Project Garden: Fence Painting

 fence before and after

Since we moved in this fence has been an odd bone of contention. By convention we are responsible for it yet our neighbour has claimed it as his and wouldn’t allow us to replace it.

Over the last six years it has fallen down every time we have a high wind and gradually become more hole than fence. During the Winter break the wind ripped so much of it apart we decided we would replace it and live with the consequences.

To our surprise, on the first day back to work in January a new fence turned up and was installed. Hooray! Although it was bright orange and the old fence posts were still in play. Boo! We had some privacy but it still fell down in a stiff breeze.

Phase one of sorting out the fence for the long-term is to paint the panels. It’s one of those jobs that seems like it’s going to take forever but when you get around to it it’s done in a couple of hours. It would have been faster if I hadn’t had to keep the children occupied – what is it with children and DIY?

We used B&Q’s Timbercare in Dark Brown (Monty thinks they should rename that to: chocolate). We’re fans of brown for fences as it gives you a rich backdrop colour whilst fading gently with age – do you agree? Luckily the pot was big as the fence on the other side is going to be replaced and painted too!

I made a time-lapse of us painting the fence – two hours down to thirty seconds of watching paint dry (and it dries quickly).

I’ll be doing a time-lapse of the shed being painted next if only the weather will hold for a day!

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  • Reply Rachel September 12, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    I just love your video! And the timings are very helpful too – was that 4 full panels in 2 hours? So around half an hour per panel….. Hmmmm. We have approximately one million fence panels needing painting, and I’ve been putting it off. This makes me think maybe we could after all….

    • Reply Kat September 13, 2013 at 12:39 am

      Yes, about half an hour a panel. You could totally do it even if you only did a couple at a time. The other side has six or seven panels so hoping we can get it done quickly before the wet weather sets in.

  • Reply Abby September 12, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Love it! But did notice you snuck off after the first panel… like your style!

    • Reply Kat September 13, 2013 at 12:38 am

      Busted! In my defence it was to keep the children from tipping over the paint…

  • Reply Rachael September 12, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    I don’t know why, but that made me chuckle. Especially the children. Anyway, yes, I love dark fences. Ours is a traditional dark ‘creosote’ colour. Not a fan of lap fences like this but we are stuck with the same thing – it belongs to our neighbour and it was brand new when we moved in. To be fair though, it’s never blown down….yet.
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    • Reply Kat September 13, 2013 at 12:41 am

      You are very lucky! I can’t wait to get the new posts in.

  • Reply Angela @Little Apple Tree September 13, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    What a fantastic video! That’s the most fun I’ve ever had watching someone paint a fence :)

    By convention our fence is our neighbours responsibility, IIRC, but after they did absolutely nothing when the fence completely blew over one winter, we wound up replacing it ourselves. It took us a couple of weekends to spray the new panels but it was totally worth it!

    Looking forward to seeing the rest of your garden transformation!
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  • Reply annie September 14, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    ooo I do love timelapse. What a lovely video and a lovely fence colour. We painted ours but have now replaced it with a much more robust wall. Far less maintenance involved there! – Annie
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  • Reply Becky - Pretty Dandy September 25, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Loving the time-lapse, especially the bit with the kids at the end. Cute!


  • Reply Yvonne @ Dress This Nest October 1, 2013 at 5:43 am

    I so need to do this and have been putting it off all summer! Next Spring I will have to re-watch your video to help motivate me and get me out there!
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