L.M. Reid is an Irish writer who has published many articles in magazines and online.
How to Paint a Wooden Garden Shed
Learn how to paint your garden shed with a mixture of some great paint ideas and a few bits. With step-by-step instructions and my own photos. I wanted my shed to be fun and bright. I always liked the beach huts I saw on some beaches. So I decided to create the nautical look for my shed.
- Hard bristle brush
- Paint brushes
- Splash cover
- Scraps of material to clean the paint off your hands
- Hammer and nails
- Items to attach to the shed to fit your theme
- Wood preserve paint
- Other paint for your colour scheme
Preparing the Garden Shed for Painting
If the shed is new then you are ahead of the game already. I bought this smaller shed new so the wood was perfect. If the one you intend painting has been in your garden for a few years then it will need to be cleaned.
When to Start Painting
It is best to start work only after a dry spell of weather.
- Use a scraper to remove any moss from the surface.
- Brush away any cobwebs or dirt with a small hard brush.
- It is best to start painting the shed early in the morning because you do not want to lose the light later one.
Preserving the Wood With Paint
- Lay some old sheets or plastic around the bottom of the shed.
- This will prevent any paint from splashing onto the ground.
- Paint the whole shed carefully, making sure to cover every bit of the wood. This is the wood preserve paint that I used and it went on very easily.
- Leave for a few hours to dry completely.
Painting the Shed
Make sure each colour is completely dry before using the next one. It is best to use less paint on the brush so you can get an even finish. Do not rush the process as this will only cause you to make mistakes.
Finishing the Painting
The hinges were aluminium and had got a lot of the paint on them. I decided to paint them black which looked a lot better
Adding The Finishing Touches
It depends on what your theme is on what other pieces you add on now. I could not find an anchor anywhere in the shops so my brother in law made one out of wood.
The piece of wood I used as a paddle was in my grandmother's garden for years so it got a new home. I cleaned it up by sanding it down. I attached these two pieces by nailing them to the front door of the shed. I found the rope on the side of the shed at the beach.
Painting the Back Wall
My back wall is made of concrete bricks. It looked very bad. I also have some of the neighbour's shed showing into my garden too. I decided to paint these both as well. I took a few different combinations of colours before I was happy with the finish.
The garden walls were made from large concrete blocks. This year I got around to painting them. I used special outdoor paint. It was rather expensive but was guaranteed to last for five years. I had to use two coats because I chose this lighter colour. My garden is very small but it did take me a few days. I am very pleased with the effect.
A Beautiful Painted Shed and Wall
As you can see from the photos all the hard work was worth the effort. With the garden shed and wall painted I had a summer of beautiful Sweat Peas with a great display of colour in the garden.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
L M Reid (author) from Ireland on August 05, 2016:
It was hard work but I enjoyed it. The difference it makes to my garden is amazing.
Thank you RTalloni, Millionaire Tips and Karen for taking the time to leave a comment - Much appreciated.
Karen Hellier from Georgia on June 04, 2016:
What a great looking shed. You did a wonderful job. Thanks for sharing this with us.
Shasta Matova from USA on June 04, 2016:
This is a great way to make the fence and shed decorative as well as functional. Good job!
RTalloni on June 04, 2016: