Continuing The House Update | Painting the Shed

Updating our home has certainly been a slow process. We have been taking out time in order to make sure it is done correctly and of course to save our pockets. We started with the painting of the trim and the porch of our home. That alone really gave our home a face lift. Then it was becoming apparent that the rest of our home needed to be painted. We went back and forth on color options. Ultimately we decided to paint our shed as a test run for the color we had chosen for our home. I am so glad that we decided to do this test run, because the shed looks beautiful and has gotten me really excited for the rest of our home to be painted!

Inspiration for Our Home – My husband and I discussed multiple ways we wanted our home to look. Some of the adjectives we have used include that we want our home to look clean, modern, timeless, and fitting of the home. Since our home is a colonial, I wanted to use more of a “neutral” type color instead of using something bright or too non-traditional. We also live in Florida so we were also concerned about our home color fading too quickly and making sure we liked the color once it faded. Our home was once colonial blue and now is a grey – which I really dislike after all. WE also wanted to stay true to the original home color so we knew we wanted to stay in the blue family. We then began to look at different homes for inspiration. Here are some of the ones we have been using.

Paint Considerations – Once we narrowed down that we wanted a dark blue/navy type color we then went on a search for the perfect navy for us. If you have every looked for a color then you know how many little variations there are with each different shade. We didn’t want something too grey or green. We also didn’t want the house to look to bright or light blue. We also had the discussion of the type of paint and company we wanted to go with. We needed to make sure it was mildew resistant, fade resistant, and durable. In the end here are some of the shades we considered.


Painting – Once we picked out our paint, we discussed with the paint rep his recommendations on what type of paint to buy and how to prep the shed for painting. I feel like it is always important to discuss in detail how to complete a painting project with these reps because they know their products best and may think of something we had not thought about. Since our shed had minimal discoloration and damage, it was really pretty simple to prep the shed. We pressure-washed the structure, primed the shed, and completed the painting with 2 coats.


{Original Color of Shed}


{Shed Primed and Beginning the first coat of paint}


{Dark paint looks weird when you are painting – it is never its true color}


{All DONE!! Note the giant banana spider in front of the door!}

As we were painting, we became more and more excited and happy with the color choices we had made. It was also a blast to have yet another family project that we got to complete together. My girls have really become great painters so it really helped in speeding up the painting process. I can’t wait for our home to be completed painted (by a professional) coming up in the next year. Keep a look out for updates!

Lauren Cop is a part-time SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) of Irish Twins and Senior writer/editor ciao_laurencop_sig-01of the Olive Shoe Blog. Currently Lauren and her family live in Tallahassee, FL where she teaches at a local pre-school. A Clemson fanatic, alumni and general sports enthusiast. She loves reading, gardening, food, and traveling. Follow her Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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