I have been collecting auction stuff for a year and a half (the barn is only part of the picture - I have a shed and storage room with many other future projects!). Don't ask me what I intend to do with all this stuff - I don't have a shop, my house is already pretty full, I just can't let things get thrown away ... I'm afraid I am a future subject of "Hoarders".
These pictures are after I cleaned it up - it was covered with who knows how many years of grease and dirt, and came with free mud dauber nests :-)
I sanded her down using my palm sander until all the rust was gone and painted her with my favorite red - Krylon Cherry Red in gloss. I am not good at the whole staging thing, so decided to let Mother Nature provide the stage (meaning, here's a gratuitous shot of a few of the bluebonnets in my back yard, lol).
She is destined for my porch. I hope to get the porch cleaned up one of these days so I can show photos of it. My house is currently a kind of tan/khaki color with maroon trim. My dream is to paint it a buttery yellow, with white trim, and a turquoise door. I love the combination of turquoise, red, and yellow - colors that just make me happy!