Friday, 29 July 2016

Garden Improvements: Paint Your Fence with Wickes

How's your garden looking this summer?  With the kids off school it's probably awash with toys, paddling pools and all the rest, but in its more grown-up-focussed moments, how's it doing?  Despite the average garden getting smaller, this 'outside room' is one of the most important areas of our homes.  We Brits love our gardens, and we want them to look good.


Improving your garden and making it a lovely place to be has a positive impact on family life, and of course making your garden a fun and relaxing space will encourage everyone to get out there and spend time together.  Making the best of your garden means there will also be somewhere to invite friends and extended family, a place to be proud of.  On a recent sunny Saturday, the bread roll and burger/sausage areas of our local Sainsbury's were empty and there was that unmistakable tang of barbecue in the air.  The world and his missus was having a barbie, and all were invited.


On the list of 'jobs to do in the garden', painting your fence probably isn't the most exciting or even a top priority.  Painting a fence is often one of the last projects to be finalised in a garden overhaul, but it will make a big difference to the overall appearance of your garden.  By painting your fence regularly with a weatherproof product, you could not vastly only improve its look, but also extend the life of the wood by a number of years.  After all, why would you spend money on new fence panels when you could spend it on other areas of your garden?

We recently volunteered to paint my mum's garden fence as it was looking rather tired and worn.  Now in her 70s, she manages to keep up with most of the gardening and weeding, but bigger jobs such as the fence are not something Mum should be tackling.  With regular visits from the grandchildren and summer visits and gatherings coming up, not least her birthday yesterday, this was the ideal time to tackle the fence for her.


Despite Lara's assurances after her dry run with the Shed & Fence Soft Grip Brush and water, Steve was a bit daunted by this new challenge.  Luckily, Wickes products and brilliant 'How to' guides have everything you need for all kinds of gardening jobs that initially seem daunting, such as painting a fence, maintaining decking and creating new borders.  You can see the huge array of different 'How to' guides they offer here:



Wickes has a great range of products for painting fences available both online and in store.  First we sought out the products we needed, which included:
  • Cuprinol 5 Year Ducksback which is available in five colours
  • Shed & Fence Roller Set
  • Shed & Fence Soft Grip Brush
  • Exterior Masking Tape 25mm x 50m
  • Angled Sanding Sponge Fine
  • Wickes Vinyl Gloves
  • How to Paint Exterior Wood guide


Cuprinol Ducksback is a 5 year colour and weather protection, wax-enriched formula, which becomes showerproof in just one hour (perfect for our unpredictable British summers!).  It has a non-drip, less mess application, is low odour and is safe to use around plants and pets.  With its very high protective finish and advanced formula this seemed just the thing to give Mum's fence a new lease of life.  Available in forest oak, rich cedar, forest green, harvest brown and autumn gold, we opted for the latter as it is a bright, sunny shade that will look great all year round.


After cleaning and sanding the wood, Steve set to with roller and brush.  The colour came out quite bright at first but dried to a pleasant honey shade.  My mum is delighted with the finished fence!


Wickes has more than 235 stores nationwide, including 14 Kitchen and Bathroom stand alones, and is the trusted name for both DIY-ers and the building trade.

For more information, help and advice go to www.wickes.co.uk

We'll certainly be going back for our next project...


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