Painting Outdoors

The weather has been so lovely here in the North West over the past few weeks, so I decided to use this time to do a spot of painting outdoors.

I had two projects to be done:

A garden table which was in need of a little TLC


And this fence – which runs along the outside of my mum’s little patio.20140423-135856.jpg

As you will see in the pictures below, only one of these projects went well!

Let’s start with the positive. The fence has been absolutely transformed with a lick of Annie Sloan’s lovely Provence!

I love the colour of Provence - it reminds me of the Mediterranean.

I love the colour of Provence – it reminds me of the Mediterranean.

As you can see, the slightly worse-for-wear decking has also been replaced by artificial grass, which I think sets off the new fence perfectly.

Getting between the posts was fiddly!

Getting between the posts was fiddly!

Painting the fence was one of the more tricky projects I’ve done to date. At first I thought it would be quite straightforward, but when we got down to business it was surprisingly fiddly – not least trying to keep any paint from dripping onto the newly laid ‘grass’! Fortunately, chalk paint doesn’t drip too much.

It was also quite tricky trying to get paint in between the fence posts to ensure that it was covered from all angles. I purchased a multipack of cheapo paintbrushes from our local hardware shop and threw each one away as they got frayed – all that squeezing between the fence posts destroyed the brushes after half an hour!

If anyone is thinking of having a go at something similar, my advice would be to clean the fence (or item of furniture) as much as you possibly can before starting. You wouldn’t think that a fence could get so dirty, but it was quite mossy and dusty in some places. We did clean it first, but not enough, resulting in occasional stopping to dust off a panel before paint could be applied!

OK, so my second project unfortunately was not such a success. I ummed and ahhed about sharing this with you on my blog, because I did make a great big clanging mistake with this one!

So, any fan of Annie Sloan’s paints (or other chalk paints, perhaps) will know that the paints adhere to almost any surface. Note the word almost in that sentence! Unfortunately, along with shiny plastics, one of the few surfaces that chalk paint will not adhere to is: wooden surfaces treated with teak oil. And what was my garden table made of? Wood treated with teak oil!


Oh dear.

Oh dear.

Well, as you can see, it didn’t really work. I just did not think about this before setting to with my tin of Coco. The paint has not adhered at all, and is flaking off all over the place!

As for the next steps, I plan to use a power-sander to try and sand off the flakes and restore the table to a state where it could be painted again – and this time, opt for a specific garden paint!

Hey ho: every day’s a schoolday! At least I hope to prevent someone else from making the same mistake. Onwards and upwards… I’ve got a coffee table to paint next, and I’m filling up my ideas book for my next Weekend Inspiration post!

Happy upcycling,

Helen x


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