Storage House Swag

I spent this Memorial Day weekend checking off my to-do list one of the biggest painting projects I have ever completed. I painted my storage house! This my friends was no easy feat, it involved ladders...and three days of labor.

This is how my storage house looked before its makeover. A little back story: this is our second storage unit we purchased in a year due to an hailstorm that destroyed the first one. We had Lowe's come and build it. It came from the factory primed except for a couple of pieces of raw wood.
Day 1: The Prep Day
I power washed the entire shed to make sure I had a nice clean surface for the paint to adhere to. I had to caulk around all the trim including corner, door and window trim. I used a tube and a half of caulk. I primed the front and back raw wood trim pieces.
Day 2: Painting
I did two coats of paint on all the trim pieces and then cut in and painted the first coat on the siding. I used Pantone 'Cloud Dancer' 11-4201 for the trim pieces and Eddie Bauer 'Woodsmoke' EB48-2 for the siding. I used Valspar Duramax in semi-gloss exterior for both colors.
Day 3: Final Coat of Paint
Since the storage house has a textured wood grain finish I used a stucco roller to get into all the grooves. That roller worked like a charm! I finished the last coat of paint and was done!

I added two Cyprus around the front of the storage house. These where in pots on my front porch and they had outgrown their pots and started to wilt, so it time to transplant in the yard. I think they will thrive nicely here.
 Here is a side by side comparison of the before and after for your viewing pleasure:
What do you think? Do you have any outdoor painting stories or tips you want to share? Do tell! See ya next week! I will be sharing how I created my outdoor curtain rods for less than ten dollars.

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18 comments:

  1. Darnetha, girlllll, you are on a roll with your projects. I love it when a new post pops up on my reader because I know it will be something good!! As always greats pictures, your storage house looks great!! The new color is perfect and makes a huge difference.

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  2. I love it! I love how the color is serene and blends nicely with the greenery/nature around it. Those chairs are fab too! Lovely pop of red!

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  3. Wow! You go girl! That is a great job and now your yard looks grander. And, just wait for the little trees to grow. They will frame it nicely!

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    1. The Cyprus are already perking back up since I moved them to their new home! I am enjoying how small changes are making our house more a home even in the yard! Thanks!

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  4. Good job!! Love the new paint work Darnetha!

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  5. I love the color choice and the red chairs! It is amazing what paint can do to personalize and dress up a space. Great job!

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  6. It turned our very cute!! We painted our house before with the help of my Dad it was lots of fun and so rewarding but a lot of work too - lol

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    1. A lot of work it is! I can't imagine painting a house, if I ever paint a storage unit again I think I will use a sprayer! ;)

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  7. Wow, it looks great. I love how the trim is a different color. And that little window is so cute...it's just screaming for a wreath come holiday time. I'm visiting from Inspired Living.

    Christy @ Creating a Beautiful Life

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I love that idea of a wreath on the window for the holidays. Will definitely do that!

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  8. Wow, that looks great! The two different paint colors gives it a "cottagey" feel. You make me want to do an inventory of all of the outdoor projects I need to finish - or better yet, start! LOL! Love your blog!

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  9. It looks perfectly done. I really like the new color much better. Job well done!!!!!

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  10. I love the color and the white trim! A huge upgrade to the vanilla it came as!

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  11. As always you are full of surprises the storage looks great and I really like that color you look just like a real painter on that ladder, I need to paint my storage that gives me an idea, thanks for sharing.

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  12. I know I'm late to this post, but I came over after your comment. I love your storage shed; I want one so bad! We have zero outdoor storage, so one side of our garage is clogged with stuff that should be outside. You know if you DIY you need tool storage! One day maybe I can get a tiny one into my small yard.

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  13. With rising storage prices these days I have been considering building a shed in the back garden myself for a few months now and after seeing your blog I am going to do it this weekend. I’ve just been out to get some paint and have decided to be bold and go with a leafy green with white trim. It should look very pretty, just like yours, and will save me money in the long-term.

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    1. That sounds awesome! Go bold! It is a lot of work but will save you a couple hundred dollars in the long run, well worth it.

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