The Shaffer Farm, LLC
17 March 2013
This is the original homestead
built in the early 1930's. I ran electricity out and am using
it as my work shop. The roof had been partially torn of by
hurricane Ivan so there was a lot of replacement of support beams,
siding and roof. The outside was a mix of original siding,
barn board and new boards.
I conned nephews Nicholas and Jace
to come out had whitewash the building. They also conned a
friend Blake into helping them.
I wanted to blend in the repairs
without making the building look too new. Whitewash is not a
paint. It is hydrated lime and salt water. I mixed water
with the lime in a big bucket and let it stand over night.
Then I added salt water to the "slake" to a consistency similar to
pancake batter. It does not spread like paint so you slop it
on and use the ends of the brush to push it in and around.
When it wears down to a nice weathered look I will use a finish like
linseed oil to keep it from weathering any further and preserving