We finally managed to complete a makeover of our horrible back fence. This one has been on the to-do list for a while.
The overall condition of the fence wasn't too bad, considering it looks as though the previous owners had done little to no work on looking after it. Our budget is tight, so I didn't want to spend a fortune on sprucing up the back fence. Unfortunately this meant a lot of manual painting instead of splurging on a spray gun.
Our neighbours at the back have a large Colorbond fence, so we didn't want to choose a colour that was too light and might clash with the cream colour of their fence. We decided to make the fence a bit of a feature, so we used the colour Dulux Domino, which is a dark grey, almost charcoal colour.
When choosing the paint, we opted for a more affordable option than the Dulux paint and selected Walpamur exterior paint. Because we chose a different paint base, the colour wasn't exactly dark grey and the cool undertones were a little more prominent despite two coats. The colour is almost a dark blue, so if you're specifically wanting the dark grey colour I would recommend spending the extra for Dulux paint.
Despite the fact that the colour isn't exactly what we wanted, it still looks great. It really makes the plants pop, and probably even matches the light blue colour of our house better.
The next step in our courtyard makeover is to source small plants that grow well in the shade, but I'm definitely glad we managed to cross this item off our list – it makes the fence look almost new again.
Before and after
How to spray paint a fence
You can quickly and easily make your fence look a million bucks without the cost of replacing it. Spray painting is a fast and efficient way to update the look of your front or back yard. The Bunnings team has shared step-by-step advice for how to transform your fence.