Just Like Tom Sawyer

Our Montana summer seemed more like a Seattle summer thanks to the unusually frequent rainfall.  What does this mean?  We didn’t get many outdoor projects done this year.  Fortunately, we didn’t have many on our list.  We did, however, get our fence painted, finally!  Last summer, we primed it, but it didn’t hold up to the elements very well.  So, over the weekend, Ben used a pressure washer to remove any loose, chipping or peeling paint.

Isn’t this lovely?

After some reasearch, Ben decided to use an opaque white stain by Behr, specifically formulated for outdoor wood and siding.

Using a sprayer, Ben applied an even coat, then used a brush to smooth it all out.

We also closed the open area where we had planned to install a gate.

When we built the fence, we had large, communal garbage cans in the dead end alley.  I guess our garbage man ran into a few too many things while backing up, so the city gave us individual garbages.  Why am I telling you this?  Because we no longer needed access to the alley as our garbage is now up front.

Long story short, one more item has been checked off our to do list!

7 thoughts on “Just Like Tom Sawyer

  1. I have been through a good deal of your blog this afternoon and I just adore all the updates and remodels you have done on your house!! so inspiring — I will definitely be using your blog as a reference when my husband and I get into our next house. =)

    1. Hi Ashley,

      Thanks so much for your sweet comment! Please send any pics of your projects that we’ve inspired you to do!


  2. Your fence looks nice and fresh. Reminds me of the days, growing up with my Horses and seeing all of the freshly painted white fences… those were the days 🙂

  3. Yay Montana! I am a MT native, but have transplanted myself to Oregon for now. Finding out that you’re in MT makes me love your blog even more! I have really enjoyed it, and am getting more and more inspired to do some decorating and painting around my house!

  4. That fence looks wonderful! Clean and simple and lets light in. I hope to do something like that to replace our current leaning monstrosity.

  5. Hi, I came across your blog when searching for white stain for my new fence. Yours looks lovely! Can you tell me how well it’s held up over time? Thank you!

    1. Hi Heather!

      Though we’re no longer at that house, we do know the owners and it has held up pretty well. It didn’t fare too well in a major hail storm, but the stain worked well for four years. 🙂 I hope that helps you with your decision, but I’m always happy to answer questions.


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