Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Painting a Garden Shed

About three years ago we had to have a dangerous willow removed from the garden, rather than it falling on our house. Removing the tree opened up a great space for a shed. We brought the shed with some lovely green paint and had grand ambitions of painting it.

In those three years a lot has happened but we never got round to painting the shed. Recently we have made some massive changes to the garden and this was the the perfect time to paint the shed.

This was Mr MC&W project and he used:

  • Sage Green Paint -  For Wood and outdoor use
  • Cream Paint - For Wood and outdoor use
  • Hammerite - For the metal work
  • Masking tape
  • Paint brushes - Large for the green and the main body of the shed, medium sized one for the cream and smaller ones for the cutting in and hammerite
  • Kitchen towel and of course baby wipes

First of all we had to carefully take down the Jasmine and the supporting wires and lay it flat. Next we had a long discussion on what would be cream and what would be green.

Mr MC&W then masked up the areas and began with the green paint. We considered using a roller but found using a brush allowed us to get into the nooks that are part of the wood. We did two coats of green and then re masked up for the cream.

We brought much smaller brushes for the cream paint an the paint was much thinner again two coats were needed.

We took of the masking tape and found the cream paint had leaked through and we had to make good with extra green. Mr MC&W almost though it would have been simpler and quicker to be careful and not bother with the masking tape at all.

We were very happy with our efforts and the the MIL asked if we were doing anything with the hinges? we said no as could not change them. She then told us about hammerite.

This allowed us to paint the sliver hinges black. The paint was not easy to use as it is thick and took work to get it looking OK. We must admit it has made a huge difference.

Lesson we learnt

  • Use a brush not a roller
  • The paint up close is very hard to make look good but from a distance it looks great
  • Check the weather for a weekend of dry weather the paint takes about two hours to dry
  • Keep children in when its drying - they are drawn to wet paint
  • Hammerite is not easy to apply its thick and takes time
  • Do the joins carefully as the paint can easily leak through

Enjoy Colour and the end result 

Me, Being Mummy
Twin Mummy and Daddy
Cuddle Fairy


  1. I like the colour. When you mentioned green I envisaged something a lot brighter and less muted. Good choice!

  2. Like the combination of colours

  3. Great makeover and some good tips in there too

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  5. I seriously need to to come and sort my shed out! That looks fab! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

  6. I really like the colour, looks really smart X #thatfridaylinky

  7. Really great tutorial and it looks fab Thanks for linking to the #THAT FRIDAY LINKY come back next week please

  8. LOVE the finished product!! And some great tips in there - all very relevant to me at the moment as we also have been meaning to paint our shed for an unacceptably long period of time! #blogstravaganza

  9. I'm pleased to read it's not just us that take a long time to finish projects we started. #BloggerClubUK

  10. Looks great. We desperately need a bigger shed in our garden - too much stuff! #ThatFridayLinky

  11. Looks lovely, I have two sheds and a fence to paint, bleurgh! #stayclassymama

  12. What a difference! It looks great and I love the colour you chose. Thank you for sharing with #StayClassyMama

  13. What is an outstanding post! “I’ll be back” (to read more of your content). Thanks for the nudge! carport

  14. Thank you so much and we are really pleased how it turned out. Def worth the work.

  15. It looks amazing! Kids are drawn to wet paint aren't they?! Thank you for linking with the #HoneybeeLinky lovely xxx