How to Make Your Metal Shed Look Better


An unsightly metal shed can ruin the entire appearance of a landscaping design. With a few materials and a little time, you can make your metal shed look better and not stick out like a sore thumb in your backyard. Exterior decorating is much the same as interior decorating; choose the elements to dress up your shed as you would a large piece that you have inside your home. Make it look like a part of your outdoor design scheme rather than an eyesore.

Things You'll Need

  • Soap and
  • Stiff-bristle brush
  • Hammer or pop-out dent tool
  • Industrial-strength glue
  • Plastic sheet or drop cloths
  • Outdoor metal paint
  • Paint sprayer
  • Flowers or garden decor
  • Wash the shed to remove any dirt or residue. Clean out all the cracks and crevices with a stiff-bristle brush while running water over the cracks and crevices.

  • Hammer out any dents from the inside of the shed. If the shed has finished walls inside, use a dent pop-out tool that attaches over the dent on the exterior.

  • Glue down any pieces that have torn loose. Use industrial-strength glue that will hold up against the outside elements.

  • Wash the entire exterior again if necessary to remove any metal dust or glue residue. Allow it dry thoroughly.

  • Lay plastic sheeting down around the shed, covering an area of at least 3 feet in all directions. Use painter's drop cloths as an alternative.

  • Buy outdoor paint that is meant for metal and matches the siding of your home. Choose a complementary color if you cannot find or do not want an exact match, to make your metal shed look better.

  • Rent or buy a spray painter and practice on another surface if you have never used one before. On a calm day, stand about a foot away from the shed and spray the color on in even strokes, moving the sprayer evenly as you go. Allow the paint to dry.

  • Plant flowers around the shed or decorate it with lawn and garden ornaments that reflect the rest of your landscaping design. A metal shed looks better when it flows with the rest of your outdoor decor.

Tips & Warnings

  • If any existing shed windows or doors are broken or damaged, replace them. For cheaper alternatives, use clear plastic for the windows and hang a durable fabric, such as a vinyl shower curtain, for the door.

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