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Dec­o­rat­ing gar­den shed fun and easy project

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - HOMES - CON­NIE OLIVER

WE have a stor­age shed that came with our condo. It was in need of coat of paint so I de­cided to take it up a notch and turn it into a cute gar­den shed re­plete with faux win­dows, win­dow shut­ters, dec­o­ra­tive trim and vivid colour.

The first thing I had to do was to scrape all of the flak­ing and peel­ing paint off of the ex­te­rior of the shed. This was a large task and I think I’ve built up some mus­cle from the job. The prep work needs to be done on any paint­ing project to get a fin­ish that not only looks good but also lasts.

Next came a qual­ity ex­te­rior primer to seal the bare wood and pro­vide a nice base for the colour coat.

I re­ally liked the qual­ity of the Beauti-tone in­te­rior paint that I used on my re­cent bath­room ren­o­va­tion so I de­cided to give the ex­te­rior paint a try. I chose a rich shade of blue called Ocean Spray for the walls and Terry Towel White for the trim. I played around with th­ese colours on Beauti-tone’s web­site (beau­ti­tone.renoworks.com) be­fore­hand and knew the con­trast­ing colours would be lovely on our lit­tle shed.

It was still too cool out­side to paint when we be­gan this project, so in the in­terim we mea­sured and cut the wood for our faux win­dow frames and dec­o­ra­tive trim and painted them in­doors. I had picked up four pieces of scrap rough, liveedge wood pieces that I in­tended to use as shut­ters on ei­ther side of two of the win­dows.

Once the weather warmed up, I was able to prime the en­tire shed. I then painted two coats of the lovely Ocean Spray blue on the walls of the shed and painted the ex­ist­ing trim in Terry Towel White. All ready the shed was look­ing fab­u­lous.

I found a length of left­over wood from a for­mer project at our cot­tage that was scal­loped and my hus­band in­stalled this as dec­o­ra­tive trim at the roofline over the doors. We painted the scal­loped trim in the con­trast­ing blue to make it stand out. This added a whim­si­cal touch to the en­tire project.

My hus­band mea­sured the in­te­rior area of the faux win­dows and marked out each square. He painted the area in a char­coal colour with a satin fin­ish to mimic a win­dow­pane (Beauti-tone’s In The Black).

Paint­ing the win­dow­pane area black mim­ics a win­dow with the light off in­side the struc­ture. Us­ing a glossier fin­ish helps it look a lit­tle more re­al­is­tic. (Home­builders of­ten in­stall faux gables with win­dow on rooflines. They some­times use a sim­i­lar tech­nique but will use a pane of glass on top of the black paint.) We then in­stalled the win­dow frames and mul­lions, which were painted white be­fore­hand. We in­stalled the shut­ters on each side of the win­dows and the over­all af­fect is ab­so­lutely charm­ing.

I asked around to see if any of my friends had an old pair of rub­ber boots and wouldn’t you know it, one of them did. Af­ter I drilled a few drainage holes in the soles of each boot, I filled the feet with gravel (which helps with drainage but also weight the boots down, keep­ing them from top­pling over) then top­soil to the top of the boot.

I chose yel­low flow­ers to play off of the dark blue paint and set the boots just be­side the shed doors. Too cute!

A once-bor­ing stor­age shed is trans­formed into a de­light­ful gar­den shed.

A project like this can help trans­form your yard into a pretty oa­sis and it isn’t a dif­fi­cult nor an ex­pen­sive project. It just takes a bit of time and el­bow grease to get the job done.

CON­NIE OLIVER / WIN­NIPEG FREE PRESS

Add a faux win­dow or two for added charm.

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