Choosing The Right Fence

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Choosing The Right Fence

When we bought our house, we weren't sure if we could afford to install a fence. I was concerned that a vinyl version would be too much, which is why I didn't ask for bids on them for awhile. However, a friend of mine suggested a really incredible fence contractor, and it was incredible to talk with him. He came over and walked us through our different options, and he kept our budget in mind. After the fence was up, we had peace of mind knowing that our children were safe in our yard. This blog is dedicated to helping new homeowners choose a great fence the first time around.

How To Give A Solid Wooden Fence A Gray, Beach-Weathered Look

Do you love beachy, coastal design with its relaxed appeal and casual look? If so, a plain or stained wooden fence simply won't do. Your cedar wood fencing needs a weathered, beachy look, and you can give it that look on your own with just a few simple supplies and a little elbow grease. Here's how:

Step 1: Cleaning and sanding the fence.

If there is any debris on your fence, it will get stuck in the paint and ruin your final results. Thus, it's important to power wash your fence to remove any dirt or debris. If you don't have a power washer, just rinse the fence down with a regular hose, scrub away any obvious dirt with a scrub brush, and then spray it down again.

When you're done washing the fence, let it dry for about a day, and then sand down any parts that seem splintered or uneven. Using coarse grit sandpaper is advised.

Step 2: Preparing your paint.

Purchase some medium-gray, exterior paint from a local home improvement store. Then, pour a gallon of paint into a larger bucket. Add 1 quart of water, and stir well. Thinning out the paint in this manner ensures it does not go on too thickly. Being able to partially see through the paint will give it that weathered, beach look.

Step 3: Paint the fence.

Use a brush – not a paint roller – to ensure you get the paint into all of the little crevices in the fence. Start at the top, and work your way down. You only need to apply one layer of the paint. If you apply two layers, the paint will look too thick and won't give you that beachy look you desire.

Step 4: Seal the fence.

Since your paint is so thin, it will need a little help staying intact. Purchase a matte wood sealer, and once the paint is completely dry (wait at least 24 hours), apply a coat according to the instructions on the package. Do not use a glossy finish paint sealer – it will look to shiny. Also, make sure you apply the sealer on a non-windy day, so leaves and other debris don't get stuck on it.

When your sealer dries, step back and enjoy the weathered, relaxed look of your fence. The gray color should match most any landscaping, and all you need to do to maintain the fence is apply a new coat of sealer every couple of years.