I’m a gardening expert – this $5 hack will make your shed feel like an extension of your home

NOW the sun is shining, you are probably relaxing in the garden and you may find that your garden shed is looking tired and neglected.

But fear not, Dave Malcom, the founder of ShedPlans, has shared his top DIY tips for breathing new life into your shed.

Dave Malcom has revealed DIY hacks to transform your shed this summer


Dave Malcom has revealed DIY hacks to transform your shed this summerPhoto credit: Getty

He says, “It will become an extension of your home rather than a feature you’d rather forget.”

IExamine and replace rotten wood

The first call to action in reviving your shed is to look for structural damage on the outside of the building.

Identify rotten pieces of wood by looking for areas of darker discoloration, or areas where the wood feels spongy or crumbly.

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Peeling or loosening of existing paint can be a good indicator that there is rot underneath.

First try to replace any rotten pieces of wood on the shed as well as any rusty screws holding the pieces in place before proceeding to the next step.

Clean it thoroughly

Use a wire brush to remove any growing lichen, moss, cobwebs, or dirt that may have formed on the outside of your shed.

Investing in an anti-fungal detergent can be a great way to loosen fungus before scrubbing with a wire brush, and it will also help prevent further bacteria from growing in your shed.

Remove peeling paint

Next you want to remove old peeling paint from the outside of the shed.

Use a plastic scraper, sandpaper, or scouring pad to gently remove paint from any areas with visible chips or blisters.

If the previous layer of paint is still intact, you can skip this step and apply a new layer of paint directly over the original.

Make it waterproof

Applying a sealant such as caulk to fill any cracks or holes can prevent excess moisture from entering your shed.

Humidity and heat provide optimal conditions for the growth of mold or other bacteria, especially in the summer months. Therefore, a watertight construction helps limit the chances of this happening.

Cover these surfaces

Cover the surfaces with scale paint, which costs around £5


Cover the surfaces with scale paint, which costs around £5Photo credit: Getty

If you are applying a new coat of paint, which can cost around $5, place anti-dust sheets on the yard around the shed as well as on a nearby fence to avoid dripping paint onto your yard.

Before painting, use masking tape to cover any hinges or handles that you don’t want to paint, and for larger areas like windows, use masking tape to secure old newspaper.

Apply a primer

Before you begin painting, it is best to apply a good quality wood primer to the outside of your shed.

This serves two purposes; Firstly it helps to strengthen the wood and protect it from rotting and secondly it allows the paint to adhere better to the wood and reduces the chance of the paint peeling off.

Apply a new coat of paint

Using a wood brush, start painting any trim around the windows or doors, as well as any vertically aligned panels.

Then start painting each horizontal panel.

Starting at the top, move the brush horizontally in broad strokes from left to right.

Starting at the top allows you to continue to cover up any drips of paint that may have fallen onto the panels below.

Once this has had time to dry you can apply another coat of paint in the same way if you feel it is necessary.

These tips were provided by, which ensures homeowners have everything they need to build their own shed by providing a comprehensive library of plans covering every step of the way. I’m a gardening expert – this $5 hack will make your shed feel like an extension of your home

Jessica MacLeish

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