How to Make a Barn Quilt – Time to Paint
In the first post on Barn Quilts I told you about how to frame the wood and get the boards ready to paint. Now we’re moving onto the more colorful side of things – painting!
I knew my color scheme was going to be bright – orange, purple, yellow and red. When I went to the store I chose colors right at the bottom of each swatch for greatest impact – Jack O’ Lantern, King’s Robe, Bumblebee, and Poppy.
Normally I would start by painting the lightest color first but since I’m going to be crawling all over this quilt I wanted to start in the center and move my way to the edges – so I started with Jack O’ Lantern.
I have to paint four coats of each color. This was a bit challenging with the crazy level of humidity we’ve had in Wisconsin this year.
But I just took my time and the paint ended up looking great.
One thing I learned about during this process is Frog tape. It works better than the blue Painter’s Tape at creating smooth, straight lines. I switched over to it for King’s Robe.
I’m not really sure why I chose to do Poppy before Bumblebee, but I did.
and I think it looks great.
I was down to the last color and the humidity went absolutely crazy. No matter what I did I couldn’t get the frog tape to stick to the wood – not good. So, I pulled out my trusty blue painter’s tape and it did the job. The lines weren’t quite as perfect as the frog tape would have done, but remember – this is going to be observed from a distance – they won’t notice a few imperfections.
Four coats of paint and a few hours of wait time later – I pulled the last tape off to see what I created! I think it’s going to look fantastic at our apple orchard.
My next, and final post, on making Barn Quilts will show how we mounted it to our barn – the last phase of this project.