If I had known how easy it would be to makeover my ugly shed, I would have done it sooner. All it takes is the right paint for the surface.
For more ideas, also see Gallery of Garden Shed Ideas.
When we viewed our house before purchasing it, the first thing I said when I saw the shed was:
Yay, there’s a shed!
Wow, am I ever going to paint that sucker!
Three summers later, I finally painted that sucker.
Here’s the BEFORE pic.
How To Paint A Shed With Vinyl Siding
- Wash shed. Must be clean and mildew free.
- Paint – Benjamin Moore Aura – waterborne exterior paint – self-priming (link goes to my Amazon affiliate account).
-This paint is suitable for wood, hardboard, vinyl and aluminium siding, shingles, unglazed brick, concrete, stucco, cinder block, and primed metal.
-Dries to touch in 1 hour. Can be re-coated after 4 hours.
-My shed only needed 1 coat. Woot!
Shed: Benjamin Moore CW-715 Bone Black
Shed Door: Glidden Jazz 30BB 10/337
Choosing A Paint Colour
In case the photo is not capturing it fully, the siding on the shed (see before pic) is a 1970s mildly-vibrant lime-infused yellow with special glow-in-the-dark properties. This is probably useful for night-time laser tag games and/or attracting UFO landings but not so great for a stationary shed with brown trim.
I actually do love vibrant colours, but somehow, in the context of this garden, the yellow siding + the brown paint on the frame and door + the rust-coloured aluminium trim = yuck. I could have just painted out the trim and door with other festive choices, but I wanted the shed to blend in more than shout out.
When it comes to strong colours, I’m good for a brief romance, not the marriage, preferring classic neutrals with the accessories and decor providing punches of colour (that can be changed at any time).
The other oddity about this shed is the door. It’s 6 inches shorter than the opening. When we moved here, I temporarily added some corrugated plastic to the bottom to keep the critters out. Since then I realize it’s probably my best no-cost solution if I still want to be able to shut the door and not have possums sleeping in there.
Here’s one last look at the chippy old door (which has a rather nice door knob and keyhole):
Someone recently gave me a collection of blue and white plates and I knew I wanted a background colour that would show them off.
After much deliberation, I chose a heritage gray (Benjamin Moore CW-715 Bone Black) for the main paint colour.
If you’d like more ideas, see my gallery of garden shed ideas here.
My daughter (who has an eagle eye in these matters) was available to help arrange the plates so I didn’t have to go up and down the ladder a million times to figure out the right placement. I should also mention she was my painting partner which saved me a an extra day’s work.
Shed Door Colour
I admit the selection of the door colour gave me some grief. I poured over shed images to analyze what looked good to me and I was actually going to paint everything gray.
Some family members who shall remain nameless (*cough* husband * cough* eldest daughter*) vetoed my vote and aimed me toward something bold. We debated mustard yellow, a classic red, darker gray, black, and others.
I have a feeling the blue door (Glidden Jazz 30BB 10/337) is going to start irking me (this shed is the backdrop to our entire garden) but for now, I’m enjoying the blue/white vibe going on.
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Shed Door Decor
I knew I wanted the door to look like it had a window (since the shed has no windows). I always try and solve these problems with items I have on hand. Here I used a framed mirror that was actually hanging on the shed previously. I added the mirrored candle holder so the birds won’t fly into it.
It’s a relief to finally have it done. I’m sure there’s lots more decorating and other transformations to come, but at least I can rest assured it’s no longer glowing in the dark or a birthing centre for alien possums.
My life as a gardener was deeply inspired by the gardens of Tasha Tudor.