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Last updated: 2008-04-21


For a long time, the church cottages were unpainted, with untreated timber. It was not until the beginning of the 20th century that people began to nail panels onto the cottage wall facing the street. It was usually slow-growth pine that was used for panelling, while panels sold today are often spruce. It is permissible to change single panels if there is rot. The panels must be painted with genuine Falu red paint without mixing in oil or latex. 

Recipe for Falu red paint

50 l water
2 kg iron sulphate
4.5 kg rye flour
8 kg red ochre


Boil the water in a large saucepan over an open fire
Whisk in the iron sulphate and rye flour
Boil for ½ hour
Carefully add the red ochre
Stir thoroughly and let simmer for 2 hours
Let the paint cool down, then use it
Church cottages and Nederluleå Church a beutiful winters day. Photographer: Lena Nilsson
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