With the weather starting to warm up spring is the perfect time to spend some time outside and refresh the look of your home with a new feature in the garden.

Feature walls are becoming very vogue and are an extremely cost effective way to add a little flair to a space. All you need is a little paint, a great looking stencil and a couple of hours of your time. It’s a perfect Saturday project!

You don’t need any great artistic skills to create a great looking feature, it really is as simple as painting your fence but it will add value to your home and make your yard somewhere you would proudly entertain.

Make sure to choose a paint that well wear well, preferably with a guarantee so you know you aren’t going to have to worry about it for many years to come and one that is easy to apply.

One of the Shieldcoat team decided to paint and stencil their fence over the weekend to show you just how simple it can be.

They used Shieldcoat’s Ultrashield tinted to woodland grey. This colour is a great backdrop for a garden with a lot of green or potted colour! Neutral but effective.

What you will need:

  • Fine weather
  • 14m2 per litre Ultrashield tinted to your desired colour. With thousands of options  to choose from your local Shieldcoat distributor will be happy to discuss all the options to help choose a colour scheme that suits your taste and the existing look of your home.
  • Fence paint brush. You can find one of these at your local Paint Place store.
  • Stencil*
  • Spray can in a colour of your choice. Your local Shieldcoat Ultrashield distributor will be more than happy to show you their range and what you need depending on how large your stencil is. Alternatively an outdoor wall hanging.
  • Cardboard and masking tape for the stencil.

How to paint your fence:

  1. DAY BEFORE: Give the fence a wash down with your hose to remove any dust, cobwebs or dirt. Just a quick hose down is usually all that is needed for an unpainted natural pine fence.
  2. ON THE DAY: Time to paint!
  3. Paint one panel or section at a time being sure to work even strokes in to the fence. Remember to not load up your brush with too much paint as it cause runs and dribbles in our painting.
  4. If you get some on down pipes etc. don’t worry it washes off in water. Just be sure to not let it dry completely. It can be handy to have a damp rag handy to wipe any mistakes as you go.
  5. Allow first coat to dry – touch dry is fine. It takes approx. 2 hours but if you have a particularly warm, sunny day it may be ready sooner.
  6. Don’t be tempted to skip the second coat. 2 coats necessary to ensure even, lasting coverage.
  7. Apply a second coat of your Shieldcoat Ultrashield Colour.
  8. Once your fence is completely dry (we recommend allowing at least 2 hrs) you can apply your stencil* or outdoor wall feature.
  9. When applying your stencil make sure you correctly measure a location that is suitable, you want to ensure it is straight and centred.
  10. Tape your stencil in place and use a small amount of Blu Tack around the edges of the hole where you are going to spray to ensure you don’t have leaks or runs and end up with a nice clean edge to your stencil with little or no over spray.
  11. Follow the manufactures instructions for your particular spray paint. Remember not to hold the can in one spot for too long so as to not create runs.
  12. If you get anything wrong don’t stress it is just paint and you can roll over you base and start again.
  13. Wait until everything is completely dry then add some fresh mulch and you’ll have a fresh look for your garden, ready for the BBQ season.

*our stencil was downloaded from a stencil website. Directions on how to make them are easily found on YouTube and other web sites.