Add curb appeal with an updated fence
Photo caption: Benjamin Moore's Midnight, with dark green undertones, ties in nicely with the manicured lawn and garden.
(NC)—A beautiful, well-maintained fence adds to the value and outdoor aesthetics of your home. Whether painted or stained, a fence must be constantly maintained over the years to be protected against the snow, rain, hail, hot sun and UV rays. Sharon Grech, the colour and design expert for Benjamin Moore, shares step-by-step tips on how to give your fence a facelift this spring:
Assemble the tools: Half the battle when updating a fence is in the preparation. Have all the tools ready to go, including drop cloths and brushes, paint trays and tape, and any necessary cleaning supplies.
Clean and prep: Taking the time to properly clean and wash away any debris that has collected over the winter ensures a fresh canvas that will yield favourable results. Benjamin Moore has several exterior stain prep products that make this task much easier. Depending on the condition of the fence, it may also need to be sanded to ensure a smooth, even surface that allows the wood to accept the paint better.
Prime and paint: Priming is an essential part of the fence-painting process and should not be overlooked. It not only gives the paint something to stick to, it helps to protect the wood against the elements. However, if you choose to use a stain, priming may not be necessary.
Don't be afraid of colour: Experiment with more than the just the basics to add a creative twist and designer feel to the home. Darker shades with green undertones like the Benjamin Moore colour Midnight, give a stately, formal look to the yard, while bold and playful Stuart Gold provides a burst of bright colour for whimsical flair.
More information is available online at BenjaminMoore.ca or at your local retailer.
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