We’ve seen our chicken coop ‘come alive’ this weekend with P A I N T. I literally feel like each time I glance outside our veggie patch resembles something from a fairytale movie – it’s very cool (yet surreal almost). And instead of housing chickens, tiny dwarfs from Snow White the movie may step outside at any second. Nevertheless, we’re both super stoked with the (almost) finished product.
Painting the coop
We started by giving the whole coop an undercoat last fortnight and then finalised with gap filler around the fibre cement sheeting this Saturday.
Luke A M A Z I N G L Y whipped up this barn door which is oh-so-cool (and I’ll share with you this week as a separate post as it was very intricate) which I gave two coats of white to create ‘the look’ I was after.
Come Saturday afternoon (aka beer-o-clock) it was time to crack open the 4L Taubmans Endure exterior ‘Rum Runner’ red. Boy she is a beauty, which Luke picked out all by himself at Bunnings.
Oh yes, we did in fact hang the doors first just to make sure everything fit snuggly.
Then it was time to lay the first stroke and pray our neighbours weren’t going to complain it was too bright. (Which they later popped over to say it was their favourite colour and they loved it). I still however am not going to paint the back – just in case.
After only two coats (we intend to do another two), the coop is looking very snazzy!
We’ve left spaces unpainted for a side door an exit into the run as we will discard these pieces shortly.
What’s left to still do?
– Attach latches to secure the barn door, and back the top half with aviary mesh (in order to snake proof),
– Dig final trenches around the run and secure the aviary wire (horizontally – I have since found out).
– Cut holes for the run exit and side window.
– Finish the interior nesting boxes (which Luke has already started) using a recycled pallet from the shed,
– Build the side sliding window with rollers and runners,
– Snip and tidy up the roofing evenly and lay mesh around every opening,
– Finalise with two more coats of red paint, and
– Plant some rosemary and lavender to soften the final look and add a ‘fresh eggs’ sign.
So DIYers, what do you think of the new ‘hobbs henhouse’?