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Posted by Scarlett001
Tue, Aug 5, 14 at 19:04
|A year ago, a big windstorm blew over the back fence (the two side fences were fine). I got a new fence put in and want to use a solid stain on the back fence. Initially, the idea was to colour match since I like the light/medium gray/blue colour well enough and it does go well with the vinyl siding on the house. |
I've been trying to find a good colour match for the stain, and the closest so far is Silver Lake by BM, although it does appears a tad too light so I can move up to the next shade darker (it is from the old colours so easy to move up one shade in intensity) which I think will be a perfect match.
I got thinking that while I can match the current fence colour, I could consider changing the entire fence colour - although I am not that keen on painting the side fences I could do it. Photos to follow.
My options are:
(i) To match the back fence to the existing side fence colour
(ii) To get an approximate match, but maybe lighten/brighten the colour a bit - this way the match will be good enough that I won't have to rush to stain the side fences, but perhaps next summer I could redo the side fences.
(iii) To do the entire fence an entirely different colour (not sure what I would do, as white is one option and that might be a bit too bright in the sun, and I don't want the fence to be any darker).
This post was edited by Scarlett001 on Tue, Aug 5, 14 at 19:10
|Side fence colour with some test patches of stains on the back fence. The best match is the lower test stain but I will have to go one shade darker to get a better match. I do rather like the top shade as it is a bit more blue and a bit lighter and move lively.|
|Photo to show vinyl siding and the side fence colour.|
|Good photo of the vinyl siding on the house.|
|Another photo of existing side fence colour.|
|I'd paint it white to go with the lattice as well as the siding.|
|Does white get very bright in the sunlight? If I did this, does one go for a pure white, or a very pale greyed down white?|
|I'd paint it in a crisp white but using flat paint. If you use a flat paint, it won't seem bright in the sunlight. White fences give a yard a crisp, clean look and feel. and you can put more plantings along the fence, and with the white peeping from behind them, it's very pretty.|
|Does anyone have any suggestions of BM colours that would give that crisp white feel?|
|Do a good amount of research before you start this project. You want to make sure you do it right, use the correct kind of paint and primer, etc. |
Start with the link below.
As for the kind of white, you really just need a basic white. When you go to the paint store, just ask them for a good exterior white fence paint. They'll know.
Here is a link that might be useful: Painting a wood fence
|I wouldn't paint the fence white. It would be blinding in the sun and much more upkeep to keep it looking good. The blue gray looks good even when a bit faded, but white won't. I would paint the lattice to match the fence, tho. |
I can't help with specific paint colors, but think you are on the right track. I like fences (especially solid ones) that look like a backdrop for the plants in the yard.
|We recently moved to Florida. I dislike those white, plastic fences. They are so artificial looking, so bright they scream as you go up the street. |
I'm actually thinking of doing something similar. Our house is a greyish blue and I was thinking of staining the fence to match. I think the grey blends in to the landscape, doesn't scream and looks good with plants and trees.
Go with your original choice.
|I had a wood picket fence and thought I wanted it white too. It looks beautiful, for about 5 minutes. The rain makes grey streaks on it, everything that touched it stained it, and it looked bad within just a few months. |
Grey is much for forgiving. :)
So if you love re-painting, or patina doesn't bother you then you can go for the white. I've repainted mine grey and haven't needed to touch it since.
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