Thursday, February 11, 2016

Ohio Amish Country Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast Update Accommodations

In maintaining a standard for excellence, luxury, and comfort, we at the Ohio Amish Country Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast yearly update our accommodations.  January is the month in which we deep clean, paint, and make major improvements; all to create added value and contribute to guest experience.

Vintage Rose Mural
Since I am in charge of "All Things Beautiful" at the inn, I have a license to do whatever I wish to create beauty.  I had never before done a mural with clouds, so this was an exciting experiment that resulted in much satisfaction and pleasure.

This mural, in the Vintage Rose Suite, proved to be a dramatic, yet soft transformation. My first step was to change the vanilla-colored walls to Sherwin Williams color number 6213, Halcyon Green.  For the mural I drew a base line 36" from the floor.  I also determined the width and placement of the background.  I researched how to paint clouds on then began my adventure.  I hand painted the clouds, hills, and foreground, then stenciled the trees with a mural stencil set from cutting edge stencils. Their video for the mural stencil set, on their website, is very helpful.

Mural Clouds
I am not an expert, just brave enough, or foolish enough, to try something challenging.  For the clouds I used white paint to which I added some of the SW Halcyon Green.  I also added glaze. Glaze will extend the window of time needed to work the paint.  In other words, with glaze added, paint dries slower, allowing more time to manipulate.  For the clouds I mixed three different values of white and green; the lightest had just a little bit of the Halcyon Green in it. I discovered that it was best to paint the clouds starting at the top, pouncing with a round stencil brush that measured about 1 1/4 inch in diameter.  It is important to allow some of the background  color to peek through the clouds.

Close up Mural

The clouds and landscape background were the most challenging.  By following the steps on the video on the cutting edge stencil site, you will learn to place smaller images to the rear and larger image in the foreground. Another important element when painting murals is to paint distant images in a lighter color.  Larger images in the foreground should be painted in a darker color.

Rose Garden Bathroom
Additional 2016 updates include new tile flooring and tub surround in the Rose Garden Room.  It was exciting to remove the bland white tile around the garden tub and replace it with elegant, beautiful tumbled marble.

Additionally, the old vinyl flooring, installed in 1997, was removed - hallelujah!  For the flooring tile, we chose tile that looks like rough sawn barn planking. It's just fun to look at!  Finally, I stenciled the back wall for a truly garden feel.

Tile that Looks Like Wood Planks

 Additionally, we installed new carpets in several other guest rooms.

Take the opportunity to visit  Ohio's Amish Country.  When doing so, be sure to visit the Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast.  We will be happy to give you a tour through any unoccupied rooms.

Stays at the Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast include a hot country breakfast and an area orientation.  Plan several days in Amish Country, as there is much to see and do.  This is the largest community of Amish in the world.  There is no zoning in Holmes County, so Amish entrepreneurs can be found on many of our back road county and township roads.

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast
Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
February 11, 2016

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