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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?
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Love how you stuck with your gut decision that black would look good. And it does!
I love it! I’m a big fan of black or dark blue houses too. We had black shutters on our gray house in CO and they really made it pop compared to the neighbors’ houses.
And yes, we had a cedar fence there that we let weather for a full year before we stained it 🙂
You have such an eye for design! I would never have guessed a black fence would work, but it looks so good!
Nick would through a fit about black house paint. LOL. Seriously, this looks AMAZING! Along with your realtor services you should offer interior and exterior design services. I’ve really enjoyed what you’ve chosen to upgrade your home!
You can’t paint the town red right now, but you painted the fence black! It looks good. I’d never think it would look good either.
Lisa @ Extra Black Olives says
I never would’ve thought to paint a fence black, but it turned out great!
Hi, love it! How is the stain holding up?
Jane Clifford says
Hey Sharon! It’s been almost a year since we stained the fence black, gone through a cold wet winter, and I am still over the moon with it! It looks so good! Wouldn’t change a thing and absolutely would do it again. 10/10
That’s great, thanks for the update! We just got the stain for our fence, plan to paint this weekend!
Jane Clifford says
So excited to hear that!
Question, did you have any problem with the stain seeping through to the neighbor’s side of the fence?
Jane Clifford says
That’s a great question, thanks for asking! We only had one side where that was a consideration. That side we stained by hand with brushes instead of spraying. We were careful not to go too far back in the cracks between the slats. If your fence is tongue and groove you won’t even need to worry about that. That side of the fence is just a flat fence, so no detailing at the top. It worked great. It looks lovely from our side and no black on their side. They are very vocal neighbors and they were very concerned that it would show on their side, but everyone is happy!