How to Paint an Outdoor Shed


In this day and age, almost everyone needs an outdoor shed for storage and utility purposes. These sheds come in a variety of sizes, colors, and materials but one thing is for sure, they wear out. Due to the constant weathering and outdoor conditions, these storage sheds tend to need a new paint job every couple of years. Fortunately, painting a shed can be a quick and timely project that will not break your budget.

  • Choose Complementary Colors

    Outdoor sheds are not typically the most attractive yard feature, so you want to do what you can to make it match the exterior of your home whenever possible. This will help the utility shed to blend in with the rest of your house's features, so it doesn't stand out like a sore thumb. If your house is made of brick, you might want to choose a deep brown or red paint for the shed. If your house is made of a light colored vinyl siding, then you might want to choose a tan or light brown paint color. Just remember, you are not trying to draw attention to your storage shed, so paint it in a complementary and subdued color that will look pleasant with your house. If you are looking for a small way to emphasize your shed, then use a muted tan, brown, or off-white paint color on the trim and doors. This will give the shed a completed look without it seeming too ostentatious.

  • Paint the Lattice around the Shed

    Most sheds have some sort of lattice or woodworking around the bottom of the shed where it meets the ground. Utility sheds should purposely be elevated slightly above the ground, so they can breathe and air out. Otherwise, your shed will quickly begin to rot or mildew from the damp weather conditions. The lattice or woodworking around the bottom of the shed helps to hide the fact that it is raised above the ground. In addition, the lattice trim keeps out animals and rodents that would love to find a place of refuge under your shed. When you paint your shed, be sure to carefully paint the lattice too. You will need to use a paintbrush, not a roller, to paint this wooden trim. You can paint the wooden lattice the same color as the shed for the most visually appealing design.

  • Preserve the Hardware

    As you are painting the shed, wooden trim, and latticework, be sure to carefully mask off all of the hardware. The lock and hinges need to retain their original color or they will peel and chip easily. Black hardware seems to be the most aesthetically appealing design, but silver or white hardware will also add a nice touch to the shed. Use painter's tape to carefully mark off the hardware, or you will wind up with paint splatter all over the lock and hinges. A freshly painted shed will make your yard look fresh and clean.

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