Glorious Garden Paint to Brighten Up your Summer

Of all the things I write about on my blog, the question I get asked the most is what garden paint have you used? We really have seen a huge shift in recent years from brown, tan, teak and, well, more brown in the garden with vibrant colours popping up everywhere from Cuprinol’s Sweet Sundae to Protek’s Porcelain Blue.

Flowers and plants are no longer the only thing that are fabulous at injecting colour into your garden, we no longer have to be restrained when it comes to choosing garden paint colours for our fence or sheds (even if your neighbours think you’ve gone barking mad when you start painting your fence a neon pink you can see from space! 🙂 

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Table top painted in Cuprinol Sweet Sundae
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Shed painted in Porcelain Blue

But, injecting colour into your garden doesn’t have to stop at your fence and shed! Hey, you might not even have a shed or fence and still want to join the Paint Fan Gang! Member = 1. Me. So here are a few more ideas to help you get that paintbrush out in the garden.

Create your own jazzy furniture

Got tired wooden furniture in your garden? Sun loungers seen better days? Can’t get hold of any garden furniture and want to make your own?

After weeks of being let down by garden stores when it came to getting hold of a large coffee table for our garden, we decided to make our own.

We used the pallets from our gravel order and painted them in Cuprinol Iris garden paint to match the fence. We finished off the pallet table by ordering a pack of tiles from Wickes and super gluing them to the pallet so the kids no longer lost their Uno cards down the gaps. Ta-dah, a fabulous new table to go in my Med inspired garden for less than £25!

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Our pallet table made of Iris paint and wickes tiles. We’ve still to attach the wheels.
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Me pretending not to drink all the gin before guests arrive! 🙂

Using bright garden paint colours on your furniture really does add character and pops of interest in dark corners. If you have a wooden table and chairs and are a rubbish gardener like me (think flowers not living past a week old), why not paint them different colours to add a bit of cheerfulness to your garden.

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Cuprinol have also painted the top of this pallet in Buttercup Blast

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This setting is made all the more special because of the colourful pieces of furniture. Image Credit: Protek
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How about spray painting that old and rusting bistro set you have looking sorry for itself in your garden? Image credit: B&Q

Update your trellis

I bet no one has ever said that to you before? Let’s ban boring brown trellises from our outdoor spaces and get the garden paint colour out! The beauty of a colourful trellis is the fact that the greenery will grow around it, leaving pops of bright colour in between. Even if you don’t own one, they’re a great way of quickly adding colour to your garden if you don’t have a fence.

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Another colourful beauty by Protek!
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I love this tall white painted trellis and how the plants are creeping through. It gives the impression you are walking through an orangery. Image credit: Bailey’s Photography
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The trellis at the front of our house has seen better days. A quick lick of Antique Rose paint by Protek has made all the difference

Garden Planters

One of the easiest and quickest ways to add colour to your garden is by painting your plant pots and planters! Last year I painted a planter I picked up in a charity shop for £5 and the pop of pink is always creeping into your vision no matter where you are sat in the garden!

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You can paint anything really, from terracotta pots (although why you would, I’m not sure. I love a terracotta pot!) to tin cans nailed to your fence.

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Use old tin cans and plastic bottles and paint them rainbow colours Image Credit: Bernard Hermant
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I love these summery painted pots by The Crafted Sparrow

Outdoor kitchens and Potting Shelves

Gardens have got it all now haven’t they? Who needs to go indoors ever again? Unless you’re British which means all the time when it starts to rain although no rain was forecast. Anyway…

I love the current outdoor kitchen trends. Gone are the days when an old battered BBQ and a side table grabbed from the living room would suffice. Oh no, these days you can pretty much move everything out into the garden including the kitchen sink!

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Absolutely love this rustic kitchen with fence and sideboard painted in black. Image credit: HM Home
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A grey outdoor kitchen in the garden (it’s concrete but had to include it!) Image credit: WWOO

To start your garden kitchen, all you need is an old workbench or table. Give it a lick of paint in any colour you fancy to spruce it up, lean it up against your garden fence or wall and add some shelving! This is also a great way to add some potting shelves to your garden!

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How’s this for a pop of colour in your garden? Image: Pinterest/Unknown
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A pretty potting shelf made from pallets and painted a sage green. Image credit: 99pallets.com

Garden arches and Pergolas

Let’s banish that boring brown and turn our arches and pergolas into an assortment of colours! A bit like trellises, arches or arbours look so much better when painted in a different colour to brown, so they really stand out against the plants.

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The archway and obelisks are painted the same colour in this garden. Image credit: gardentrellis.co.uk

I really wanted a pergola in our garden, but as our seating area is at the back of the garden under very large trees, I felt it would have been a waste of money. However, if we were to buy one, I would most certainly paint it a different colour. You could use garden paint to match the colour of your fence. Or even the colour of your back door and windowsills.

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This pergola has been painted a teal colour to match the doors and window frames of the house. Image Credit: Houzz.com
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A light blue pergola. Image credit: @welovehomeblog

 

The walls! Don’t forget the walls

Now, don’t get me wrong, I do love a brick wall and I love how they look in the garden, so I would never advocate painting over them. But, if you really want to inject some colour into your garden and only have a small courtyard and find the brown bricks a bit oppressive, then why not?

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I love this brightly coloured wall! Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Arles

You would need some masonry paint to do this and I think, compared to exterior garden paint, there isn’t such a great choice. But, coming from Brighton where this is an abundance of brightly coloured house fronts, I’m sure you would be able to find a colour that brings joy to your outdoor space.

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The lovely Maxine of welovehomeblog.com has painted her exterior a fabulous shade of aqua!

Fence and Shed

I couldn’t write a garden paint blog post without touching on the fence and shed! These garden essentials are currently being attacked all over the country with rainbow colours if my Instagram feed is anything to go by!

We’ve painted our garden fence in Cuprinol Iris and it really has transformed the space. The plants and greenery look fabulous against the dark blue and it provides a wonderful backdrop to our garden. The next project is to paint the large garden room Cuprinol Black Ash, which will help it to blend into it’s surroundings.

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We’ve painted our fence and pallet table in Cuprinol Iris
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The dark blue paint really makes the greenery of the plants stand out

Here are a few of my favourite painted sheds and fences!

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Love this pink shed painted in Dusty Blush by Frenchic Image credit: @caffeineandcacti
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How cute is this “house” shed. Image credit: stylemepretty.com
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A very pretty blue and white shed. Image credit: fothersgillinc.blogspot.com
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A bit like with the dark blue fence, this calming fence painted in Farrow & Ball Bone also provides a fabulous backdrop for the plants. Image credit: hendycurzon.com
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Who says fences have to be the same colour! Loving this idea by @athomewithashley

So, what colour will you use in your garden to make the space more fun and inviting?

Mel x

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