Monday, September 8, 2008

Painting the Hideous Barn

The "barn" in back of our house is really ugly. There is no other way to say it nicely. Luckily, there is a large tree that grows uncontrollably directly in front of it, hiding the majority of it from view. A couple of years ago we bought a 5-gallon of decent colored mistinted paint on clearance at a drastically reduced price. We've talked about painting the barn for 4 years now. Last year, we even primed part of the back of the barn, but never painted it. Chris finally found a good spray painter (I'm not sure what you call it) and some long ladders. This was the year to paint the front of it.

The first step was to trim the overgrown tree branches that were touching or too close tothe roof and painting surface. Chris trimmed a lot of branches.
Cooper, Cadence and I dragged the branches from the base of the barn to the large compost/pile of green waste at the back of the yard. We are quite a team!

Chris covered the windows with newspaper. This is a "before" picture. Then he primed the wood since it has nothing on it. While I like to paint, I was thrilled that Chris wanted to climb the tall ladder and risk his life instead of me!

He painted the front of the barn. We still need to buy some exterior white paint to finish the trim around the windows and doors. I think it looks much better! It is still hard to believe that we called the barn "home" for the first two years of our marriage. What memories the barn brings! We are grateful to have this edifice on our property!!!

1 comment:

Tara Bergsjo said...

That looks great! It's great to see that your little boy already likes to be daddy's helper! :)