Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Time for a paint job

Another beautiful day yesterday! I should have been pruning roses or cleaning up the garden but I decided that it was time to repaint the front gate and entryway. This pretty much took up my entire day and I ended up wearing more paint than I used on the structure. It looks so much better now (the gate, not me). Unfortunately, almost every other wood structure in our garden needs repainting this year. Some of these projects will probably have to wait until late summer and then it will be so hot that I won't want to do it.

I am longing for a picket fence around the front of our house to replace the rail fence that we now have. This time I'm going with the white plastic so I won't have to worry about repainting it. My neighbor has this fence and I can't tell that it is not made of wood. Hopefully, depending on the economy and our finances, we can do this sometimes this year. I know Michael thinks it is not needed but I think it would add a tremendous touch and feel to the garden. (He says that there are so many plants around it, you wouldn't be able to see the fence. He could have a point there!)

Before...



and After!




15 comments:

  1. How lovely, Philip ... an enchanting entry ... and how lucky you are to be working outside. Today was a tease here ~ 58. We haven't seen 'balmy' weather like this since autumn ...

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  2. Wasn't that arbor once covered with roses? Are you going to plant a new climbing rose, clematis or honey-sockle 'Serotina' it drenches the evenings in the gardens with a wonderfull perfume. Good job so far! Over here in Denmark it is really getting winter and I would freeze my butt of outside.

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  3. Phillip, The after looks fabulous...My Mr I says the same kinds of things when I want to improve the garden's bones. gail

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  4. What a difference a little paint and a lot of sweat equity make! Looks great. I'll be curious to see the new fence if you get it. There is something to be said for not having to paint.

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  5. Doesn't it feel good to get a project accomplished that actually shows off your efforts. The arbor looks great now.

    We put some of that plastic fencing in last year. It is easy to work with and looks so neat and tidy all the time.

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  6. Isn't it amazing how a little paint can make something look almost new again!

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  7. I often like the patina of old, weathered things in the garden. But then again there's a lot to be said for a new, spiffy coat of paint. It looks as good as new!

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  8. Nice paint job! After maintaining a white picket fence at our last house, I'm now more into easy care natural cedar. Lazy, I know.

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  9. Looks really nice, Phillip. The gate adds a lot to the front entrance. I'm a huge fan of gates and traditional fencing in gardens.
    Marnie

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  10. Nice job! The arbor looks wonderful re-painted. I like the lights too.

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  11. Hi Phillip, your gate looks fabulous. Well done. Our neighbors have that vinyl coated fence and it is quite nice. It shows dirt and would need to be scrubbed on occasion. They have not done that and it is no longer white but green with algae? It might depend on how many feet are needed, they have five lots and are elderly. It still looks nice though.
    Frances

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  12. Looks awesome, Phillip! It looks new! Great job!

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  13. That's a nice difference! I suspect I'm going to have to stain my deck again, as soon as the snow is gone (let's call it May!!)

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  14. WOW! What a big job--but totally worth it!

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