Saturday, March 12, 2011

Please help me decide!

I've finished painting the restored gate (more on the "how to" in a later post), and here is what it looks like:

The problem is that now it makes the fence in which it hangs look pretty awful by comparison. This is a hurricane fence that Walu and I put up when we first moved into the house, and its main purpose is to keep the dogs out of what is functionally an outdoor extension of my shop work area:

The space usually looks like what it is, which is a construction zone, and in the summer that's not so terrible, since there are trumpet and honeysuckle vines that shield the eyesore from view. However, starting last year, I've been trying to take out the trumpet vine on the right, as it has turned out to be an invasive monster from heck-and-beyond. And so I'm thinking it's finally time to replace the ugly, strictly utilitarian structure with a picket fence. My friend Nancy gave me some fence panels last year that she wasn't going to use, but the pickets are fir, which doesn't really make a good outdoor wood. Plus, all my current wooden fencing is cedar, so I'm concerned that over time, the fir will weather differently and look out of place. I could solve both these problems by staining the wood, but I can't decide on the color. This is where you can help me. Should I go with a natural, sienna-colored stain, which in itself will look different from the weathered cedar that is already there (these pickets are just leaning up there temporarily; when it is finished, the hurricane fencing will be completely gone):

Or, since it's already going to look different from the existing fencing, should I really make a statement and go with this mossy blue stain:

I think both complement the turquoise of the gate, but I'm really, um, on the fence about the choice. I need to make up my mind toot sweet, though, since I'd like to take advantage of this pretty weather that we are having and get it stained tomorrow or the next day.

Please take a moment to cast your vote, either on the poll widget at the top of the right sidebar, The Bike Garden Facebook page, or on my Twitter feed. Thanks, and I'll let you know which way it goes.

18 comments:

  1. I voted on the poll, but I've got to say it here too: Mossy blue. And have fun! It's good to see you feeling better and back to wielding your tools...

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  2. Thanks, Susan. I'm really happy to be feeling better, too, since I need to wield the tools once in awhile to stay sane...

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  3. I voted for the mossy blue, but is there an option to just let the fence weather to a silvery grey instead? No stain needed.

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  4. Thanks, Helen!

    David--no, the fir doesn't weather well. It really needs some protection from the stain.

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  5. I'd have to say mossy blue too- it will go with the gate better- good luck!

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  6. For once I seem to be in the majority and opted for Mossy Blue.

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  7. Tessa and Les--Thanks, and duly noted!

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  8. I've voted for the blue :)

    And even better - at last I've reviewed your book over at mine. I've had a wonderful year putting your advice into practice :D

    Amended versions will also go up at Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk later...

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  9. I agree with the majority Mossy blue stain. Color is always good on the eyes.

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  10. VP--I was just over at your blog reading the review! Most excellent. I thank you very much.

    David--Color is indeed good.

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  11. Love the mossy blue. Seriously swooning

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  12. I definitely vote for the mossy blue. Anything but the "normal" weathered grey, though.

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  13. Kim and Su--It looks like the blue is a favorite.

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  14. Looks like the mossy blue is the favorite, and it is very nice, but I think if you could stain it to something like weathered cedar, I would pick that.

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  15. Two thumbs up for Mossy Blue!

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  16. Jean and Roberta--I went with the mossy blue by popular demand and it looks spectacular. Will post results in the next day or so.

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  17. I'm too late for the poll, I see, but I was going to say mossy blue anyway. Bet it looks good!

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