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How to give your shed a makeover

If your garden shed is stuffed full of items you rarely use, and finding the mower involves a battle with old spades, broken pots and punctured paddling pools, it may be time to think about giving this unloved area of your garden a makeover. With the few simple changes suggested below, you can give even the most modest shed a summer house vibe.

Commit to a clear out

Take everything out of your shed and only keep items you use regularly. Be prepared to be ruthless. Divide your contents into smaller items that can be stored on shelves, flatter items that can be put on hooks and larger items that need floor space. This should help determine how much shelving you’re going to need.

Maximise storage with shelving

Whether you opt for fixed bracket shelving or a ready-made unit, you’ll find that even the tiniest shed’s storage capacity increases hugely once you utilise the wall space. Hooks can be great for hanging tools, and many mowers can be wall mounted on brackets.

Paint inside and outside

With a wealth of colours available in paint specifically designed for fencing and outdoor wood, it’s relatively easy to spruce up the outside of your shed. If you can, go the extra mile and paint the inside white to bring in light and create a fresher, cleaner feel.

Finishing touches

Try adding bunting around the roof apex, attaching a bird house to side panel or hanging quirky signs on the door handle. Once you add a couple of pretty planters by the doorway and set up your Outback reclining chairs, you’ll have elevated your humble garden shed to a charming garden feature you’ll enjoy for years to come.

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