Oh gosh. Sometimes I really feel like the name of my blog should be something like “What not to do so you don’t eff up your project”. Or something along those lines.
So the latest in my line of DIY mistakes (I’m on a roll lately) is such an elementary DIY goof up- yet one that I walked right into– that I can’t believe that sometimes I actually advise people on the internet how to fix up their homes.
Remember when I posted my dilemma on what color to stain my fence? Well, I ended up deciding to go an entirely different direction, and painting it white instead. I just couldn’t get that image of those roses climbing over that sweet white picket fence out of my mind:
After tons of research, we originally chose Behr’s Barn and Fence paint. It’s got fantastic reviews. But alas, our local Home Depot doesn’t carry it, so we ended up going with Valspar’s Barn and Fence Paint in Flat White in latex.
If you look at this paint, it says “self-priming”. So we thought…no primer needed.
And at first, it looked great, although it did take two coats to cover.
Sorry, these are unedited iPhone pics, but not bad, right?
Won’t this little corner look so pretty with some red and pink climbing roses spilling over it?
But then it rained. After the first rain, ugly brown spots and orange discolorations started showing through. As Michael said, it looked tobacco stained.
Turned out, new wood really needs to be primed first. Like really primed #nocheatin’. Which you’d think someone that has painted as much as we have would have figured out. That pic, above, is after two coats. It doesn’t do a good job of showing the orange, but you can definitely see the dark spots showing through. And guess what? On the paint, it even says to prime new wood first.
So far, we’ve done 4 coats on the fence. 15 gallons. And it still needs more. Fifth times the charm?
I’ve said before, I kinda like painting. It’s therapeutic for me. But this fence has, as we say in the South, done whooped me. Never again.