The barn is red, the barn is red!
We went from this…
To this …
As hard-core DIYers, we didn’t relax much on Labor Day. Instead we dug in our heels, dropped off Henry at grandma and grandpa’s house, and painted that dang barn. You may remember I mentioned that painting was majorly on our agenda for the month. This was one of those painting (technically staining) projects that we needed to knock out.
With the help of an airless sprayer, we had the barn stained in no time. Ryan did all the high parts on a ladder and I did much of the bottom. The only tricky parts were those peaks, which Ryan got to on a ladder and by leaning out of the upstairs windows. We are all about safety here at NewlyWoodwards.
We decided to go with solid stain on the barn, after taking the advice of an expert in the paint area of our local Home Depot. He explained that with a mix of old and new wood, stain would wear better and last longer. We could avoid much of the painstaking prep work (we still cleaned everything really well the day before).
With paint, even great paint, you risk the paint peeling and fading more. No, thank you.
This is the stain we ended up with – Behr Solid Color Weatherproofing All-In-One Wood Stain and Sealer. In barn red. This is the first time (I think) that Ryan has chosen a paint color. So, it’s a big stinking deal. He really wanted a red barn, and after all his painstaking work to bring this old barn back to life, I felt like it was a reasonable request.
The finish on this stain is truly beautiful, you guys. I mean, I kept petting it. It’s a stain, so it’s super flat. But it’s opaque with awesome coverage like good paint. And sort of silky to the touch. But it really shows the beauty of the wood like stain. We only needed one full coat with the sprayer and we barely had any dripping. Plus – it lasts 25 years on siding? Winning.
We are spoiled rotten because Behr actually sent us this stain for free. We were lucky enough to be asked to be one of their Behr DIY experts. Um, yes? I’m a self-proclaimed Behr junkie, so this was the perfect opportunity for us. (I’m such a psycho that I actually share the Behr ColorSmart app with random people in the aisles at Home Depot. I”m sure there is some sort of medication for this type of crazy.)
More on this later, but this is just my full disclosure that the stain was provided to us for free. (I know! I’m still pinching myself.)
Now it’s time to check out the barn from all angles. It has a lovely backside.
This was one of those projects that really made a huge impact. Next up, taping off and painting all those windows (ugh, grown, growl) and installing doors.
What do you think of our big red barn?
Disclosure: We were provided with stain from Behr that was used to complete this project. But all opinions, as always, are our own.