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How to: Use Chalk Paint® to Paint Garden Fences

Hello, here I am in my garden and I’m about to paint my garden gate. I’ve chosen a really nice day, I know that the weather is going to be good, at least we hope so, that’s the forecast there’s no rain. I’m doing it in the morning so there’s not going to be a really strong sun on it. That’s because I want to be able to paint with out the paint drying too quickly.

So here’s my paint here. As I said this Chalk Paint® and the colour is Olive. I think it’ll be a really great kind colour for the garden because it’s got a lot of green in here and any flowers and things look amazing with it.

[starts painting]

So I’ve done half the gate. I’ve used only a quarter of the tin, not even that actually, so I’ve got plenty to do the whole gate.

[finishes painting]

Done! Pretty quick, I’m really pleased with it, I think is looking fantastic. I’m going leave it now for a couple of days just to really dry out completely and really solidly bond with the wood. Once it’s done that I am going to varnish it, I’m going to lacquer it,

I’m going to use my Lacquer, it’s a good outdoor Lacquer, with UV protection. So why
I’m doing it is because there are some bits here which are quite flat and they’ll get water on them. And so because that might puddle on there, it would be better for it to all be protected. But I won’t do that until this is thoroughly dry and I think it’s going to look absolutely gorgeous… and I wished I’d done it earlier!

Follow these simple steps to paint your garden fence or wooden gate with Chalk Paint®.

Chalk Paint® offers a quick and simple way to refresh wooden fences and gates. If you’re planning to give your garden a new look this year, think about how a fresh coat of paint can really complement your planting. Maybe instead of a traditional white picket fence, you want to go green (like Annie) to set off any florals. Dark colours like Graphite can really make foreground colours pop and create a contemporary look.

Whichever colour you choose, the key to repainting your garden fence is in the timing. Plan ahead by checking the weather forecast. You want to make sure you have a few dry days without rain to give your paint the time to really set. It’s a great idea to paint in the morning, too. You want to avoid strong direct sunlight so the paint doesn’t dry too quickly while you work.

Once painted, you can choose to seal your garden fence with Chalk Paint® Lacquer or leave it as it is. Vertical surfaces, such as fences or outside walls, are not as susceptible to water or UV damage so it’s not necessary to seal with Lacquer. However, anything horizontal or diagonal, such as roofs or garden furniture, will need to be sealed with Chalk Paint® Lacquer to protect the paint work from the elements.

Step by step guide to painting wooden fences and gates

  1. Remove any dirt and cobwebs with a cloth.
  2. Perform a small test patch. If you are planning on using Chalk Paint® Lacquer to finish, be sure to test with both paint and lacquer. If a stain comes through the paint and lacquer, seal the whole gate with a clear stain blocker.
  3. Open your tin of Chalk Paint® and stir thoroughly.
  4. Apply straight to the wood, moving your brush in every direction. You can even paint over hinges as Chalk Paint® can be applied to most surfaces.
  5. Allow 1-2 days for the paint to fully dry and bond to the wood.
  6. Apply Chalk Paint® Lacquer. This step is only really needed if your fence or gate has horizontal or diagonal surfaces where water might pool. If so, follow this guide to using varnish outdoors.

Using Chalk Paint® outdoors is easy! It’s all in the planning. Find yourself a couple of days with no rain and start painting early, before the heat of the midday sun kicks in. When you’re done, give your paint enough time to dry and it’s ready to seal with Lacquer or simply enjoy. You might even find you have some paint leftover, so why now use it to paint some garden furniture too?

Now that you’re ready to give your garden fence a makeover, be sure to purchase all the materials you need from your local Annie Sloan Stockist.

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