Hello! I'm Melodye from ShabbyGlam.
I am in the process of creating my dream backyard. Phase one is now complete: The backyard Shed Makeover! I'm excited to share with you the steps I took to take a hideous old white aluminum shed and turn it into a charming focal point of my salvage-chic backyard.
Here's the pitiful "before" picture...but I saw potential!
Shed before paint - So UGLY!
a) CLEAN: My energizer bunny daughter (age 13) and I scrubbed down the shed with DAP T.S.P Substitute heavy-duty cleaner and a roofing brush. This stripped the loose chalky old paint off the shed to prepare for primer.
c) PAINT: Then we put two coats of paint on the shed, including the roof. We used a flat paint for the green walls and a satin finish paint for the red door. I painted the edge of the roof brown, but hated it and changed that color to periwinkle blue.
Cleaned the shed of loos paint with T.S.P.
Primed the shed with Zinsser
Step 2: Add Roof Trim & Frame the Door. The brown aluminum roof fascia looked insubstantial and boring so my husband offered to add wooden trim! I painted furring strips ($1.15 per 10 food board...such a bargain!) in a fabulous periwinkle blue, and we (he) mounted them to the aluminum fascia.
Step 4: Vintage Window Painted: I found these fabulous vintage windows on Craig's list for $5 each! (I know all you repurposers out there are totally jealous!). I took one of the windows and cleaned it with DAP's T.S.P. Substitute mentioned above, sanded it, then painted it blue to match the shed trim.
Painted the window Periwinkle Blue
Step 5: Vintage Window turned into a Mirror! My son had a great idea! He suggested that the window would look better as a mirror. Roeshel at The DIY Club did a similar vintage window turned mirror project using Krylon Looking Glass Mirror-Like Paint. I followed her lead, and it worked like a charm! I masked and taped off areas not to be painted.
Next, I sprayed about 5 light coats of Looking Glass, allowing it to dry 1 minute between coats (as recommended on the can). Because my new mirror was going outside, I sprayed an Rustoleum Outdoor Metalic Finish over the Looking Glass paint to seal it. Next, I mounted it on the shed.
Krylon Looking Glass Spray Paint - creates a reflective surface that looks like a vintage mirror!
Step 6: Added outdoor faucet handles: Don't these make great hooks for my garden tools?
Step 7: Mount trellis & landscape: We took a fan trellis and cut it in half to mount on either side of the window. We planted jasmine vines and flowers, and voila!
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.