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When we bought this house two plus years ago, I actually had dreams of painting the house black. I love black houses. And, how strongly I feel about black house paint, is exactly how strong Tom, aka The Handsome Hunk feels about black house paint. Except in the opposite direction. Cue the tragic music. So, I decided for the next best thing, a black wood fence!
But, it was a journey getting to that point, so let’s back up.
One of the first things we did as new homeowners with three dogs, was put up a fence. And, before moving on, I want to publicly acknowledge what a great job Tom did on the fence. Let’s be honest, my only real job in putting up the fence was designing is, aka making it more tedious and difficult for him. We bought the house in October, and so he installed the fence in cold, rainy November, which was anything but ideal. I wanted some depth of field in our fence with offset panels in the back, which caused a lot of headaches but in the end, it looked so good!
Since I knew I wasn’t getting a black house (although, I did keep trying over the years), I thought that a black wood fence would look nice. The Handsome Hunk was also not on board with this idea. Luckily for me at the time, we decided to let our fence weather for a year before deciding on a fence stain color.
The internet says mixed things about letting fences weather before staining, so I don’t really know how necessary it really is.
But wait, you say, I thought you bought the house over two years ago and you decided to weather the fence for a year. Very astute observation. Well, then we got engaged, and married, and basically all house projects came to a screeching halt while wedding planning took over our lives. So, weathering the fence for a year, turned into weathering the fence for two years. Which, I believe worked to my advantage because I don’t think that I could have convinced Tom of the wonders of a black fence in just one year. It really took the full two years to get him on board. Or at least get him to agree. Because, up until the moment the paint went on, he was not sure that it would look good.
I had collected inspiration, on Pinterest of course. So, I knew it would look amazing. Classic with a modern twist. But I’ll be honest, once we got the black stain home, and were about to put it on, I got nervous. What if it really did look bad? What if we do all this work, and it is permanently ugly and I ruined our house?!
But, the moment we rolled it on, I knew we made the right choice.
It is gorgeous.
We used Behr Solid Color Wood Stain in Slate. Funny story, I had everything picked out, we just needed to go to the store to pick it up. When we went in, the paint gal took a long, hard, concerning look at us and said, “You do know that’s black… right?” Yes, yes we do know that is black. Of course, since I was already a little worried I was ruining our house, her “are you seriously buying black wood fence stain?” attitude did not help. But, if someone hadn’t been sure, and thought that slate was slate gray instead of slate black, it would have been helpful.
But, yes, we knew, we were painting our fence black.
Another fun fact, we actually had to use two types of black fence stain. Two of the sides of our fence are actually neighbor’s fences. One, we are letting weather a little, since they just re-did it. And one, is not so much a fence, as it is a concrete wall. So, on that section we had to use a concrete stain. We also went with a Behr product, Behr Solid Color Concrete Stain in Tar Black.
The two types of stain did not have a common black color, so I had to use two different colors. I was nervous that they wouldn’t blend well together, and there would be an obvious color difference between the two. But, they actually blend perfectly into one another.
So there you have it! Our wood fence (and concrete) is stained black! And, I am in love.
We still need to do a second coat, which we are waiting for some more consistently nice weather before doing. I couldn’t be happier with our black fence.
What are your thoughts on black fences?