Small things can make the world of difference

Apr 25


Fences of the traditional variety are one of my pet hates. I much prefer a more contemporary fence such as these open slat type or gabion fences.

With a fence on our boundary that was only replaced shortly before we bought the house in 2012 and funds tight I decided  to look at painting our existing panels before we put them back.

I had a look around online for options that came in a grey colour but getting hold of samples wasn’t easy or cheap and I didn’t want to waste  money buying a large tin that might not be suitable.

On a trip to Wickes for other materials  I discovered they did sample pots for the Cuprinol Garden Shades range and came away with two to test out; Urban Slate and Silver Birch.

After applying a little of each onto a sample strip of wood I instantly new  the Urban Slate was one to go for. I purchased large tins of the paint and set to work painting the panels doing two coats on each side. It is a time consuming process but I was excited to see the end results.

This weekend we finally completed the panels that had been removed and as you can see here with the panels back in place it has really transformed the fence and it works particularly well against the white and greys we have used for the house finishes.

Painting the fence grey has also brought out the texture of the wood and provides an excellent backdrop to the green of plants, really making them pop.



  1. Hi there
    The fence looks great! We have just finished a home renovation. We put in anthracite grey windows and hope to get a bin store to cover the ugly bins out front. I hope to paint it to match the windows…what colour are your windows?

    • Emma Hier /

      Hi Laura

      Many apologies I have only just seen your comment from November. Glad you like my blog and what we have done to the house. The windows are RAL 7016. We also will be doing a bin store at some point. Its a shame there aren’t any good bin stores on the market. I have seen a good one online but only available in America !!

      Many thanks, emma

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