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Painting a Big Red Barn

The lovely barn which stands on our new-to-us homestead was built in 1918.

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After we moved in, we figured that any barn still standing after almost 100 years deserved one heck of a makeover. So we gave it our all.

It takes many (many!) gallons of paint to spruce up a Big Red Barn, especially if the wood is thirsty. 

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A paint sprayer came in handy and worked like a charm.

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And the difference was quick to see.

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The trim work was slower because it had to be done by hand.

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Which isn’t bad, if you aren’t afraid of heights.

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We're happy to say the barn painting is done, and Big Red is looking pretty fine for a 94 year old lady!

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Barn envy, anyone?

dusty dickerson
9/21/2012 1:41:15 AM

I love your red barn!! Ive always wanted to paint our barn red, although its not as grand as yours. I love your barn!! More pic of your place please!


terra dei farm
8/13/2012 8:18:57 PM

Definite barn envy, Amy!! Wonderful preservation work too, it looks just absolutely gorgeous. Cheers, Alexandra


amy stevenson dingmann
7/22/2012 9:42:50 PM

Thanks, Dave! It has been a lot of work, but so worth it. I am starting to think that no one would have any time to get into trouble if everyone had a farm or at least worked on one. It's amazing the things you can accomplish in a day! Thanks for reading, I appreciate your comments!


nebraska dave
7/22/2012 12:22:15 PM

Amy, I have great barn memories from my youth days. Much time during my middle school and high school years were spent on my uncle's farm. Many times we would buck those bales into the upper loft of the barn or auger the small grain into the bins to feed the cows during the winter. Later in high school my best memories were about milking the 13 cows that Dad decided to get. I had the great experience honor of cleaning out the barn every spring. Every farm needs a great looking barn. You have done a great job to restore the one on your homestead. Have a great day in the barn.