It feels like it’s been a long time coming but Spring has finally sprung.
With the weather set to warm up it’s time to get back into the garden. But after a long winter the wooden structures might be looking a little worse for wear.
Sustainability is one of the hottest trends right now so why not use one simple tactic to restore items in your outside space – a lick of paint.
Sheds, fences, planters and furniture can all benefit from a fresh new paint job or a new colour.
Even walls and brick edgings can enjoy a new lease of life.
Ben Thornborough, co-founder of paint company Thorndown, says you should select your colour palette based on shades that fit with your existing garden design and plants.
He advises using sample pots to make sure you get the exact the shade you want and always go with a wood paint that has been specially formulated for exterior use. This will ensure your chosen colours last longer.
“Preparation is key when it comes to the perfect finish, so before you consider painting your old, tired furniture, sand off any rough patches or loose old coatings that will show or affect the finish,” he says.
“Wooden furniture may need preserving with a wood preserver. If your furniture is made with treated softwood, remove any surface residue from the pressure-treatment process.
“If your furniture is old, make sure the surface is thoroughly cleaned. Wash off any dirt with soapy water or use a pressure-washer to blast off persistent dirt or algae. Washing with a light bleach/water solution will also help to kill off algae.”
For a perfect finish he advises applying a knotting agent or stain-blocking primer to prevent possible tannin staining of the paint coating.
If there is any rust on fixings treat the metal surfaces or use paint with flash rust inhibitor.
“And check the weather to make sure rain isn’t forecast for at least 24 hours. This will allow plenty of time for the paint to dry and fix/bond properly.”
His top tips include applying a third coaat to some lighter colours or semi-opaques to make them look better.
Horizontal surfaces on garden furniture take a real beating from the sun, rain, backsides and prosecco so give extra attention here and maybe an extra coat of paint for good measure. Additional coats will give it extra strength and it will be even longer before a maintenance coat is required.
Finally, make sure you grab something nice and cold to reward yourself with after and admire your handiwork.