If your home needs a little TLC why not make the most of the summer holidays (and golden weather – fingers crossed!) and do a few touch-ups at your place? Whether you only have a few spare hours, or a few weeks of annual leave up your sleeve, these DIY odd jobs can help your home look refreshed for the new year.
Odd job #1: Paint the fence
It doesn’t get easier than painting a fence, and if you want to rope in the kids to help with some DIY, then this is an easy job they can try. Resene Lumbersider Low Sheen is an ideal paint for exterior projects including any type of fence, from pickets to rough sawn timber. It’s an ultra-durable paint that is designed to withstand New Zealand and Australia’s harsh UV light, as well as high winds and rainy conditions.
To get started, treat any moss, mildew or fungus with Resene Moss & Mould Killer. Allow the product to penetrate the timber for up to 48 hours before scrubbing and rinsing clean. Then clean the timber with Resene Timber and Deck Wash. When the timber is thoroughly dry, it’s time to get painting.
Decant your paint into a Resene Paint Pot and use a cutting-in brush to paint the edges and between the slats, followed by a flat brush to paint the main part of the fence paling. If you are new to painting – or if you’re choosing a paintbrush for kids to use – choose a smaller and lighter brush so that painting is not too tiring. Paintbrushes are usually recommended for ensuring the paint gets right into the grain of the timber, but for really larger fence palings consider using a Deck & Fence Roller.
Remember to be sun smart. Wear sun-protective gear and paint the fence in the morning or late afternoon – this will also prevent the paint from drying too quickly. Make sure you keep a wet edge on your paint and apply evenly to avoid lap marks.
For more about painting – or staining – your fence, check out this article: