Creative Paint Ideas for an Old Shed

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Creative Paint Ideas for an Old Shed
With a new coat of paint, this old, run down shed could look brand new. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

A shed can be one of many things; a place for your tools to call home, a quiet getaway for book reading or a clubhouse for your children. Even if your shed is old and worn down from the weather, with a new coat of paint and some tender loving care, it could be the place where some of your greatest memories are made.

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Supplies Needed

Before you can begin your painting project, there are a few supplies you will need.. Aside from exterior paint, purchasing paint brushes, paint rollers, paint trays, extra roller covers, primers and paint additives will be necessary in order to achieve the best look. To determine the amount of paint you need, measure your shed accordingly. According to the Families website, one gallon of paint will cover about 400 square feet of surface with one coat. Don't forget to pick up stencilling as well if you will be adding your own personal design touches to the shed.

Creative Paint Ideas for an Old Shed
Your options are almost endless when it comes to paint varieties. (Jupiterimages/ Images)


Build your child their own playhouse by thinking about themes and colour schemes that they would enjoy. Whether she is a princess that loves flowers and dresses, and the colours pink and purple, or he is an energetic adventurist who loves bugs, dirt and the colours green and brown, your local hardware or superstore should have all the supplies you need.

For a princess castle, paint the outside pink with white trim while adding flower beds around it to give it that extra feminine touch. For a boy's playhouse, painting it grey or brown will really give him that manly feeling. Stencils are an inexpensive item that can add a unique touch to the playhouse that will make your child feel like it is her own private getaway.

Creative Paint Ideas for an Old Shed
With a playhouse in their backyard, your child has the freedom to be as imagitive as she can be. (Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Western Saloon

If you and your family are big on entertaining, consider converting your old shed into a backyard old western saloon. Decorating the inside will be a piece of cake, with bar stools, old tables and of course a homemade bar. The entire perimeter could be a neutral colour, giving you the freedom to design the walls with cacti, cowboys, stars or guns. Paint the entry doors to look like swinging doors that were so common in the old west. Your old western saloon will be a big hit the next time you have a party at your place.

Creative Paint Ideas for an Old Shed
Your parties will be the talk of the town when you turn your shed into an old western saloon. (Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Fun Photo Studio

Turn your creativity into a fun hobby. Your old shed could be a beginner's photography studio with just a few cans of paint. Instead of painting the shed all the same colour, paint each side with a different background scene. For example, one side could have a sky theme, another side has an outdoor haven theme, and the entrance could be extravagant with a chandelier painted on it. When you get tired of a scene, you can switch it out every so often to change the background themes. To take it one step further, turn the inside of your shed into part of the studio, and stock up on props that could be used in photographs.

Creative Paint Ideas for an Old Shed
Having an ocean painted on the side of your shed could be the perfect photo opportunity. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

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