I finally finished it! After we added the windows when we finished the barn (it was originally a three sided shed) there was a large, sad expanse of grey. I knew a barn quilt would be the perfect way to break it up and add some color.
Honestly, that should say I finally started it! All in all it only took me 3 days of work and a lot of that was waiting. One for the base coat. One for the marking, taping and painting:
|I tried to do all of one color at a time to cut back on brush washing|
|Ignore the random junk. We still haven’t unpacked the garage, don’t judge!|
And one for hanging it up.
|We wanted it to stand away from the barn to inhibit moisture retention|
The base color is Behr Cream Yellow (I had 3/4 gallon left over from the living room)
The rest of the paint came from Lowes.
I bought 5 sample jars:
- La Fonda Copper (orange)
- Mark Twain House Grey Brick (green)
- La Fonda Deep Blue (blue)
- Fairmont Penthouse Garnet (burgundy)
- Bees Wax (dark yellow)
I’ve got more than 1/2 jar left of each color, you could easily do a 2 color quilt with the same amount of paint.
My ‘quilt’ is only 4×4, my barn is only one story and an 8×8 quilt would have been monstrous! Once we put in some plants it won’t look quite so lonely.
|View from the road|
Like that plywood against the left side of the barn?
That’s to keep Sophia in. Some how she squeezes out of that 1.5ft space.
The total cost was around $20 for the paint, brushes and tape.
The plywood was salvaged from the turkey pen at the old house (free!)
I also got poly- sealer but the temperature tanked so I’m waiting for it to warm up out of the 30’s and I’ll seal it on the barn (but you should totally seal it before you put one out!)
|Before touch up|
- If you use rough plywood – buy some cheap chip brushes.You’ll mangle them trying to get the paint in all the cracks
- Thick and Sloppy is the name of the game. This board was so rough (and sucked up paint like crazy) that I found it best to slap on massive amounts of paint
- Step back – you’ll drive yourself nuts trying to make the lines perfect. Step back 3 feet, if it looks straight leave it alone!
- Don’t do ‘Broken Dishes’ (bottom left). I just about went cross-eyed trying to fill that in and it doesn’t stand out as well as the others from far away
- Keep it simple! Large block of color work best at long distances
- Don’t worry about spills. They are easy to cover up with a few dabs of paint
- Don’t be afraid to fudge a bit if your lines don’t meet up
This is much more forgiving than an actual quilt!
I loved making this and I wish I had another barn so I could make more!