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How To Paint A Shed & The Best Shed Paint To Use

WordsMaha Elley


If you have a shed in your garden, you’ll know that it’s more than just a spot to stash that never-used treadmill or other abandoned piece of gym equipment (hey, we all have one). A good-looking garden shed can contribute a lot to the overall ‘look’ of your outdoor space. 

One of the main ways you can transform your shed from a simple storage space to an aesthetically pleasing garden attraction? Revive it with a lovely, durable paint colour of your choice.

So if you fancy sprucing up your shed for a little bit of garden eye candy, keep reading. We break down all the essential tools you need to paint a shed, how to paint a shed and the best shed paint out there.

Tools you’ll need to paint a shed

Let’s kick off with what you’ll need: 

  • Mild cleaning solution
  • A bucket filled with water 
  • Cleaning sponge 
  • Sanding block 
  • Paint brush 
  • A tin of weather-resistant exterior and masonry paint

What is the best paint for sheds?

When choosing paint for your shed, durability and wearability should be your priorities. Obviously, you want a fabulous colour that’ll spice up your garden space - but it also needs to stand the test of a fair few British rainy seasons. 

Our range of Lick exterior and masonry paints is designed to be weatherproof, self-priming and highly durable. Perfect for all those tired-looking garden sheds out there. 


How to prepare your shed for painting 

Before you start slapping the paint on, there are a few essential prep steps to get your shed surface ready: 

  • Clean the shed surface. Boring, we know. But an essential step to get that shed surface paint-ready. Use a bucket of water and a mild cleaning solution to sponge down the surface. 
  • Sand down any old paint. To prep your shed for its gorgeous new paint, it’s time to say goodbye to the old. Sand it down to get rid of any old, flaky paint bits. Our wall repair kit comes with a 120 grit sanding block.
  • Make sure the surface is completely dry. One of the mantras of painting - never, ever paint a damp wood surface. 

Check out our blog for all the steps you should take to paint wooden furniture and other surfaces with Lick. 

How to paint a shed - the step-by-step process

Step 1 – Apply primer (if needed)

While this step isn’t essential if you use Lick paint (all our paints are self-priming), we’d recommend it for previously painted surfaces or drastic colour changes. 

Step 3 – Apply your first of coat of Lick paint 

Time to actually paint the shed AKA the fun part. Start to apply your first coat of Lick paint colour of choice evenly over the surface of your shed. Feeling like going bold and colourful? Try our yellow shed paint.

Step 4 – Allow the first coat to dry 

You’ll be pleased to find that this part requires absolutely zero effort on your part. Sit back with a cuppa and wait for that first coat of shed paint to dry. 

Step 5 – After at least 4 hours of chill time, apply that second coat 

We’d recommend two full coats to give you that professional paint job finish you’re after. 

And there you have it, a spruced-up garden shed that’s a lot more exciting to look at than it was a few hours ago. Save the shed decluttering session for another day.

Explore our range of exterior and masonry paint colours.