In our old house we had a children's play house that we used as a shed, bike store, etc, as the actual shed was missing a side panel and had to be torn down. So I am absolutely delighted that our new house has a shed, greenhouse, garage and a Summer house. A Summer house that can be used exclusively as a Summer house because the bikes are in the garage, the lawn mower and gardening tools in the shed and the potting bench is in the greenhouse! A pretty summer house that I can decorate inside and out, my very own little den, workshop or cabin! But first things first...
As we moved in to our new house in September, just as the weather turned rainy, windy, and chilly, I decided that the first thing I needed to do with my new Summer house was to protect it for the Winter with a lick of paint. But before I could even think about painting it, I had to get it clean and dry. I started by trimming the plants growing around it, removing the ivy growing up the sides and clearing up all the grass cuttings that were piled at the sides. Next I removed the strips of mismatched carpet from the inside and took down the wallpaper and thumb tacks that were scattered about the walls. I opened the door on sunny days to allow it to dry out as it had got a little damp where the carpet had been. Then, being the scaredy cat I am, I took my vacuum cleaner in to the summer house to remove the old cobwebs and get it super clean. The windows were given a good clean inside and out and I removed all the door hardware and hanging planter hooks.
I really wanted to paint the Summer house with a splash of long-lasting Ronseal Woodland Trust Colours which transform and protect garden wood. Inspired by the UK woodlands, each colour is wax enriched for maximum water repellency, guaranteed to protect garden wood whatever the weather with added UV filters that prevent greying and maintains colour for longer.
I wrote to Ronseal to tell them about my project and they kindly offered to supply me with the paint. I chose White Ash for the main colour which is a lovely warm white colour that has a perfect matt, subtle finish that is neither glossy nor brilliant white. To add interest and for a more hard wearing colour on the floor I chose Wood Sage, a pretty blue green colour.
I patiently waited for a dry day so I could start painting. The paint dries in a hour and half, so I was able to get all three coats on the outside done in a day. The inside took longer to paint as I had the fiddly task of just painting the walls white and getting in all the nooks and crannies. I also decided to paint the under side of the roof white inside and out to match the wall colours which has made it so much lighter. I carefully painted all the internal beams and floor in the wood sage colour. Replaced the light pendant with a new one as the old one was very dirty and no amount of careful cleaning was going to get it looking good. I spray painted the door hardware, hanging basket brackets and my new bulk light in a pretty shade of blue lilac using PlastiKote Outdoor which is the first spray paint to be designed specifically for use outdoors on virtually any surface. Gave the windows another good clean and had my new external light installed as the old one was broken beyond all repair.
I love how it has turned out, it is so bright clean and so much more of a welcoming space and thanks to Ronseal, is now ready to take on the English winter weather! I now can't wait to start designing the inside, I am thinking of making blinds for the windows, finding or making a lampshade for the interior light and getting some shelves and pictures up on the walls. Might be best to wait for the Spring...
To see all the before and after photos of my Summer House check out my Facebook page, photo album Summer House - A Transformation
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Have a sweet day!