Re-vamp your shed – a really short & easy guide
Re-vamp your shed by painting it. It’s the quickest and easiest way to make a big difference.
Ever since my friend Rosie Turner painted her garden shed in Barbie-doll pink (with Cuprinol Sweet Sundae), we’ve all been plotting fabulous paint transformations here in Faversham.
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First choose your colour (or colours)
The world of painting sheds has never been so exciting.
There are lots of different examples – city modernist, country calm, zingy colours. First decide if yours is a country, classic, urban or brightly coloured garden. Then dither. Heaven.
You could paint your shed lime green with Ronseal’s Lime Zest. There’s a lovely lime green shed below.
It is at this point that the National Gardens Scheme (Kent) would like to step in to point out that if your neighbours can also see your shed, then it would be a good idea to discuss your paint colour plans with them. People can get very upset at changes, and will always appreciate being consulted.
Other paint brands with beautiful colours suitable for painting sheds (and garden furniture) include Farrow & Ball exterior paint, Cuprinol and Annie Sloan Chalk Paints.
If de-cluttering your shed is stopping you painting it, read this post here.
Use the colour wheel
You can find a colour wheel online. The basic principle is that there are three primary colours: red, yellow and blue. These are all ‘opposite’ each other on the colour wheel. Red, yellow and blue are mixed with each other, and with black or white, to come up with other colours like pink, purple and green.
The nearer a colour is to another colour on the colour wheel, the more ‘harmonious’ it is.
A colour that is opposite is a contrast colour. It’s important to decide which are your harmonious colours and which is your contrast colour. You need much less of the contrast colour than of the harmonious one.
So if you paint your shed blue, you can use either red or yellow based colours as a contrast.
Think about how the colour you choose is affected by where the shed is
Re-vamp your shed with contrasting door or window frames
…or stripes, stencils or…anything else beginning with ‘s’?
Think about your planting when choosing the colour
Will your shed work with your favourite planting schemes?
How to paint a shed
Luckily, a shed doesn’t need an absolutely perfect finish. It’s relatively easy to re-vamp your shed with paint in a weekend, and it’s an amateur job. Ronseal advise you to remove the dirt with a stiff brush, and I have seen advice to ‘sand it down’ elsewhere on the internet. Sanding down a whole garden shed will take you longer than writing a book. The stiff brush will do.
You could wash it with a hose, or a very low pressure soft-brush option on a pressure washer.
You need to paint your shed in weather above 10 degrees, and – obviously – not when it’s raining. Allow about 8 hours to dry (ideal for a weekend project – paint the first coat on Saturday afternoon and the next on Sunday morning). Ronseal says their garden paint will be rain-proof within one hour.
If you’re going to re-vamp your shed, pay attention to detail. It’ll be neater if you take the door furniture off before painting. For an extra touch, you could buy some new door handles or bolts, add a bird house, pot plants, signs or even stencils. You can always paint over anything you don’t like.
There are more shed ideas here. If you think you may never get round to transforming your garden shed, read this post here about a shed that hasn’t been altered in 50 years! It’ll make you feel less guilty…
Do post any pictures of your favourite sheds on the Middlesized Garden Facebook page, or leave a comment below.