How To Paint Garden Sheds


Painting a garden shed is not as hard as you think it is, provided you follow these steps. The finished product will look great, and it’s also good for the health of your shed!

Before You Begin

  • Before you begin, clear your shed of everything. This includes tools and materials you have stored in it. You will also want to remove any items that are hanging on the walls of the shed as well.
  • Make sure you have all the tools and materials that you need before starting your painting journey. If you are going to be doing a lot of prep work before painting, make sure that these materials do not take up too much space so they don’t get in the way.
  • The weather plays a huge factor in how long it takes for paint to dry and cure properly after application. You should check online or call your local weather station for a forecast on when good conditions will be expected for painting outside (and if there is any chance of rain).


The first step in painting your shed is to prepare it for paint. This means cleaning the shed, removing any loose paint, rust and screws or nails that may be holding the shed together. The last thing you want to do is get all of your preparation done, then realize you forgot to remove these things before painting!

To begin with, inspect your wooden shed and look for any rust spots or loose paint. If there’s anything like this on your structure, remove them now so they don’t end up in the final product.

Next is removing old screws or nails that are still in place. You can use a hammer and chisel if necessary (or simply a screwdriver if they’re only sticking out slightly). Just make sure not to damage either the wood of your shed or yourself while doing this!

Priming Your Shed If It’s Old

Primer is a good idea if you are painting a new or well-maintained shed. The primer will help the paint stick better, last longer and look better.

If you’re repainting an old, weathered shed, it’s also a good idea to prime before painting it again. This will make sure that the new coat of paint is applied properly and evenly over all surfaces.

Painting Your Shed

  • Brushes
  • Rollers
  • Sprayers

Finished Product

Now that you have finished painting your garden shed, be sure to clean up after yourself.

Let the paint dry before putting anything in the shed or storing it inside. Don’t forget to put away the paint cans and brushes or rollers if you are using them. Don’t forget to clean any of these items as well!

If you follow these steps, you should have no problem painting your garden shed.

If you follow these steps, you should have no problem painting your garden shed.

  • The first step is to clean the exterior of your shed with soap and water. It’s important that there are no dust particles left on it.
  • Next, apply a primer coat to all areas that will be painted in order to prevent peeling in the future. This makes sure that any cracks or holes in wood will be covered up before applying the top coat which is more difficult than applying primer paint


If you follow these steps, you should have no problem painting your garden shed.

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