A fence serves a variety purposes wheteher it uses a wooden panels for the optimum in privacy. Whicever type chosen periodic maintenance is necessary to keep the fence in shape and looking good, the fence sticks out like a sore thumb because it is so pristine. Fences can provide privacy, security, safety, and an element of style to your yard. A fence is meant to border the home and help define spaces on the property. A fence can act as a barrier between you and your neighbor or create an outline designating patio or yard space. Some fencing renovations can be done by ourselves, such as painting or staining your existing fence..
Rather than waiting years, you can speed up the process by distressing the wood or giving it a whitewashed appearance. You may also wish to make your distressed fence fit in with a cottage garden or old Mediterranean garden theme. Either technique can be done with standard paint or stain supplies from a home improvement store, with a little hardware thrown in to create the look of distressed wood.
Things you will need
Sack of screws or heavy hardware dark wood stain
Antique white latex paint (flat or matte finish)
This first step is very easy in the fence staining project. Closely examining the wood involves looking for things like broken fence pieces, screws, nails, or staples. These things need to be removed or fixed in order to end up with a smooth surface where you can apply the fence stain. When you are working on an old wooden fence, your project can be seriously slowed down if you have to remove nails along the way. Sand down areas that may appear too rough or you believe could cause issues with application. Take the time right at the beginning of the project to fully inspect the wood and deal with any broken pieces right away. This is likely only to take a couple of minutes.
You can also do this following stages:
- Beat random areas of the fence posts with a hammer. Whack some areas with the claw or side of the hammer as well, for a variation in the look. These indentations will show up darker once stained, adding to the aged effect. Skip Steps 1 and 2 if you only want the boards to look like they’ve been out in the weather, rather than like aged or reclaimed wood.
- Swing a sack full of heavy hardware, such as screws, chains, nuts and bolts, at random areas of the fence to create dents. This gives the wood a reclaimed, old look which will show up even better once stained.
- Brush dark stain over the wood using an inexpensive paintbrush. Rub the paint off the boards using rags. Wear rubber gloves to avoid staining your hands. Allow the stain to soak longer into the boards in some areas than others to create the effect of more weathering in some portions of the fence. This looks natural as some areas of a yard are prone to more extreme weather conditions than others, such as full sun with no protection.
- Soaking some areas of the fence with water before applying stain makes the stain rub off more easily, resulting in variations among plank colors.
- Stir a white paint can with a stir stick or paintbrush. Pour some of it into a bucket. Add a small amount of water to the paint in the bucket — just enough to thin the paint to your liking. Mix with the stir stick.
- Examine the watery paint on an area of the fence to make sure if paint is thinned to your liking. If it’s too thick, add more water. The more water in the paint, the thinner and more transparent the whitewash effect.
- Paint the artificial whitewash mixture over the fence with a paintbrush, wiping up drips back into the finish as you work. Allow the paint to dry completely.
- Apply a polyurethane sealer over your faux weathered fence, if you wish, to protect the look but may leave a gloss or sheen finish. Leaving it to age more on its own without a sealer contributes to the fence’s weathered appearance.