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! 🙂
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Here are a few of my favourite painted sheds and fences!
So, what colour will you use in your garden to make the space more fun and inviting?