How to render a garden wall: Pro tips and techniques

New rendered garden wall panted white
(Image credit: Chris Longhurst)

Got an ugly, old, crumbling wall? Then learn how to render a wall and you won’t any more. It's one of the popular reasons that a wall gets a makeover as builder Chris Longhurst explains, “A wall that has been standing for many years grows tired and looks shabby. Walls are subject to damage. That’s when a wall looks like it needs a lift and a good way to do that is to render it.”

Giving brick or blocks a smart new look enhances the ambience of your outdoor space and the beauty of render is that you can paint it a colour that matches your garden design. Here we look at how to render a wall, how to choose and lay the render and the best way to finish.  

Headshot of Chris Longhurst
Chris Longhurst

Chris is a full-time Staffordshire builder who has more than 40 years of experience in the construction industry. He has his own YouTube, Instagram and TikTok channels with nearly 50K subscriber that provide how-to videos to aid builders and DIYers undertaking building tasks around the home.

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.