- Decking screws
- Exterior caulking
- Exterior latex paint
- Protective paper or drop clothes for roof
Has your shed or wooden outdoor building seen better days?
If your time and budget is limited, there are a few things you can do to extend the life of your shed for under $100.
My brother recently bought a house that needs a full remodel, including the exterior. Picking where to spend and where to save has become a vital part of getting the house into good shape. We couldn’t be happier with how this inexpensive project turned out.
Step 1: Using your drill, reattach any loose siding securely with decking screws.
Step 2: Apply paintable exterior caulking to any gaps and all seams between pieces of wood.
Step 3: Clean the exterior and allow the wood to fully dry.
Step 4: Use protective paper or a drop cloth to cover the roof, windows, and anything else you don’t want to paint.
Painting with the Wagner Control Pro 130
Step 1: Set up your Wagner paint sprayer according to the included directions, including the water test.
Step 2: Once you’re comfortable spraying with water, empty the sprayer and fill your Control Pro 130 with exterior paint.
Step 3: After priming per the instructions, you’re ready to position the spray gun about 12” from the surface to begin painting.
You’ll see the best results if you overlap about 50% of the prior row.
Be sure to keep the nozzle level and pointed straight at the surface.
Step 4: Once you’ve sprayed all 4 sides of your building, which only took us 15-20 minutes, it’s time to clean the sprayer.
Following the steps in the owner's manual left our sprayer looking like new and ready for it’s next project!
Step 5: After the paint on your building is dry, you can use a brush to add an accent color to your trim.
It only took us half a day of work and about $100 to transform the look of the shed and extend the life for at least another year.
While the siding and trim will still need to be replaced in the future, my brother has a usable and more attractive building in the meantime as he focuses on other projects in his fixer upper.
This guest post was created by Melissa George from Polished Habitat.
Visit polishedhabitat.com for the full shed makeover tutorial and more projects.