We've been giving new life to the barns at Jenny and Brian's farm -- a new roof on the chicken house, new floors, cleaning, repairing and painting -- making it all pretty for you when you come for the Barn Market!
Here is a picture of the dairy barn as it looked last week:
Fine, but concrete block just isn't very exciting, is it?
When Jenny and I traveled to NYC this spring, we made a visit to Pennsylvania to visit her sweet cousins, and we loved looking at the old historic barns with stone foundations that dotted the hills around Allentown. I saw a lot of the same type barns on our vacation -- Iowa and Minnesota are both blessed with beautiful old barns. So I thought, "Could we paint the block to look like stone?" Turns out, we could!
Sherwin-Williams was having a 30% off sale last week, so I bought 4 quarts of latex paint, choosing colors by matching them to some photographs of barns and stone silos; I picked the bottom 4 colors from a color card, and started painting.
I really liked what was going on, but we wanted to pull some of the red from the barn roof, so back to SW for a quart of deep red, and we were all happy with the results.
We also "whitewashed" the door with some Annie Sloane Chalk Paint mixed with water -- still "barny", but much cleaner-looking. The mortar lines are also AS, mixed with a little brown.
Of course, this is the short side of the barn -- we're making good progress on the LONG side, which faces the road. Hoping to have it done this week!