BEFORES: This 60 year old white barn formerly housed animals, and then became a hot sauce factory. We turned it into a party barn and today I am getting it ready for Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday. I thought it was a good time to show its evolution from serviceable to sociable!
This is how the barn looked when we bought it. The well in front of it was an eyesore also.
But nothing compared to the backside. Wow. Sanford and Son's junk pile!
Oh, and this too. It was full of junk from the previous owner.
Apparently this is the only picture I have of the side of the barn, with three of our fishermen in front of it.
First, we painted the barn black and added white trim. Big decision. I hadn't seen any black barns near us, but the color went so well with the house, that I began to research. I googled it and found lots of beautiful black barns. They became my inspiration. Then I saw one in a Pottery Barn book, all decorated for a fall picnic, and that cinched it for me. Huge improvement. More presence than the original white.
It looked beautiful in the snow, too. During the winter months, husband fixed the interior. He repaired the joists, plugged the holes, insulated, painted, remodeled the bathroom and made it very cozy. More about that later.
Then we added covered storage to the hidden side of the barn. It made it much more useful.
And on the house side, we added a deck, and topped it with this spacious screen porch. More about that later.
Someone had dumped this old Coke machine in our forest. Joe dragged it out and we repurposed it.
Here it is repurposed into a planter. This is before we added flowers or the screen porch on the side of the building.
This is after we turned the Coke machine into a planter, full of spring tulips. This is the front of the barn after adding the circle vent and the screen porch.
Spring delight. The round galvanized planter is another piece of junk we found in the forest.
Love. My. Tulips.
This is the back of the barn showing the screen porch, the deck, the antique signs and the barn doors.
It's a nice entertaining space and has become our party barn. We use it all the time for all kinds of social events. In this view, you can see the house beyond.
This is on the other side of the doors, with my antique signs and my antique bike.
That bike was born the same year as me, so I am attached.
We will eat our Thanksgiving Dinner in the barn on Thursday. We have a lot for which to give thanks. I love that we Americans have a specific day dedicated to honoring the bounty we have received from the hand of God.
Blessings on you all.