I have to say, I’m absolutely loving this recent Spring weather we’ve been having here. I just want it to last for weeks and weeks, but alas, here in Northern Ireland, that is rarely the case! On the positive side, however, I suppose it makes me appreciate the settled weather when it’s here and its often short-lived nature motivates me to get outside into the garden and do stuff before those pesky April showers make another appearance…
It was during one such spell of recent dry weather that my husband and I decided to repaint our lovely, but very much flaky and deprived potting shed in the corner of the garden. When I first viewed our house, it was one of the features I instantly fell for, as I could see bags of potential in it and it just oozed such yesteryear charm. At the moment, we use it as a store house for gardening tools and logs, however recently the children and I planted out some seeds in preparation for our veg patch come Summer (more on that soon), as it really does heat up quite nicely on a sunny day. I can also imagine it as a sort of summerhouse – it will eventually require a little work on tidying up the paintwork on the inside, however plonk a chair in there on a sunny day with a coffee and a book and I’ll be in garden heaven.
So, stage one of the potting shed makeover was to spruce up the exterior. It hadn’t been painted in years and was a kind of dark green, peeling, flaky mess, basically. We gave it a thorough, yet quick, sanding down in preparation for the paint. Having taken advice from a friend, we opted for Sadolin Superdec Satin Opaque wood protection paint, which is self-priming and undercoating, therefore no need for a separate coat of primer post-sanding. Got to be happy with that.
I forgot to take a picture of the paint tin prior to starting work, so here is a messy shot of said tin to give you an idea of the colour!
Although this brand of paint is available in a good selection of colours, it can also be mixed to a shade of your choice, so I decided to go for a Crown Trade colour called ‘Cosmic Grey’, a lovely and soft mid-tone grey which I felt would give the shed a more contemporary feel, plus it looks well as a backdrop to the surrounding greenery. (In particular, the purplish-red acer (Japanese Maple) that grows just in front of it).
Here is the shed post sanding:
At this stage, I also used a little wood filler to fix up some parts of the window frames where they were particularly damaged and prone to letting water in.
And at last, the fun part! Here it is with one coat of the Superdec paint on:
We decided to give it three coats of paint as we were covering a fairly dark original colour. It was definitely a labour of love, however totally worth the third coat, in my humble opinion.
So here is our shed after three coats of paint and a lot of hours work!
The little birdhouse is one I picked up in Poundland recently which I wrote about here. Isn’t it so sweet?!
I love how it not only spruces up the actual shed and makes it a nice feature of the garden, but more so that it brightens up the view of the garden from the kitchen and gives it an entirely fresh, more modern look.
Now, if only the sun would make another appearance soon, I’ll get that chair and book out…
Have a good week everyone.
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