Red Is Popular

Posted by
Don (Spokane, United States) on 2 February 2015 in Landscape & Rural.

Early barns weren't painted at all but as farmers wanted to protect the wood in their barns they made their own coating from a mix of linseed oil, milk and lime and added ferrous oxide(rust). A little bit of rust went a long way in protecting the wood and gave the barn a nice red hue.