In those three years a lot has happened but we never got round to painting the shed. Recently we have made some massive changes to the garden and this was the the perfect time to paint the shed.
This was Mr MC&W project and he used:
- Sage Green Paint - For Wood and outdoor use
- Cream Paint - For Wood and outdoor use
- Hammerite - For the metal work
- Masking tape
- Paint brushes - Large for the green and the main body of the shed, medium sized one for the cream and smaller ones for the cutting in and hammerite
- Kitchen towel and of course baby wipes
First of all we had to carefully take down the Jasmine and the supporting wires and lay it flat. Next we had a long discussion on what would be cream and what would be green.
Mr MC&W then masked up the areas and began with the green paint. We considered using a roller but found using a brush allowed us to get into the nooks that are part of the wood. We did two coats of green and then re masked up for the cream.
We brought much smaller brushes for the cream paint an the paint was much thinner again two coats were needed.
We took of the masking tape and found the cream paint had leaked through and we had to make good with extra green. Mr MC&W almost though it would have been simpler and quicker to be careful and not bother with the masking tape at all.
We were very happy with our efforts and the the MIL asked if we were doing anything with the hinges? we said no as could not change them. She then told us about hammerite.
This allowed us to paint the sliver hinges black. The paint was not easy to use as it is thick and took work to get it looking OK. We must admit it has made a huge difference.
Lesson we learnt
- Use a brush not a roller
- The paint up close is very hard to make look good but from a distance it looks great
- Check the weather for a weekend of dry weather the paint takes about two hours to dry
- Keep children in when its drying - they are drawn to wet paint
- Hammerite is not easy to apply its thick and takes time
- Do the joins carefully as the paint can easily leak through
Enjoy Colour and the end result