How to Paint Your Garden Shed and Wall

Updated on September 17, 2018
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L.M. Reid is an Irish writer who has published many articles in magazines and online.

Painting a Garden Shed

How to paint your garden shed with a mixture of some great paint and a few bits. Great ideas and tips with step-by-step instructions. I wanted my one 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.

Garden Shed
Garden Shed | Source

Equipment Needed

  • 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.

  1. Use a scraper to remove any moss from the surface.
  2. Brush away any cobwebs or dirt with a small hard brush.
  3. It is best to start painting the shed early in the morning because you do not want to lose the light later one.

My Garden Shed
My Garden Shed | Source

Preserve the Wood

  1. Lay some old sheets or plastic around the bottom of the shed.
  2. This will prevent any paint from splashing onto the ground.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Painting a Garden Shed
Painting a Garden Shed | Source

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

Painting the Hinges
Painting the Hinges | Source

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.

Painted Garden Shed
Painted Garden Shed | Source

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Painting the Shed and 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.

Adding the Undercoat
Adding the Undercoat | Source
Shed and Wall Painted
Shed and Wall Painted | Source

Dirty Wall

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.

Summer Sweet Pea

Birds in The Garden
Birds in The Garden | Source

Painting your Garden Shed

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.

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      • viking305 profile imageAUTHOR

        L M Reid 

        2 years ago from Ireland

        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.

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        Karen Hellier 

        2 years ago from Georgia

        What a great looking shed. You did a wonderful job. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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        Shasta Matova 

        2 years ago from USA

        This is a great way to make the fence and shed decorative as well as functional. Good job!

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        RTalloni 

        2 years ago from the short journey

        Cute project!

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