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Time to Update Your Painted Summer House? Here Are Some Tips

So your painted summer house is looking a little tired. It’s not surprising that a wooden structure that spends all year outside is no longer looking its best. Over time, paint can fade and flake, turning what was once beautiful into a bit of an eyesore.

Nobody want a scruffy-looking wooden building at the bottom of their garden, so it’s time to give it a facelift. 

You don’t need to be an expert at DIY to freshen up the look of your garden. You only need some basic equipment and the will to put in a bit of physical labour. This means, you can quickly turn your painted summer house from drab to dazzling, with only a small amount of effort.

Tips for Improving Your Painted Summer House

When you’re on a mission for home improvement, you might as well go all out. If you’ve got to spend some time on a project to make it look passable, it’s sensible to spend a little longer making it look amazing. Not only will you be proud of a job well done, the extra effort could pay off by making the summer house look fresher for longer.

Before you start – clean your painted summer house

A really thorough clean inside and out will be a great starting point for improving your summer house. It’s likely you’ll be adding a lick of paint to the outside (and possibly the inside). This means you’ll need a clean base to start. 

For a very thorough job, get a bucket of warm soapy water and a scrubbing brush. The best method is to scrub every inch of it. You might want to hose it down after if things get particularly soapy.

This might seem like a lot of effort, but if you don’t pre-clean, you’re bound to end up accidentally embalming some deceased insects in your paint work. 

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Choose your paint

While you’re waiting for your summer house to dry (and it will need to be completely dry before you paint) it’s time to choose what you’ll be painting it with.

There are plenty of budget brands out there that offer lots of beautiful colours, but in some cases this can be false economy. Spending more doesn’t always equate to better paint, but the superior outdoor paint always does cost more. Look for a paint with an in-built weather shield, so the first rain doesn’t come along and wash off all your hard work.

Once you’re got your paint, it’s time to use it! Cover your summer house in 1-2 coats and let it dry.

Apply the finishing touches

After all your hard work so far, it would be silly to stop there. Give the project the finish it deserves by accessorising your painted summer house. The tradition is coloured bunting, but if that’s not your style, a string of solar powered outdoor lights will look just as good. 

Potted plants either side of the summer house will give it a welcoming feel, and you can always lay down stone steps to pave the way. 

There’s no sense having your summer house clash with all the other wood in the garden, so it might be worth painting the surrounded fences the same colour too. It can be a big job, but the end result will definitely be worth it.

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