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How to Paint a Shed Yourself | Beginner’s Guide

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Last Updated on April 1, 2024 by lindseymahoney

If you’re looking to spruce up your backyard, painting your shed is a great place to start. With a little bit of time and effort, you can transform your shed into a beautiful and eye-catching feature of your outdoor space.

HOW TO PAINT A GARDEN SHED YOURSELF - Shade Grown Sherwin Williams and Evergreen Fog

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced DIYer, this guide will walk you through the steps to paint your shed like a pro.

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Step-by-Step Guide to Painting a Shed Yourself

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How to paint a wooden shed yourself - A beginners guide

For years we have talked about adding a shed to our backyard and this year we finally purchased one from Tuff Shed.

We considered purchasing one from Tuff Shed a few years earlier but the financing was not great.

Earlier this year we went to a local home and garden show and they had a much better financing offering for a limited time.

If you are in a similar situation, definitely ask Tuff Shed about upcoming financing specials that may work better for you and your family.

Initial Steps When Installing a Tuff Shed

Acquiring a Permit

Once we chose the shed design, we were required to get a permit from the city before it was constructed.

The process was pretty simple, we filled out a permit form and turned it in to the zoning office for our city. I believe it cost around $25.

Prepare the Location of the Shed

How to paint a wooden shed yourself - A beginners guide

When we received the permit we sent it to Tuff Shed and scheduled the delivery of the shed. Because this shed would be used to store pool items (as well as a lawn mower and gardening items), we decided to tuck the shed behind our pool.

This location gave us a little more privacy from our neighbors as well since removing two large pine trees last year.

How to paint a wooden shed yourself - A beginners guide

We prepped the foundation by laying down the paver base screening and tamping it down to make the ground level.

Tuff Shed Installation

How to paint a wooden shed yourself - A beginners guide

Tuff Shed installed the shed in a single day and the exterior wood is already primed and ready for paint.

How to paint a wooden shed yourself - A beginners guide

If you are a beginner when it comes to painting exterior buildings, having the shed primed already is a great perk and one less step you have to handle!

1 | Choose the Right Paint Supplies

Before you start painting your shed, it’s important to choose the right paint and tools for the job.

For the paint, you want a high-quality exterior paint that is designed to withstand the elements. Look for a paint that is specifically formulated for wood and that has UV protection to prevent fading.

I used A-100 Exterior Acrylic Latex paint from Sherwin Williams in the satin sheen to paint our shed. As for tools, you’ll need a paintbrush, a roller, a paint tray, and a ladder.

Supplies to Paint a Shed

After gathering tons of inspiration for the shed, I had a clear vision in my head. For the shed to blend in with its surroundings, we chose earthy green paint colors.

2 | Prep the Surface and Apply Primer

How to paint a wooden shed yourself - A beginners guide

Before you start painting your shed, it’s important to prepare the surface to ensure the paint adheres properly and lasts as long as possible.

Start by cleaning the shed with a power washer or a hose and scrub brush to remove any dirt, grime, or mildew. Allow the shed to dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Next, sand any rough or peeling areas of the shed to create a smooth surface for the paint to adhere to. Finally, use a primer to seal any bare wood or areas where the old paint has been removed.

Allow the primer to dry completely before starting to paint.

Prep a wooden shed to paint yourself | DIY

*If you purchased a pre-primed shed (like me) you will only need to fill the screw holes with wood filler and sand them smooth before applying paint.

Sand a wooden shed to paint yourself | DIY

3 | Paint the Shed Trim

How to paint a shed with white trim | DIY

When painting multiple colors in a room/building, I prefer to start with the lightest paint color. In this case, it is the trim.

How to paint a shed with white trim | DIY

For the trim, I primarily use a paintbrush, but the 4 inch roller can speed up the process on the flat surfaces.

I don’t worry about painting outside of the lines because I will be painting a darker color on the siding which will create a clean paint line.

We painted the soffit the same color as the trim, Ethereal White by Sherwin Williams.

How to paint a shed with white trim | DIY

Give the first coat of paint 1-2 hours to dry and then apply the second coat of paint to the trim

4 | Paint the Shed Siding

How to paint a shed dark green - Shade Grown Sherwin Williams

For the siding of the shed, I used a combination of an angled paintbrush and a 9 inch roller. Make sure to apply the paint evenly and cover the entire surface.

How to paint a shed dark green - Shade Grown Sherwin Williams

The grooves of the wood made it a little more challenging when painting against the white trim.

To paint the peak of the shed, I used a ladder and had to use a tiny paintbrush to get into the tight corners.

How to paint a shed dark green - Shade Grown Sherwin Williams

The larger paintbrush was too big and got paint all over the white trim.

How to paint a shed dark green - Shade Grown Sherwin Williams

When the first coat is dry, I applied the second coat of dark green paint.

How to paint a shed dark green - Shade Grown Sherwin Williams

5 | Paint the Shed Doors

How to paint a shed dark green and door warm green - Evergreen Fog Sherwin Williams

This step is interchangeable with step 4, in my opinion, it doesn’t matter which one you paint first.

The third color I chose for the shed is Evergreen Fog, a gray green that blends in with nature.

How to paint a shed dark green and door warm green - Evergreen Fog Sherwin Williams

A combination of an angled paintbrush and 4 inch roller got the job done within a few hours.

How to paint a shed dark green and door warm green - Evergreen Fog Sherwin Williams

It took me an afternoon to apply two coats of paint to the two shed doors.

6 | Paint Touch-ups

How to paint a shed dark green | DIY

It is inevitable that I hit the ceiling with the wall paint or drip one color of paint onto another while tackling a project like this.

After the shed had been painted, I went around with a paintbrush and cleaned up any of my errors.

Painted Shed Reveal

How to paint a shed yourself | Dark green shed with white trim and gray green door

Isn’t she adorable?! I added a little bee knocker, a wind chime, and window boxes filled with flowers for extra charm.

How to paint a shed yourself | Dark green shed with white trim and gray green door
How to paint a shed yourself | Dark green shed with white trim and gray green door

It fits in perfectly with the spruce trees around the pool and it looks like the painted shed has always been there.

The blue stone edging around the flower beds pairs perfectly with the dark green shed.

How to paint a shed yourself | Dark green shed with white trim and gray green door

Painting the shed myself not only saved a lot of money, but it totally changed the look of it too!

How to paint a shed yourself | Dark green shed with white trim and gray green door

This project took a few days to complete with one person. With two people, this is easily a weekend project. While it is time-consuming, it is an easy project that is a good option for beginners.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best paint for sheds?

When painting the exterior of a structure, it is important to use a paint that can withstand the elements outside. My go to paint brand tends to be Sherwin Williams, so I used their A-100 Exterior Acrylic Latex paint product.

Whether you prefer Sherwin-Williams, Benjamin Moore, or another brand from your hardware store, be sure to choose the exterior paint product, which will be more durable than indoor paint products.

Should I use a sprayer to paint a wood shed?

A paint sprayer is absolutely an option to paint a shed!

Personally, I get turned off by the amount of prep time it takes to use a paint sprayer and usually end up using a roller and paintbrush. For beginners tackling this DIY, I recommend the paintbrush and roller.

Can I paint outside in the winter?

It should be at least 50 degrees outside when painting the shed. Look for a day where the forecast for the next few days is dry without any rain.

What is the best paint finish for a wooden shed?

My preferred paint finish for a wooden shed is satin.

This specific paint sheen is durable and easily cleaned. It also doesn’t look too shiny, which can be distracting on the exterior of a building that you want to blend in.

What is the best color to paint a shed?

If you want your shed to blend in with its surroundings, I recommend choosing natural colors. Consider colors found in nature, like greens, blues, browns, and creams.

The main house is a great place to find inspiration and coordinate paint colors.

Choosing colors that complement each other creates a cohesive color scheme.

We are painting our house this year and plan to paint our doors the same color as the shed doors. The shutters will be the same color as the shed siding.

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Ryan

Thursday 29th of June 2023

I work for Tuff Shed and this is amazing!!! Thank you for sharing!

lindseymahoney

Thursday 29th of June 2023

Absolutely!!