Painting an old wood fence

We had to move from a beautiful home in the country to a subdivision. The small yard has different levels of wood fence bordering all sides, which we need. BUT, it is an all white house, with all white (badly needing painted) deck and fence. I hate it. We can not afford a new fence so I thought I'd paint. What colors??? I thought a warm grey. I want it to blend more with the surroundings and create a feel of distance. And the actual paint do I make sure it will last a few years as this will be a lot of work!!!
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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jan 29, 2016
    I think either the warm grey or even a taupe would work very nicely with your white house. Like any outdoor painting projects I suggest researching a wood sealer for outdoor paint.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jan 29, 2016
    Another thought just popped into my head. Possibly instead of painting staining the fence may give you a better option for long term.
  • If you live in a subdivision, you should check with the rules if you have a HOA (homeowners association). They may have specific color choices for you to have. Painting a fence will take you time and painting brown or closer to a stain color will help it blend more plus hide more imperfections. I love Behr's deck over and it is fabulous on updating a deck, railings, and even fences. I have used it on my front rails and it has held up great. It is a bit expensive and it is like melted chocolate but the results will amaze you.
    • Cindy Terry Cindy Terry on Jan 29, 2016
      @The Garden Frog with C Renee thanks for the response. We do not have a homeowners Ass. to worry about The fence is already painted white-just old and coming off-so staining won't work will it??
  • Patti McCarty Patti McCarty on Jan 29, 2016
    Once upon a time I had a kinda blue/grey house and a really ugly 20 year old wooden 6' picket fence, ala suburbia. I did a crappy job of slapping a matching grey paint on the fence, then dry brushing it with white latex paint. Easy Peasy. Invite friends, ice the beer, hand out big, ugly brushes you can throw away. This isn't rocket science. The first coat of paint will "seal the ugly" enough to help preserve the soon to be deader than a doorknob fence, it will kinda hide the ugly, (like water stains, etc.) then when the beer has kicked in, teach everyone how to dry brush. This goes really quickly. Fire up the grill! Viola~! Your fence will look like it weathered at the beach, it will be interior to your backyard (or ours was) and the WOW factor was always interesting when other neighbors came over and saw what we had done. It was spectacular! I've done it again, this time with just the white drybrushing and barn red garden gates. Also painted a big frog in a corner. You gotta be brave... go for it. You already have a white house, dry brush the fence!
    • Cindy Terry Cindy Terry on Jan 29, 2016
      @Patti McCarty Great ideas-I am an artist and have done faux finishes-just thought it would be too much work. Love your ideas
  • Lynn Palmatier Lynn Palmatier on Jan 30, 2016
    Definitely check your homeowners association for guidelines. If you have none, lucky you. Consider the color of your house trim on your fence. If it's dark definitely need to lighten it up. If it is flaking you definitely will need to sand before painting. Talk to your local paint store for advice on paints. When you say different levels, are they following the yard contours or were they slapped up quickly and not leveled? Warped pickets should be replaces and can be purchased individually at Home Depot or Lowes. If the sections were screwed into the posts you should be able to remove the panel and level them. If it is a custom fence your approach would be to reseat the pickets to level them. If you have an animal you do not want to get out of the fence make sue there are no openings at the bottom of the fence for them to get out.
  • Cindi Cindi on Jan 31, 2016
    I live in the Pikes Peak area of Co, and was going to paint my fence, which was half falling down, with a sillouette of the mountains. Unfortunately, part of the fence blew down so I figured I'd just have the whole fence replaced, but I'm still thinking about it, paint the top part light blue, with the mountain range in different shades of gray. You'd have to really seal it good though, or you'll be doing it every year, probably why I'm still in the thinking stage. I don't know why anyone would care what I painted it, since it's in the backyard, but then I don't have an HOA anyway. Anyway, I'm sure it will look good, no matter what you do, and you could just do a little at a time. Good Luck.