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A wendy house makeover using Cuprinal Urban Slate Garden Paint
A wendy house makeover using Cuprinal Urban Slate Garden Paint

Lauren’s Garden Shed Makeover

Author: Lauren Coleman

When we bought our new place we became the owners of a children’s wendy house. As you may have noticed there aren’t any kiddiwinks in our household and we were in need of somewhere to store the lawnmower rather than an a la carte kitchen. (Do they still make them? They totally should). Rather than fork out for a new shed we decided to give the wendy house a makeover giving it more of a cabinesque type of feel.

The playhouse was structurally sound other than the front ‘veranda’ bit which had a few weak struts. Once James had supported them with an extra piece of wood, I brushed down and scrubbed down the exterior with soap and water and then sanded down the whole area. With prep complete I was ready to paint.

You may remember last year I kicked myself for not going darker with the fencing in my old courtyard and so this year I decided I’d go all out with a rich shade of blueish-grey choosing Cuprinol’s Garden Shades Urban Slate Wood Paint.

I read a lot of reviews on the product and noticed people commented you must apply a second coat on the same day as the first otherwise the water repellant feature of the paint kicks in, therefore resisting the second layer of paint. With this in mind the makeover took me about a week as each evening I chose an area to paint, applied one coat with a large brush and then waited two hours to apply again. Thank goodness it’s light till 10pm in early summer.

I know, I know, the curtains are a bit too much. They’re just remnants from our living room strung up on the old wire. My sister says it reminds her of a horror film so I do plan to replace them at some point with some window film. It’s just the shed is such a mess inside I needed something to temporarily hide the chaos.

Outside I piled up a couple of crates, hauled over some of the stumps from the wood store and added an old stool. The cute stag on the door is one I picked up many moons ago from a Cambridge craft market.

In time I plan to plant around the right hand side of the shed. I’d love to add some wafts of verbena but it’s too shady down these parts so I’ll have to find an alternative. Any suggestions are more than welcome.

Have you painted your shed, decking or garden furniture this year? What shade have you gone for?


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35 thoughts on “Lauren’s Garden Shed Makeover

  1. Hucheras, hostas and ferns will love the shade. Japanese anenomes for some flowers and lots of snow drops, cyclamen and bluebells for seasonal colour

    1. Thanks Rachel. I adore hostas! And luckily we have a spot of bluebells there already in the spring. Was hoping for something a bit more ‘wafty’ and tall if you know what I mean?!

      1. We’ve just invested in some Hucheras which I’m intending to plant near our acer in the garden with some ‘Mai Tai’ geums and some coppery bearded iris in the back garden. It’s going to be copper corner. Love them!

        Lauren have you considered some grasses – you can get some really lovely ones that are all wafty!

        1. The copper corner is going to be immense Lolly!
          Excellent idea on the ornamental grasses. They could be just the ticket x

  2. Perfect timing! We are half way through redoing our garden and have just painted the fence Muted Clay but are undecided as yet for the shed and woodstore. The fence is very light and we were thinking Fresh Rosemary for the shed and store but Urban Slate looks dreamy! Oh decisions, decisions!

    1. Muted Clay is such a lovely shed isn’t it? So restful.
      Either the Urban Slate or the Fresh Rosemary would make a smashing combo x

  3. Just painted our fence in this colour . It Looks fab and love all your finishing touches ?
    We’re geting a shed for our gardening tools and furniture, thinking I can’t leave it brown next to my pretty fences . But do you think painting it in the same colour what be too much? Thanks xx

    1. Hi Charlene, Sometimes it just depends on the size of the space – if it’s on the cramped side I’d suggest using a lot of plants to break up the block colour if you do choose to paint the shed and fence the same.
      Hope this helps x

  4. Loving the shed Lauren. It’s such a good colour. I had the cuprinol issue when I painted the girls wendy house (actual wendy house not a shed!). It just wouldn’t take and I’ve been left with a bit of a bubble effect which is incredibly annoying. Also, they so need to bring back the a la carte kitchen. Baked beans and swiss roll anyone?! x

    1. SO annoying Lottie. I don’t think it’s particularly clear on the packaging either.
      A la carte kitchens were the best! x

  5. Love the colour Lauren, the shed looks great. That tip about the second coat is so helpful – I have a trellis planter thing which I was planning to paint with Cuprinol Garden Shades, and I would never have known that, so thanks!

    The window film is a great idea to finish it off. We just bought some for the windows either side of the front door in our new house – they’re the full height of the door and everyone walking past can see you going to the kitchen in your pjs. I didn’t want curtains as they feel too bulky and fussy so we went for the film, but I am scared to apply it in case I mess it up! Biting the bullet tomorrow so wish me luck. 🙂

    1. Ooh Tracy, where did you get your film from?
      Good luck with applying it. I’m sure it’ll be fine x

      1. Just to say we got our window film from Purlfrost. Brilliant stuff! – by far the best thing we did in the kitchen! PS the shed looks awesome x

        1. Thanks so much Stacy. I think Pulfrost was recommended on a entryway post we did many moons ago. I must check them out again x

      2. We got it from Purlfrost: We went for the plain frost, but the white frost would look good on your shed I think. There’s also a cute polka dot pattern in the contemporary patterns section. 🙂

        As our windows are big, I ordered it cut to size, but you can also buy a length and cut it yourself. There are videos online on how to apply and cut it, and it does look doable, but I am still apprehensive!

        The key seems to be making sure your windows are spotless before you put it on. Fingers crossed it’ll be fine, but I can’t help thinking of how hard it is to put a screensaver on a mobile phone… x

        1. Hi Tracy, its quite robust stuff, ours folded over while I was applying it and I nearly kicked myself thinking it was going to have a crease in it but it was fine! If I remember rightly you have to wet the window first with water and a bit of washing up liquid so that the film can kind of slide about a bit. It’s then fairly simple to smooth out any air bubbles to the corners of the film. I used the car ice-scraper! Good luck, I’m sure it’ll look great! x

          1. Thanks for the reassurance Stacy, it’s great to hear from someone who’s actually done it. I’d be less worried if it wasn’t such a big piece of film we’re applying. Good to hear it’s not too delicate though, I was worried about it folding over on itself.

            Great tip on the ice-scraper too, on You Tube they use a credit card wrapped in kitchen paper but that was on a smaller area – I’d be there forever! x

  6. The shed looks fab – such a great idea! I’d never think to do this. I especially love all the accessories at the front door – I had no idea a shed could look so stylish 🙂

  7. Love the shed colour! I’m a big fan of dark colour in the garden for sheds and fences as it really shows off the plants.
    Re: wafty plants, you could try Luzula grass. I have it in my garden and it self seeds readily if you don’t mind that. It’s fine for shade but the best thing about it are the flower heads that spring up in May/June. They are lime/white and floaty and fluffy and so pretty.
    I am with you on the Verbena – it’s a fab plant for height and colour. I do grow some in a shady corner of my garden but it doesn’t do as well as the sunnier spots.
    Dicentra (bleeding heart) is great for shady areas and can grow quite big if it likes the spot. Not wafty but beautiful arching flower stems. Personally I would only go for the white version.
    Euphorbia is also great for shade, and get a load of big ferns in there. Iris sibirica grows well in shade and does provide height and you could try Astilbe–arendsii/classid.2578/
    Finally Tellima Grandiflora is similar to Heuchera but more attractive I think with it’s spikes of lime/white flowers.
    Hope this helps.

    1. Kate thank you so much for this. So helpful!
      After Lolly’s suggestion for ornamental grasses I was looking at the Luzula grass earlier! I completely forgot about Astilbe – I absolutely love the feathery fronds and had them in my old courtyard.
      Brilliant suggestions. I’m now off to spend a small fortune on the crocus site 😉 x

      1. Ha!, yes that’s a problem with Crocus – too many nice things to buy. They have an offer at the moment. If you use code 90232 then you can get 20% off 🙂

  8. Lauren you have such a brilliant eye! Can I ask, did you do an interior (or exterior in this case!) design course? Liz x

    1. Oh you are too kind MrsR! Yep, I did a diploma a few years ago. I can’t say I learnt much but it gave me the confidence to start interiors blogging and then the rest is history 😉 x

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