Liza Greis

Do-it-yourself projects and Home Decor

Refresh Old Garden Gates

I recently revamped my secret garden. Updating the garden meant I needed to also fix up the garden gates. After 8 years of wear and tear, they looked a little sad. I used my Super Finish Max sprayer to re-stain them and I have one up for grabs today thanks to HomeRight who is sponsoring today’s post. It was pretty easy to refresh old garden gates!

The Gates Before


Remove Hardware

First I removed the hardware. They were still in good shape so I spray painted them black and they looked good as new.




I sanded the gates to remove and flakes of stain and to make it smooth.



Clean Them Up!

After I sanded both sides of the gates, I hosed them off to remove all the dust and dirt.



Time to Stain

I draped a plastic tarp over the fence and propped the gates up against it. I filled my Super Finish Max (affiliate) with Dark Walnut stain and sprayed them. When you are done, make sure to clean the sprayer with soap and water if it was a water based paint or stain and with mineral spirits if it was an oil based paint or stain.



After they dried, I added new knobs and with Shane’s help, I got them back up.  If you missed the reveal of the Secret Garden with raised beds, you can check it out HERE.



I love how the dark brown looks against all the greenery.



If you have staining and painting projects on your list, I have a chance for you to win a Super Finish Max so you can knock them out FAST!


You must be at least 18 years old to enter. You must be a resident of the USA to enter. The giveaway will go from June 19, 2019 until June 25, 2019. A winner will be chosen by and will be notified by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be chosen. The shipping of the prize is the responsibility of the company, in this case, HomeRight.


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  1. Chrissy says

    I have a ton of work to do in our home that the paint sprayer would be perfect for!
    My kitchen cabinets, actual walls in the house, our new nursery – literally ALL THE THINGS have to be updated or painted in our almost 20 year old home.

    • Teresa says

      OOps forgot to tell you what I’d use it for, I have an old shed that could really use some magic from that sprayer, some outside furniture too!

  2. Erin Milgram says

    I’ve been dying to try one of these sprayers! I’d try using it on my back deck! Your gate looks gorgeous!

  3. Annette says

    I need to pain the bricks in the front of my house and I’ve been dreading it. This sprayer would make the job so much easier.

  4. Christopher Sorel says

    Well fence I put up have no finish and I put up 26 6 foot by 8 panels so plenty t be stained this would help

  5. Noreen says

    I have several sets of drawers that need to be stained, and I have been procrastinating. The Super Finish Max would help me get the project going. Thanks for the chance to win it. Your gate looks terrific!

  6. Pamela Pigue says

    Beautifully done. Although the gate is very simple the darker color definitely makes a lovely, powerful statement to your space.
    With the paint sprayer I would begin with helping my daughter paint her 8 ft. Fence that she just put up.

  7. Cindy says

    Loved seeing your updates to your secret garden. You worked hard and it has paid off. Hope you show pictures of your plants grown.

    Great job on the gates. Dark against the green looks super.

    Enjoy your work.


  8. Taylor First says

    Oh it looks lovely! I’ve been working on making equestrian trail obstacles – I need one of these!

  9. renee says

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway.
    I would love to repaint all of my kitchen/ bathroom cabinets 1st.
    Hope I win!
    Thanks again!!

  10. Bobbi says

    Love your new fence and your secret garden! I have a back porch that needs staining, and Spring bulbs to plant! But today … I’m waiting patiently for my poppies to open!

  11. Carol says

    Love your gate!!!

    I would use the Super Finish Max sprayer on my interior doors – I would like to paint them black.

  12. Jody says

    My grandkids playhouse could use a refresh. This Super Finish Max sprayer would help me quickly knock out painting!

  13. Grace says

    Thank you for sharing, that gate looks awesome! We are making a new pergola for our backyard and this would come very handy and thank you for the chance!

  14. Renee says

    I have several pieces of older wooden furniture that I would like to freshen up with paint and/or stain. This sprayer would certainly make it all easier.

  15. Dianne says

    I have many projects…(a desk, nightstand, and dresser, to name a few) waiting in my garage that I would love to paint! I have been wanting a sprayer, but was unsure of which one to buy. This is a wonderful giveaway!

  16. Mark says

    I love the gates. I am about ready to build a picket fence around my newly planted flower garden and will be using all pallet wood. HT only of course. The fence is actually for a little bit, wound up, poochie we rescued about a year ago. She doesn’t know what “slow” means and rips through the flowers without a problem. LOL. The fence would be so much easier to paint with a Super Finish Max.

  17. Carrie Anders says

    It looks so good! I love the dark wood and black hardware against the greens – did you leave the planter fence? I have fence wood collected to make a headboard – the sprayer would be perfect for the job!

  18. Carla S. says

    OH, your gate looks awesom ! I could use this on my Intire log home ! It would be great. Thanks for the chance to win one.

  19. Karen says

    I’m getting ready to paint my kitchen cabinets and would love to have a paint sprayer, it would save so much time.

  20. Elizabeth H says

    Everything you do is so perfect. Love the raised garden and the plants are so growing! I would love to spray some outdoor furniture.

  21. Whitney says

    I have a piano that I’m working on sanding down right now. I’d love to have a spray gun to try out on it.

  22. Vickie says

    Process of remodeling front porch now..removing old railing and spindles posts too. Rot. That will be first.

  23. Tammie N. says

    I would use the sprayer on a big bookcase my dad built for me years ago. I would love to update it with a new paint color.

  24. Rebel says

    I have a gate that opens up into my backyard that meanders into a large group of trees with a cedar deck for bbq. This would be great to refinish the deck and do the gate.

  25. Stephanie Grant says

    To be honest the first thing I would use the sprayer on if I had one is my deck it is in really bad need of a overhaul!

  26. Ashleigh Hall says

    I would love to paint our fence in our front and back yards!! I love your gate!! Looks so gorgeous!