AN ANGRY woman has told how her neighbour painted their side of the fence – and made hers look "scruffy" in the process.

The anonymous woman took to Mumsnet to vent her frustration and explained how the property is the first she's lived in where all fence boundaries are joint responsibility.

In the post, she continued: "We painted our side of the fence last week in a light oak…was super careful around all the edges and the knots and little holes."

"Neighbours painted their side last night in dark oak.. fair enough."

I've gone out this morning and theres dark brown splodges all over our side where they've jabbed their brush through the little holes.. there's run marks down all our side of the concrete gravel boards etc."

"There's dribbles over the top down our side where they've just splashed it all on the top."

Makes our side of the fence look really scruffy."


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She went on to say that she's been left feeling "a bit miffed" that her neighbours have taken "absolutely zero care" in painting their fence while she's been extra careful with hers.

It wasn't long before social media users took the comments section – with very mixed responses.

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"It was to avoid exactly this that caused me to knock on my neighbours door and agree with them which brand and colour we would each paint our respective sides," wrote one.

A second noted: "It's not really possible to paint a fence without it doing that, so I don't think they've necessarily been careless."

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I'd be amazed if none of yours seeped over to their side? Did you actually go round to the other side and look?"

As BMW6 has said, you really should have talked to them first to sort out a mutually acceptable colour before doing your side, so I do think in this instance you've mostly created a rod for your own back."

A third wrote: "Now that the painting is done the only solution is to repaint your side the same as theirs, as theirs is darker.

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Ask them what brand and type they used so you get an exact match. Different brands will vary for 'dark oak'."

Lesson learned OP. Discuss and agree beforehand. As a pp has pointed out, no matter how carefully you paint your side, some is bound to bleed through the gaps, so both sides the same is the only sane solution."

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