Garden shed makeover using slate grey garden paint from Ronseal and decorated with rustic style decor.
When we moved into our forever home just over 2 years ago, we were excited (yet terrified) at the enormity of the garden. We had only ever had a rather modern and simple rectangle of grass before (oh how easy that was!). However our game had well and truly been ‘upped’ as we adopted a rather quaint, country style garden…complete with multi levels, plants a plenty and surprises around every corner. The kids love it of course, even if it is an unmanageable task to maintain (and not at all our modern and simple style).
One of the great features of the garden is a wooden ‘bothy’ complete with wood burner. It’s tucked out of sight from the house, up on a higher level (a bit like the Secret Garden) and the deck of it overlooks the fields and the forests beyond. It’s quite picturesque and it’s a great place to set up for the afternoon whilst the kids are playing. But if I had to say one thing about it…and I’m not exaggerating when I say this…it’s not the slightest bit pretty to look at (as you can see!)
With it’s trademark red/brown stain, something we are slowly eradicating from this house piece by painstaking piece, it became a bit of a storage ground for furniture, doors and even kitchen units. But I was determined to give it the kiss of life and get some use out of it. At the very least, It would make a pretty photo backdrop.
After hitting my famed pinterest boards, I decided I wanted to go for a grey coloured paint, but with a hint of sage/blue to it. I worried that nothing would tackle the existing stain, as it was so dark, but I needn’t have. Ronseal have a great selection of garden paints available in a choice of colours. We opted for ‘slate’ and when I did my research, I found positive reviews from others who were covering a similar dark colour.
Even with 1 coat, I knew it was going to work quite well and after 3 we were really impressed with the coverage and it is good knowing the wood is now protected for 5 years.
I have to say, I was gobsmacked at the difference it has made to the whole garden and the fact it is now a space where I want to come and sit. I love the rustic, industrial charm of the decking (my most favorite photo backdrop ever), but I had a bit of a fight to keep it au natural. I think it works really well, let me know what you think.
I’m looking forward to spending a few summer evenings here in the years to come…and who knows, we could even get the wood burner on the go when the snow hits. I’m thinking fake fur throws, flickering lights and a little glass of mulled wine…who’s in?!
Disclosure: Collaborative post