Do you ever sit in your yard, front or back, and think “I wish I could add some colour”?
But the idea of painting your fence seems too daunting, permanent and possibly expensive?
My backyard playground updates included colour for the structure itself, but nothing for the fence for those exact reasons.
I didn’t want to commit to painting the entire fence and possibly upsetting my neighbour if paint spilled through.
The space was so boring and bland and didn’t seem to connect with the rest of the playground makeover – it lacked “something”.
Leisa and her team at Clancy’s Rainbow came up with a plan to tie everything together in an easy, inexpensive and non-permanent way…
canvas outdoor art!
I picked up three extra-large canvasses at JYSK (they carry super-cheap canvasses in lots of sizes) and coated them with the same Arborcoat® premium exterior stain in Platinum Grey that’s on the rest of the playground.
Yup, that’s outdoor stain, not paint which will give these canvasses the same protection from sun, water and dirt as it would on a fence, deck or playground.
The design team at Clancy’s Rainbow suggested I have the girls paint artwork on these to personalize the space – but none of us had enough confidence in our artistic talent to take on the challenge. Instead we selected out a fun colour-blocked stencil in a honeycomb pattern and brought out our Arborcoat® premium exterior stain in Gypsy Pink, Eccentric Lime and Poolside Blue.
If I were smart, I would have painted the backs of the canvas with the Arborcoat® solid stain as well, to keep mildew from forming on the back.
I wasn’t smart. (but I can still redeem myself and do it now)
Now to add this outdoor art to our fence – which is as simple as adding a hook to the fence:
and an eye hook to the canvasses:
and then attach the two with some medium-gauge wire so they won’t blow around everywhere.
The shading you see in the grey areas are where I tried to use glow-in-the-dark paint to make the outdoor art/playground more fun at night as well. It didn’t work (they don’t really glow) so I won’t go into the details.
What a fun addition and a bold shot of colour to an otherwise bland and boring space.
We used the honeycomb stencil in a few areas on the playground makeover, including the curtain and backboards – which you’ll see in a later post.
Who would have thought of outdoor art to ramp up your outdoor decor?
The design team at Clancy’s Rainbow would!
Take in your challenge projects and see how creative and talented they are for yourself!
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Have a great one!