Popping in with a few before and after shots of our recent outdoor project: staining our previously untreated fence. We’re getting crazy over here – let me tell ya! 😉
Not only was our fence untreated, but it also had many weathered areas from our sprinkler system. It desperately needed some TLC that we finally got around to knocking out a couple weeks ago.
How To Stain a Fence
After browsing a bunch of different colors at Home Depot, we selected Behr’s Premium Weatherproofing All-in-One Wood Stain and Sealer in a Cedar Natural Tone color. Jamie used his Wagner Power Painter that he’d purchased several years ago when he stained our fence at the home we used to own in Tennessee.
At first the color appeared a little more orange than I liked, but after a week of letting it settle the color has definitely toned down a bit and looks really, really great. We are so pleased with the outcome.
In order to tackle the few areas that contained hardware, I used my green froggy painter’s tape to cover the areas and then used an x-acto knife to cut the excess tape around it. Jamie was able to spray right over it, and then I removed the tape the next day.
Only part of our yard is sectioned off by a privacy fence, but Jamie still needed six gallons of paint to get the job done. Since we already own the spray gun, this project ended up costing us about $200 strictly in paint. We both agree that this was a small price to pay to increase the curb appeal like this project did.
Jamie and I tag-teamed pressure washing the house yesterday, so the house is clean and ready for us to tackle that red trim. We know the fence color will look much better paired with white trim than red trim. Stay tuned!
FYI: Renting the pressure washer only cost us $55 from Waters True Value for three hours, which was plenty of time to clean our house, backyard patio, and driveway. I was hoping that it would improve the appearance of the top portion of the side of our house (I’m sure you can tell how dirty it looks), but it looks like that area is going to need a new coat of paint. We may or may not get around to doing that before we move in a couple years. We’ll see!
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PS: After this project, we painting our home’s exterior. Take a look at the transformation here!