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Time to Bring Your Garden Shed Back to Life

Posted on Oct 4, 2015

Garden shacks are usually not every estate’s head turners: between work and chores, kids, family and friends, garden projects and PC/telly sessions, we seldom find the time to do something about the state of the shed. Consequently, most garden sheds look like a dilapidating piece of architecture gone haywire – they may as well have been taken out of Shrek and transplanted into our backyards.

But if you can spare an upgrade for your living area, why deprive the tool shed of the same portion of care? A shabby shed is certainly not a property enhancer, it can bring your home price down a notch or two on the real estate market, so it is high time you did something about your auxiliary facilities and tied up loose ends everywhere on your property, including your backyard and its features.

A Fresh Coat of Paint

If you are bored with the dull exterior and even duller interior of your garden shed, it would be a good idea to apply a fresh paint coat to the walls and wooden furnishings. For best visual effects, reputed Sydney-based painters advise coordinating the look of your shed with the overall color scheme of the house – that way, the outbuilding will appear as optimally blended with the rest of the estate and not as a pile of litter aliens dumped right in the middle of your estate.

Natural All the Way

Wreaths and bouquets made from your own garden flowers and plants can serve as natural decorative touches for a lovely shed. To make a charming shed door wreath, you will need a round frame (you can make it from a pair of wire coat hangers and adhesive tape), some flowers and greenery, colorful ribbons and optional decorations. Attach the blossoms and branches to the metal base using wire, tape and glue, add the ribbons and other ornaments and your door wreath is ready!

As Simple as Bunting

Another simple aesthetic trick for your garden shed look, bunting will add a dash of color to the décor. The best thing about bunting is that you can easily make it from literally any scrap material you have at hand. Cut out same-sized triangles of fabric to serve as flags, pair the pieces (facing back to back) and sew them together, leaving the top point loose. Iron the flags, sew the top seam to the ribbon, rope or other binging and your bunting masterpiece is all set for display.

Dreamy Jam Jar Lights

Jam jar lights can serve as convenient and budget-friendly lighting for your garden shed and you can arrange them in several ways depending on the look you want to achieve. Tightly wrap a strong piece of wire around the jam jar rim, twist it into place and make a hanging loop to attach the jar light to the wall or ceiling using nails. You can also paint the jars with glass paint and apply a coat of glittery glue to achieve a fairylike look – after all, every garden shed could use a little pixie dust.

Shed Signs in All Their Glory

Once you have dolled up your garden shed and cleaned it thoroughly, add a wooden signboard with a message to potential intruders. You can make the sign from a piece of discarded timber or apple cart and a bit of paint. The message should voice your attitude regarding shed privacy intrusion, so you can write ‘Trespassers will be hugged’, ‘Keep out or suffer my wrath’, ‘Abandon hope all ye who enter here’ or ‘Free labor welcome’ – the choice of words will depend on your disposition and wit.

Ready to spruce up your garden shed? With these simple tricks, your shabby backyard shack can quickly become your favorite hideout, so roll up your sleeves and get to work immediately! Let’s be realistic now, your house cannot be a true home if you do not have a charming shed to go with it.

About Lillian Connors

If one thing is true about Lillian Connors, her mind is utterly curious. That’s why she can’t resist the urge to embark on a myriad of home improvement projects and spread the word about them. She’s also deeply into green practices, cherishing the notion that sustainable housing and gardening will not only make us far less dependent on others regarding the dwellings we inhabit and what we eat, but also contribute to our planet being a better place to live on. When she is not trying to improve the things around her (and herself, for that matter), she likes to lose herself in a good book and sip on an occasional appletini.

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