

I do a lot of stucco work on my dollhouse. I'm a huge fan of the Greenleaf stucco mix. I just add the colour of paint that I want right into the stucco. The Orchid dollhouse took about 1/2 cup of stucco mixed in with the paint. I've just stuccoed the outside of my Adams with stucco - I used only 1/4 cup of stucco mix added to my paint. What I really like about this product is that it does not crack. I just mix it to the thickness that I want and use a large paintbrush to brush it on. I then do swirls or whatever other pattern I want. I use a smaller paintbrush to get in around the window, door and trim areas. So far I've not even used up one whole jar of stucco mix and I've used it on the: Orchid, Adams and Workshop kits.

Adding paint to the stucco mix takes the colour down a notch or two, so if you can't achieve the colour that you want by mixing stucco and paint, you can just add white paint to the stucco. Afterwards paint with your choice of colour.

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Posted 16 July 2008 - 07:24 PM

I use drywall mud. :rolleyes:
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Posted 16 July 2008 - 09:18 PM

Baby powder mixed into paint works like a charm! Cheap too - you can get a large container of it at the $1 store. I use a mix of baby powder & paint to do the ceilings in my dh's and anywhere that I want stucco. After mixing the powder into the paint I just paint it on the wall and once the wall is covered I use a dry sponge & pounce the sponge on the paint to create the desired stucco effect. The sponge pouncing isn't really necessary if you use plenty of powder in your paint, but I like the effect.

I can't take credit for the idea - I read it somewhere (possibly on this forum) but can't recall where now.

You have to like the smell of baby powder when using this method though - cause the baby powder scent lasts quite awhile!

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Posted 16 July 2008 - 09:25 PM

I use Stucco Patch. I get it at ACE hardware for about $6.00 for the tub. It's pre-mixed and it's wonderful!

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Posted 17 July 2008 - 01:27 AM

Drywall compound and bird gravel works too. Can be purchased in 1 lbs box at corner store cheap!
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Posted 17 July 2008 - 05:34 AM

Thanks, Lisa, I had forgotten entirely about the baby powder trick! And you can use up whatever you have leftover from using it for a releasing agent for polyclay molds.lol
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Posted 17 July 2008 - 09:20 AM

I love the smell of baby powder so I will be able to use that trick. Can the Stucco Patch stuff be easily painted over in the colour I want?
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Posted 17 July 2008 - 10:59 AM

I got a pretty big bag of this sand texture stuff from Menards or Home Depot. You mix it with the paint and Voila!...instant stucco. I've used it for quite a few projects and still have yet to put a sizeable dent in the bag. I think it MAY have costed $4 or $5.

You can see pictures of how it looks in my QA album as well as my Magnolia album.

The only thing is, you have to get the consistency just right so that it's thick enough to look like stucco, but not too thick so as it's not spreadable.

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Posted 17 July 2008 - 01:13 PM

I love the smell of baby powder so I will be able to use that trick. Can the Stucco Patch stuff be easily painted over in the colour I want?


The stucco patch is really easy to paint, and it's really easy to tint the color you'd like as well.

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 07:04 PM

Well, 20-22 years ago, when I started building "The Harrison" the tip I got was to use white paint, and cover it with one-ply inexpensive facial tissue. One layer thick, if tissue is to large, (like over windows, etc.) just cut off excess when the paint dried. Now I have space in my house to resume working on it, and the "tissue" stucco has held up wonderfully over the past two decades. I couldn't be more pleased. I got this tip from an experienced builder in North Carolina when my husband was in the service. Her store was called "Tidbits." Haven't looked on line to see if the store was still around. (I was also pleased to find that Greenleaf is still around, and that "The Harrison" and "The Fairfield" are still available!

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 08:40 PM

ive used grout for real house tiles with great results, just spray with a clear sealer once your done to avoid flaking. check out my pizza place in my gallery.


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