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Red Barn, White Barn, Brown Barn, Blue?
« on: March 25, 2015, 11:10:39 PM »
 

 
Okay... Poll time!
Imagine.... Northern Maine farm and Forest: Balsam, White Pine, Paper Birch, spruce and Sugar Maples. Snow. Amish. Potatoes, Oats, sweet Corn, Hay. Pasture. Horses, cows, Chickens, ducks. Wildlife: deer, fox, black bear, coyote, grouse, owls and Eagles... Now...

Paint barn Red? Leave it weathered board brown? Paint it White? Some othe color? Here are a couple pictures of nearby countryside... 
 

 

 

 
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Re: Red Barn, White Barn, Brown Barn, Blue?
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2015, 11:18:45 PM »
I vote for red or leave it as is. But that red barn in the picture is pretty sharp. I've been thinking about this as well for my barn, but too many other priorities before the barn painting.

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Re: Red Barn, White Barn, Brown Barn, Blue?
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2015, 11:29:37 PM »
Well, it's getting a new roof for sure, so been thinking about the color... Yes that red is cool in winter. I'm thinking red with a barm mural on it advertising the Farm and Forge.
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Re: Red Barn, White Barn, Brown Barn, Blue?
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2015, 05:41:32 AM »
As a test project, you could always paint the dog house to the left to see if you like it.  I don't think white will work too well.
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Re: Red Barn, White Barn, Brown Barn, Blue?
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2015, 06:20:56 AM »
IMHO if the wood was new I would seal in it clear oil finish,

What ever you choose I would use a stain that penetrates the wood
not paint, 
Also, I would stain/seal (as much as possible) the inside & ends
of the lower boards

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Re: Red Barn, White Barn, Brown Barn, Blue?
« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2015, 06:26:52 AM »
Those are some mighty fine looking pictures. I kinda like red.
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« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2015, 06:29:12 AM »
Red :)
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Re: Red Barn, White Barn, Brown Barn, Blue?
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2015, 06:31:15 AM »
Barns are red, tractors are green!
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Re: Red Barn, White Barn, Brown Barn, Blue?
« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2015, 07:25:03 AM »
Take a trip a little farther north in to Quebec.No need to limit yourself to those 4 colors.They have some real eye openers for colors there as well as the Maritimes.Being an old boring German it is a real pleasure to see the wild color schemes our good neighbors to the north can come up with.
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Re: Red Barn, White Barn, Brown Barn, Blue?
« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2015, 07:59:49 AM »
IMHO if the wood was new I would seal in it clear oil finish,

What ever you choose I would use a stain that penetrates the wood
not paint, 
Also, I would stain/seal (as much as possible) the inside & ends
of the lower boards

Best
DGDrls

. Thanks, DGDris, good advice....I'll use that. We are rebuilding the gambrel if we can save it, and if we can't then building a gable barn. The original barn was a massive three story, bank barn with a gable roof. Sadly, the original house and barn were lost in a fire many years ago.
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Re: Red Barn, White Barn, Brown Barn, Blue?
« Reply #10 on: March 26, 2015, 08:01:43 AM »
Barns are red, tractors are green!

No, no! Tractors are gray!  ;)  1950 Fergie gray! (Don't I wish I could afford green!) lol
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Re: Red Barn, White Barn, Brown Barn, Blue?
« Reply #11 on: March 26, 2015, 08:05:19 AM »
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Re: Red Barn, White Barn, Brown Barn, Blue?
« Reply #12 on: March 26, 2015, 08:08:58 AM »
Take a trip a little farther north in to Quebec.No need to limit yourself to those 4 colors.They have some real eye openers for colors there as well as the Maritimes.Being an old boring German it is a real pleasure to see the wild color schemes our good neighbors to the north can come up with.

Oh! @47sawdust , I'll go google some of my good neighbors! Lol, can't wait!
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Re: Red Barn, White Barn, Brown Barn, Blue?
« Reply #13 on: March 26, 2015, 08:26:33 AM »
There are paint companies that have "try on colours" where you can upload your picture and change your building colour to get a preview of what it would look like, Sherwin-Williams is one I know of.

Traditional red with white trim and a natural aged grey shingle roof look is where my mind goes first, more of a brick red really.

Beautiful pictures / scenery by the way!

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Re: Red Barn, White Barn, Brown Barn, Blue?
« Reply #14 on: March 26, 2015, 08:57:02 AM »
I agree with the red with white trim.
I wouldn't paint a barn white. With rain coming off the roof and splashing mud on it and wind bringing in dust and dirt, it wouldn't stay white for long.
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Re: Red Barn, White Barn, Brown Barn, Blue?
« Reply #15 on: March 26, 2015, 09:12:27 AM »
An Aroostook county barn should only be painted (barn) red with white trim boards in my personal opinion!? Black tin roof optional...

And @4x4American crops are green and tractors are red, I think you are confused lol
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« Reply #16 on: March 26, 2015, 09:17:41 AM »
Beautiful setting!  Sitting there in the snow ... Red!
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« Reply #17 on: March 26, 2015, 09:45:57 AM »
I'm in the red/white trim crowd, but I'd never notice, be to busy sitting in the loft looking at the scenery  :).  Beautiful place you have!

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Re: Red Barn, White Barn, Brown Barn, Blue?
« Reply #18 on: March 26, 2015, 09:58:05 AM »
Red or clear stain to keep it all natural  :), IMO white would not fit well with the beautiful background.
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Re: Red Barn, White Barn, Brown Barn, Blue?
« Reply #19 on: March 26, 2015, 10:52:11 AM »
I've seen a lot of dark green barns with either black trim or white trim too. There are special "Barn" paints and colors apparently. I googled "barn paint" and heck! Like 10 or so different barn reds! We just used to go down to the AG store and what they gave you is what you got, lol.

Well, so far the consensus is it's Barn Red with White Trim or natural.

Now, the question about 'proper' tractor color is still hotly debated!!!!!  ;D ;D
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