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post #1 of 19 Old 02-12-2020, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
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DIY makeover ideas/sprucing up an old building

I’m curious to see if we’ve got any DIY people out here anywhere.
I’m hoping so cause id love your input! I’ve got an old building, a walk in shelter that fits 2 horses, (that my horse never uses), my tack room in the middle, and a chicken coop on the other side that I store straw in since its empty. It’s tin, inside and out, it was an old milking parlor with stanchions way back when, which I’ve boarded up sectioned off with pallets redneck style to keep the horses out of trouble. I’ve been working at cleaning up around it since we had a dog kennel and some other crap that needed torn down due to not being used.
I do like it, I’m a fan of rustic looking buildings.
But I want to spruce this one up, maybe put some trim around the outside windows, paint somehow and hang a few things on the outside of it, I’m trying to find ideas but there’s not much for tin metal sheds and makeovers on tin buildings... I must not be punching it in right or I don’t know what to google 😂🙈 any ideas?

Paint it, or not? Add a star or something between the windows, add trim? and if so what color trim would look good?
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LOL just realized I chose the one with a disappearing Boxer butt photobombing on the right. You’re welcome 😅
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post #3 of 19 Old 02-13-2020, 11:23 AM
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Beer fridge. Those always make a place so much better.
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post #4 of 19 Old 02-13-2020, 12:00 PM
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coloured trim and window flower boxes will dress it up, and a nice patio set to go with the beer fridge

weed eat - tidy edges make a strangely large difference IMHO
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post #5 of 19 Old 02-13-2020, 07:27 PM
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I'd be tempted to white wash the tin walls or the roof to go with what is already mentioned.

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Trimming out the windows and doorway with a fairly wide wood plank (or adding faux shutters) will make a big difference to this building feeling more "finished." I'd personally paint the window trim deep teal and the doorway trim charcoal gray, but you could pull colors off your home to coordinate your whole property. Pop a rosemary plant in colorful garden pots on either side of the door to give the place some life.

I have an 18" perimeter of small rock around my barn to 1) keep the weeds down so it looks pretty, 2) prevent soil erosion from rain falling off the roof, 3) theoretically help stop the spread of fire toward or away from the building. It's a little detail that makes a big difference in "curb appeal," and also reduces the amount of weed-eating required.

If you do opt to paint the tin, speak with a professional paint company about properly preparing the metal surface first! Previous owners of my property just slapped some cheap paint on my metal barn so it would look pretty to sell - very quickly the paint started curling and peeling off. Not cheap to have it removed safely and repainted!

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I think hiding as many edges of the tin as possible would help with the look, and may make it a bit safer, too (any sharp edges? I'm not really familiar with tin siding). Nothing fancy - 1x4s or 1x6s to frame the windows, probably framing the doorway, maybe corner boards - and painted to look clean. I'd hold some lumber up to see if just attaching on top of the tin works (visually), cut & attach if that seems to work, see how it looks, and go from there.

Agreed that weed-whacking or an apron of gravel or mulch sharpens up the look. And washing the concrete - or painting it. My sister's stalls are dug into the grade and the lower half of the back walls are concrete - it looked so much better after I painted it with a concrete primer and then glossy "oops" paint I'd found in a manure brown. Doesn't show dirt unless it's bad, and then the glossy finish makes it so much easier to clean.
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post #8 of 19 Old 02-14-2020, 06:49 PM
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Here's some photos of buildings in Sheffield, Tasmania - a town with a tradition of sprucing things up with murals!

More information here:,_Tasmania
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post #9 of 19 Old 02-14-2020, 07:20 PM
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Paint the foundation white to make clean looking and gives a waterproofing at the same time.
Frame the window insides and trim the edges while at it.
Frame the door and make a framed edge to hide the roughness and sharp edges.
Use rough cut 1x6 fence boards to keep the rustic look and let them weather naturally, not paint the wood.
In about 6 months it will age to a silvery sheen.
The roof underhang I would put up a faceboard or fascia will add a whole different look but still be rustic appearing.
Weather appeal add gutters and leaders to move rain/snow melt away from the building.
Some 24"x24" pavers placed in the doorway and a small pad area outside the door area to put some chairs and small table for sitting and catching a afternoon breeze...sweet.
Some hanging baskets of flowers, greens can add homey but not be a ton of work and upkeep...color pop out at you if you use contrasting seasonal growth or even some plastic flowers look nice for a long while.
Some easily made screens in the windows would protect your tack and straw or feed stored from birds nesting and pooping on so much. Also allows air flow so reduces potential of moisture mold ick...
A piece of plexiglass or even some window film used on old single pane windows for added insulation would work to winter weather protect...
Some wall decoration to tie together house, outbuildings and yard decor would add some finishing touches.
I don't know about painting the walls as that then to me is then a continual maintenance thing.
The roof, unless it is rusting I would just leave it alone.
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post #10 of 19 Old 02-17-2020, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by COWCHICK77 View Post
I'd be tempted to white wash the tin walls or the roof to go with what is already mentioned.
that’s kinda what I was thinking, I love that idea !!!!
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