I am a Pinterest addict. I admit it. I love to surf through Pinterest and pin all these wonderful ideas! I especially love that I can go back to my pins for inspiration, or sometimes to purchase an item, or to get a great new recipe.
So I have been seeing these amazing painted fences on Pinterest. While I would love to paint my fence to add some fun and color to my backyard, I have a shared fence and painting it is not an option. I have thought about it for a while and decided to paint a garden gate that I can put in my garden. Problem solved! I was able to purchase the 4 ft fence boards at Lowe's for $1.38 each!! I used some scrap wood to anchor them together on the backside.
It's not perfect but it looks so adorable in the garden! I can hardly wait for some of the plants to creep up the sides....
I decided that I should paint the fence boards a light whitewash to help it stand out in the garden. I have used all outdoor paints so it should stand up to the weather. I will say it was not nearly as easy as I thought it would be! One - the boards are really rough. I even sanded them some. Two - the boards do soak up the paint quickly. And three - it is a BIG surface! My son helped my paint the leaves and pick out colors. I learned that it was much easier to use a thicker brush heavily loaded with paint. It is so humid here that I painted inside the house (brought the fence in the night before to acclimate the wood to the inside temps). Once it was dry I set it outside. I have placed it in the garden but first added a light coat of polycrylic in hopes the colors will stay nice and bright.
I just love it! We have gone a bit silly painting old fence boards here! Oh, see the little white boards sticking out at the sides? Those are the backing boards I used to hold it all together. I could not find the saw when I was putting it together and told myself I would cut them off after I painted. Not. I have hung birdhouses, small lanterns, and even a small container of climbing vines on them! Really integrated it into the garden.
Enjoy your day!