Transform your ordinary garden shed from drab to fab in a few steps. Use it as a private office, yoga studio, reading nook or stylish storage area.
For this project, we’re working with a timber shed. Start by applying a layer of masking tape to the edges of any windows or handles – this is to protect the glass and hardware from splatter. Now it’s time to apply your primer. Use a paint roller and brushes to add two coats to the entire shed, leaving to dry in between each application.
Once your primer is dry, it’s time to apply your paint. You can choose whichever colour you like; we’ve chosen to go with a darker shade. The key is to make sure it’s all-weather exterior paint.
Use the same paint roller and brushes to apply at least two coats of paint, using even brush strokes to ensure a clean finish. If you’d like your shed to be quite dark, it’s best to add a third or even a fourth coat. Leave to dry.
Depending on your space, consider laying decking in front of your shed. We’ve put in modular decking and have support footings underneath to keep it sturdy. From there, we’ve laid decking boards on top along with screening at the front.
Add a splash of greenery with a range of potted plants at the front of your shed, inside the space, or to either side.
Add the final touches. Furnish the space with a rug, throws, desk (if using as an office), chair or side table. This is a great opportunity to let your creativity shine and design it to your personal style. Regardless of how you use the space, storage is always a good idea. Install shelves or a storage unit to ensure there’s space for what you need.
You can also style the area surrounding your shed, with a range of plants and trees in planters, screen panels or battery-operated flameless candles.
Now it’s time to enjoy your brand-new shed!
Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.
When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.