If you follow my instagram (and instagram stories now, too!) you’ll have seen a preview snap of my ombre dream shed. You’ll also know that I’m pretty partial to a spot of DIY. I have a fairly endless list of things that I’d like to make and do for our home and there’s been a lovely response to the projects that I’ve shared over the last few months!
When B&Q got in touch with a Shedspiration project- I couldn’t say no. The brief was simple: use your imagination to create a wooden hut that dreams are made of. I took a little bit of inspo from our Custard Cream cushion collection and took to Pinterest to plan my shed’s pastel colour scheme.
I am by no means a professional joiner (I can put together flat-packed furniture and do the occasional odd job around the house) but with the help of this Youtube Tutorial and a few extra pairs of hands, I managed to build the shed myself! I’d originally planned to have a handy pal help out- but I’m so glad that I gave it a go- It wasn’t as tricky as I’d expected and I definitely learned a few skills along the way.
I’d seen the green colour-blocked ombre shed on B&Q’s Shedspiration pinterest board and I decided that I wanted to take the ombre look a step further with a fully blended finish.
I used Cuprinol Garden shades in 2 of their original mixed colours: Purple Pansy and Coastal Mist. I’m a big fan of water-based paints as they’re easy on the environment, much less tricky to clean from your brushes at the end of the day and in this case- super mixable. I started with the pale blue (Coastal Mist) and painted a horizontal slat at time. With each slat, I added a small amount of Purple Pansy my paint pot: creating a smooth gradient of blue to purple.
It was a breezy day so I was able to give each horizontal slat 2 coats before moving on to the next shade.
The shed itself is pretty petite (It’s this 6 x 4’one) so it didn’t take long to transform from brown wooden box to parma violet palace! I had to stop due to the rain- but if you had a dry day, there’s nothing to say you couldn’t do this little paint project in a day. I’ve used lots of opaque outdoor paints, but this Cuprinol one was really nice to use and definitely on par with some of the expensive luxury paint brands.
We’d just added Michael’s log cabin art studio to our garden, so the ombre dream shed is currently in residence at my parent’s home. Luckily they were quite happy to give me free reign on the palette for new addition to their garden! Most of the colours in their space are neutral and earthy tones- so adding this pop of vibrance to the garden creates a bright and jolly focal point all year round.
If you ask me, it’s even got a shot at Shed of the Year. What do you think? Would you choose a bold paint job like this for your own shed?
This project was sponsored by B&Q with all materials available at DIY.com.
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