Because it was just a little accent fence, I planted the posts using post spikes:
I gotta say, those things were great! They made putting the posts in sooo simple! And - they lasted a long time! The only problem was, one of the posts became the neighborhood - how shall we say - canine watering post. In and of itself - who cares, but about a year or so ago that spike had literally disintegrated, to the point that the one side of the fence was just free swingin'! If you expand this picture you might be able to tell:
Well, I guess not, but again - notice the color.
So, as is typical here at 173 in the spring, I find a bunch of small projects to hop on. A few days ago I was at Lowes and saw those spikes and thought - it's time. So I got the spikes, disassembled the fence, drove in the new spikes, and reassembled said fence:
Not too bad, but there's a couple things here. For whatever reason, I didn't even notice that the spikes were gray and not brown like the old ones, and I hated it! And what you may not be able to tell is that a lot of the pickets were loose (all those years ago I used drywall screws - the things we learn), and some had rotted out. First order of business - do something about those gray posts. As luck would have it - I didn't have brown paint, but I did have black:
Then I started putting those horizontal boards on, and had an inspiration - why not go with something different:
Quite a departure. So here's the part about the color. If you look at that first picture you'll notice how ORANGE the fence was! That's not photo artifact - the color for all the fences at 173 was Behr cedar deck stain. IT WAS ORANGE! I figured it would darken nicely over time, and it did, but for a couple years you could see all the fences from a couple blocks away! I think they could see them from the space station! So when I redid the fence, I really didn't want to have bright orange again, and I had an epiphany! I first stained the new boards with Minwax Dark Walnut stain, and immediately gave them a couple coats of the cedar stain! Here she is:
Pretty close to the aged color - at least it's not neon orange! Not 100% convinced that I like the style of the new fence...we'll see.