Several months ago I made the decision to paint the raised beds; the goal was to match the tiny house on lot #1 at Quail Grove.
I had a great start, ran out of paint and just never got around to finishing until last week when this awesome weather appeared.
We were in the high 60’s and 70’s in January and needless to say I spent most of my time outdoors.
Friends, sunny weather is when my happy feet shine…
Painting is Debatable
Originally these beds were built and stained at different times. Which means each frame was a different shade of the same color due additional applications, sun weathered wood and it just didn’t work.
No matter how many coats of stain I applied they were shades off.
I even had my seed starter boxes all jazzed up with stencils and it was in my opinion a busy mess. I don’t like busy…
After decreasing the size of the garden over the summer and making some of these beds taller I looked around and decided fresh paint would bring everything together.
I also thought fresh paint would extend the lifespan of each frame.
I was right but have to admit I’m not a huge fan of painted raised beds either… Oh, the dilemma just kept going on from one day to the next.
I find that painting in the garden is a debatable topic and my advice is to not over think it.
There are so many product selections available these days and sometimes you just have to stop, do some quick research and make a decision with what works for you. So, that’s what I did…
Before You Begin to Paint
Prior to painting I had to clean the exterior frames because there was dirt and debris lingering. This can be done by scraping or washing off with a sponge and letting the beds dry before applying paint.
These beds are between 2 and 3 years old which brings me to selecting paint if you do choose to add color to your garden.
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Since I was matching colors with the Tiny House my options were limited.
I had one brand to pick from because trying to match that existing color with other companies was a nightmare. Oh yes, I tried but apparently my failure to communicate in the retail world is lacking.
So last year, I called the Tiny House manufacture company which let me to Sherwin Williams Paint. They helped me find and recreate the color of the Tiny House which led me to the brand Resilience.
This is pricy paint, an exterior acrylic latex. Which made me sort of cringe for several reasons but I kept moving forward.
Here’s the thing, this paint stands up to the harsh Texas sunlight beautifully and after 2 applications you’re done. This will extend the life of these beds for at least another 3 years.
I saw this as a win, win since we’ll eventually be moving on from this property.
Keep in mind the interior of all my raised beds is natural so yes, the wood will slowly rot from the inside out but the process will be slowed down.
Eventually all wood rots when left outdoors.
Now if you’re starting your garden project from scratch and would like to use paint or even stain that is cost effective and green friendly, I did some digging for you and found these options.
The first one I have used many times and love it. The kicker is you need to apply a protective coat like their wax or clear coat afterwards.
Needless to say, I’m glad this paint job is finished.
Now I’m in the planning stages of spring planting and it looks like flowers and herbs will fill these beds with goodness.
How are your garden plans coming along? I’m one to plan early mainly because it helps me travel through winter at a faster pace.
If you need a little nudge check out my book, Startle Garden Now. This is the system I use here on the blog and it’s so easy to care for.
Don’t forget to grab our Free Seasonal Garden Planner below which makes a great companion for any gardener and this book.
It’s perfect for organizing and meeting your goals if that is something you may be struggling with.
Thanks for joining me today and if you have additional questions about painting raised beds, I’d be happy to help.
Smiles and Sunshine, Carole West