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How To Paint Your Outdoor Shed

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If you have ever wanted to know how to paint your paint your outdoor shed, you are in the right place. When we first walked through our current home (before we bought it), we fell in love with the little outdoor shed. How nice to have a shed to store all of your garden tools, lawn mower, patio furniture, etc. One thing we did not love was that it came in this lovely shade of what we’ll call camp green.

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Surprisingly, that green color on the shed reflected sunlight and transferred a weird shade of green in every room on the back side of the house. We painted the back bedroom a soft yellow and as soon as it was up on the wall, all we saw was a green-ish yellow. It took us a bit to recognize where all the green light was coming from…THE SHED!

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Here we are a year and a half later finally painting the shed a nice Acier Gray from Sherwin Williams to match the brick on the house. Before we landed on our final color, we tested out a different gray that we didn’t like as much, you can see it in the video below. I have put together a quick outline for everything we did to paint the shed. Or you can watch the video below. Okay, let’s get to the good stuff.

How To Paint Your Shed – Supplies Needed

Step One – Roll it on

The best way to get started in this kind of a painting project is to just jump right in. Stir, the paint and pour some into the paint tray. Get your roller nice and juicy with the paint and start rolling it on the exterior surface of the shed. This exterior paint from    Sherwin-Williams dried fast in the heat so we did two coats one right after another. You may have to put on several coats depending on the type of paint you are using and the look you are going for.

Step Two – Brush it On

If you are like us and have wood slats with quarter-inch gaps in between each slat, chances are the roller won’t cover the cracks and crevasses. We looked for an easy solution and our answer was foam brushes. Those cheap, less-than-a-dollar brushes were just the right size to get the paint in between the slats and cover it with one to two coats. If you attempt this method as well, be prepared with several foam brushes in varying sizes since the rough texture of the wood destroys each foam brush within a few minutes.

Step Three – Touch Ups

Use your foam brush to touch up an areas you might have missed with the roller.

Step Four – Sanding and Painting the Trim

Look for updates, since we haven’t finished this part of the project yet.

We want to hear and see some before and afters of what your project looks like. Good luck and let us know how your project goes!

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