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Staining Our Old Fence

If you have an old wood fence - staining it makes such a difference! I'm going to show you what I did get get our beautiful black fence. I did this last summer in our old house before we moved. Why did I do it before moving? Because I didn't know we would be moving. It all happened really fast. You can read more about that here.

Here is the before of the fence. You can see it's pretty old (I think honestly over 20 years old). There were a few warped boards and so I replaced those with some cedar fence boards. I know they say to let them sit awhile before staining - but I didn't. And I didn't notice anything wrong with doing that - especially since it was only a few boards.

After replacing a few of the boards - I pressure washed our whole entire fence. This took literally forever, but I feel like it was a necessary step to get all the gunk and grime off of the very old boards before staining it.

I remember it looked SO clean after I pressure washed it. Like so many years of dirt and grime were gone. It definitely took some time but it was worth it.

After that - I bought and tested the stain on a few boards.

Here's a tip if you are staining your fence boards black - buy this stain. It's literally $50 for 5 gallons. And I think to do my fence we needed 4, 5 gallon buckets. That's a lot if you're buying $200 5 gallon buckets from your normal paint store.

10/10 recommend. I bought this stain for our fence and it literally only took 1 coat. 1 coat! I know people say you should do 2, and back brush it and all that, but I didn't. I used my favorite paint sprayer for outdoor painting projects, and went over it with one coat.

You literally stick the sprayer directly into the 5 gallon bucket and it sucks the paint out, so there's no refilling or anything. It took me about 5 hours to do our whole fence. I wore a suit so I didn't get overspray on my hair, and I also wore a mask. I definitely recommend this if you're going to be spraying paint!

And here's how it turned out:

Literally so beautiful. LOVED the black fence. If you have any staining questions - leave a comment below! I'm more than happy to help.


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