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Hi there

Am going to upload some photos but waiting for them to sync from my phone. In the meanwhile can anyone suggest a pleasant green paint colour for my fences and sheds? At the moment they are painted in a cedar red colour which I feel is very overpowering. Red flowered plants don't really show up very well. My dad wants to keep it all cedar red but I want to get some testers and see if I can convince him. I think it's more the expense and time to  change it that he's bothered about. But I just feel a nice green would look so much nicer. Please suggest the brand and colours!

By the way, the lef hand side fence is is the neighbours, do I need to have their permission to paint our side of that fence?

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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,055

    Paints and stains always drip thru to the other side so yes, you need the owner's permission, especially if you want to maintain good relations with them.

    I would go for a good, dark, forest green as this shows up most plants well and will cover the red cedar colour more effectively than pale green.  Even so, plan to do 2 coats to make it look good.   Cuprinol is the leading brand but big DIY chains probably stock others and maybe their own.   You really need to go and look or else google "wood stain+fences"  to get ranges of products and colours.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 32,385

    go radical. Go for "barn black" 

    Devon.
  • wakeshinewakeshine Posts: 967

    Thanks Obelixx for the advice and suggestion. Yes will ask the neighbour, we do get on quite well with them so they shouldn't mind. In fact we painted their side of the fence last time too, at our expense (as they hadn't done it!) and they were quite happy! Actually I had in mind a lighter green like sage or something. Will this clash too much with the plantings? Isn't it possible to cover it with a lighter colour?

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,179

    I found the dark green ( Forest Green?)  didn't cover my 'orange' fences well at all. I use Black Oak for my raised beds and trellis, but I also mixed black into some of the green to make a bottle colour for the fences which worked better at covering the cedar colour. 

    Think mine are Ronseal, but most of the brands are good.

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,055

    Try it but I think light sage will take 3 coats or more and look dirty quite quickly.   Try draping some sage and dark green fabric or even paper tablelcloths over the fence to get the idea of which looks best.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 7,893

    I personally like the "Cuprinol  Garden shades" amazing cover, although it looks really runny.Highland Marsh and emerald stone, are "soft" green shades but there are more.Just bought a new shed in that revolting "orange"colour.  We put up fence the side that isnt "ours" last year and this, (because there is no way the neighbours are going to do it) some panels are behind our new shed cant be accessed from their side, and would be difficult once shed was up, If they desided to paint it as they did the previous one in this bright blue, I would be fuming, it cost a ot of money.

  • wakeshinewakeshine Posts: 967

    Okay I have just had a look at the Cuprinol website. Actually sage is quite dark! What I had meant I liked was Willow or Juicy Grape, haha! But now you mention it I think the darker colours would be better. I don't want ti have a tough time colvering the 'orange'! It definitely is overpowering this cedar red, may aswell call it orange, you're right Fairygirl. Somerset Green is darker than Old English Green, should I go for that? Ronseal Dark Oak looks much nicer than the cedar red but I really wanted to go for a green. Ronseal 'garden paint' has more colours but I am not sure if these are for fences and sheds. Ronseal website is a tad confusing to me!

  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 7,893

    Basically, because it would "bleed" through to our side, but they are good quality fence panels in quite a soft natural colour.  Oronically, every garden we have had, we have ended up fencing BOTH sides.

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,179

    wakeshine - I have 'willow' on my screen, and on my bench but the screen is all new wood, and the bench was sanded and stripped back first, so there was no, or very little,  paint residue on it. It definitely won't cover that horrible orange stuff. 

    It would also be hideously expensive to paint big areas of fence!

    Last edited: 02 August 2017 12:50:38

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • wakeshinewakeshine Posts: 967

    What do you think?

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    Very difficult to photograph red shaded flowers ever since this shed eyesore was erected 3 years ago

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    Another cedar shed near house end. Whoever it was loved cedar!!

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