Home Improvement

How To Paint A Shed

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Can you believe that it has been 3 years since my dad and I built my shed-shop!? The past few years have been so amazing in this little 12 x 12 workshop, but it was finally time to give it the love that it deserves! When we built the shop, it matched the existing siding color on my parents’ home. But, since then, they’ve replaced the siding to add a beautiful grey color… needless to say the shop started to stick out like a sore thumb. So, I decided to paint it! Painting a shed is a super easy process, and it made a huge impact on the entire yard! So, here’s how I painted the shed!

How To Paint A Shed

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Painting the shed was so much easier than I thought it would initially be. I was able to really get the entire process done in a couple of days (this could have been much faster if I used a paint sprayer, but we’ll talk about that soon)! It is seriously amazing what a new paint job can do for a building!

Here’s the before:

how to build a shed

And, this is what it looks like now (insert heart-eyes & drooling emojis)!

Thinking of painting your shed and want to learn how? Let’s do it!

What You’ll Need:

dap platinum patch on shed

Hammer (Optional)
Painting Materials (Brush/Roller)
Spackling Knife
Caulking Gun
Garden Hose
Scrubbing Brush
Painter’s Tape (Optional)

Exterior Paint (Here’s the Color I Used)
DAP Platinum Patch Advanced Exterior Filler
DAP Dynaflex Ultra Advanced Exterior Sealant
Exterior Cleaning Solution

The Steps:

1. First thing I had to do before I could paint the shed was give it a good wash. This was a super simple process! I used a scrub brush and a cleaning solution to clean the shop exterior and then hosed it all down. I waited for the moisture to completely dry before moving onto the next step.

cleaning a shed

2. Once the shed was dry, I took some time to do some maintenance. This included hammering in any loose nails that shifted or became loose during settling over the past few years. I also filled in nail holes and gaps using DAP Platinum Patch Advanced Exterior Filler, which is an awesome filler that provides extreme weatherproof protection that prevents discoloration, cracking and crumbling. I allowed this to dry for a bit before sanding it smooth.

dap platinum patch on shed

I also made sure to fill in any and all gaps between the trim and the shed with DAP Dynaflex Ultra Advanced Exterior Sealant. This stuff is AMAZING and provides the shed with mold, algae, and mildew resistance (for life)! It was also paintable in an hour, which made life SO easy!

caulking shed siding and trim

3. Once the shed was prepped, I gave it a good sanding. This wasn’t anything crazy – I just spent a few minutes running a sanding block up and down across the surface just to scuff off anything that was chipping away.

prepping a shed for paint

4. Next, it was time to paint! I started with the trim (this felt the easiest for me) and didn’t worry too much about being “neat” (since I’m going to focus on that in the next step). I used a brighter color on the trim than on the paint to give the shed fresh feel.


5. After brushing on the trim paint, I decided to use a brush and a roller to paint the rest of the shed! I opted to not use a sprayer because it was a bit windy outside. This did make the process take a bit longer, but the roller and brush method worked just fine!

painting a shed

P.S. I chose a color called “Flannel Grey” from BEHR for the shed, and nothing else has felt more right in my entire life.

Once the shed dried I did add some new accessories to compliment her  grey flannel (i.e., a light fixture, new door handle, and some cute DIY slat wood planters)… and then I called this project a wrap!

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In just a few days I transformed my shed-shop from a beige bore into a beauty wearing grey flannel!

I am SO stoked about how this shed-shop turned out! If you think the outside looks beautiful, you should check out the INSIDE (I have an entire blog post for that as well)!

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Sam Raimondi

Sam is a full time psychologist and part time content creator from Long Island, New York.



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