A Quick Guide on How to Paint a Shed

Whether you’re giving a new lease of life to a shed you’ve had in the garden for years, or want to add some colour to one you just bought, painting a wooden shed is a great way to inject some colour into your backyard.

Here’s a quick guide on how to paint a shed

The first thing you’ll need to do is choose a colour. You could go for something bright that will stand out like blue, sage green, or lilac, or try a colour that blends with the surroundings such as a slate grey, white or a forest green shade.

Once you’ve done that, it’s time to prep the shed to be painted.

How to clean a shed before painting

It’s important that you give your shed a good clean before you start painting to ensure that it’s free from cobwebs, mud or mould and other debris.

To clean your shed so that it’s ready for painting, you’ll need a diluted multi-purpose cleaner and a hard wire brush. Give it a good scrub and let it dry completely before starting to paint the exterior.

How to paint a shed

Once it’s been cleaned and allowed to dry you can begin painting. Here’s our quick guide on how to paint a shed to ensure you get it done efficiently and professionally.

Fill in the cracks

Use wood filler to fill any cracks or holes in the shed. You don’t want water damage to ruin the inside of it. The filler will need to dry completely before you proceed any further.

Make it all smooth

If you’re repainting an old shed you might find you need some sandpaper to remove old and flaking paint. Smooth down the surface of the shed by sanding in the direction of the wood grain.

Get the wood primed

Keep the wood of your shed healthy with the addition of an oil-based wood primer. This helps to provide the shed with an extra layer of protection, and also helps when it comes to painting as it’ll help the paint spread more easily.

Get it covered

Make sure you cover up any surfaces and plants that are nearby with dust sheets to help protect from drips.

Apply masking tape to handles on the shed, any metal work like hinges, and window panes to get them covered and help protect them from the paint.

Paint the shed

You’ve finally prepped everything and now is the time to paint the shed. Use either a timber brush or roller to apply an even coat of paint. You want to move the brush in the same direction as the wood grain.

Don’t overload the brush or roller with paint as you’ll run the risk of drips, and if you do spot any drips work with them quickly, spreading them evenly.

Use angled brushes to get round edges easily and to cut in where it’s needed.

Let your paint dry completely. Check the tin to see how long they advise you to wait, and then decide whether or not it needs another coat. You can also use a paint sprayer for a quick and even finish.

What paint to use on garden shed

It’s important that you pick a paint that is formulated for rough sawn timber, as you want something that will not only colour the wood but also help to protect it too. The choice of garden colours has dramatically increased over the years so you’re bound to find something that matches your chosen exterior decor. What paint to use on a garden shed comes down to personal preference, but choosing a wood paint will help to give you a rich colour, whilst also showing off the natural texture of the wood grain.

Should I paint the inside of my shed?

This all comes down to personal preference and what the shed is going to be used for. If you’re using it as an extension of your home and you’ll be spending a lot of time there, then yes, paint it a bright and inviting colour.

However, if you’re using it simply for storage of garden tools and such things, you might not want to waste your time painting the interior.

Painting the inside of the shed will of course help to protect the wood, like it does the outside.


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