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Discussion in 'General Gardening Discussion' started by biker, Jun 5, 2008.

  1. biker

    biker Apprentice Gardener

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    Ummmm, have just bought a new shed and will assemble it on the weekend as part of my complete garden renovation.
    It has a neutral base coat of preservative but I'm going to give it another good one for good measure. Trouble is I'm not sure about colour. New shed is much bigger about 8x6 than old tiny shed. I'm wondering about 'playing is safe' and going for a honey pine/light brown colour or a bit more adventurous darkish vy green! My style of garden is lots of greenery with intermittent flourishes of blooms (I hope!) rather than lots and lots of colourful blooms year round.

    Anyone have some shed pics so I can see how the colours fit in?

    My shed will go just to the right on this photo ...

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  2. JarBax

    JarBax Apprentice Gardener

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    My shed is quite a dark green which I really like as it tones in well with the garden. If I wanted it to be a feature, I would paint it duck-egg blue with cream trim. I plant silver leaved plants and white flowers nearby - the sagey shed shade compliments this scheme well.

    Not a great pic, and it does need re-painting, but gives you an idea of the colour:

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    The redish-brown wall behind is my neighbour's 'shed' which is actually a garage tree workshop. I really dislike the colour, but am used to it now. it is sort of similar to the red sandstone of the local buildings.

    A fritillary with the green shed backdrop:
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  3. biker

    biker Apprentice Gardener

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    Yes JarBax that's the kind of colour I was think of with mine. Can you remember what green it is? There are so many it seems. I have a nice Arundinaria Bimbo quite close to it which I think will look good with the green shed.
     
  4. JarBax

    JarBax Apprentice Gardener

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    Give me a moment whilst I dash out to the shed (where I keep the paint)...
     
  5. JarBax

    JarBax Apprentice Gardener

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    ...it's a Cuprinol one called 'Forest Green'. Could've sworn it was called 'sage' or something! (shows how long it's been since I painted it! :)
     
  6. borrowers

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    My input is 'Blue' & I can hear the shouts of 'yuk' from here. My fence (only one end of the garden) is blue, a few wheelbarrow planters are blue & I've just painted some logroll blue!

    I do like green too.

    Let us know what you decide.
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  7. Pro Gard

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    Use the green cuprinol do.
     
  8. Helofadigger

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    I don't like to play safe at all in the garden I tend to go for crazy colours because lets face it the garden is your own personal space and should be an extension of your personality, if you like wacky colours go for it after all you're the one that has to put up with it! :D.Hel.xxx.
     
  9. ballinran

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    We've a couple of wooden buildings in our garden.

    Neither is a shed in the traditional sense of the word - one is a summerhouse and another is used as an office, so we didn't want the "traditional" shades of brown, but we didn't want really "out there" shades either.

    The summerhouse is Cuprinol Sea Grass

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    and the office is Cuprinol Country Cream

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  10. Rosiemongrel

    Rosiemongrel Apprentice Gardener

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    Mine is painted in a sagey green from Cuprinol (from the Heritage Colours range, not quite sure what the name was), with a white trim.

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    (excuse the mess, that area was still a work in progress a few weeks ago!)

    I wanted it to look a bit like a beach hut at Southwold lol! I like the country cream one in the previous picture though. My fence is painted with Cuprinol's Forest Green (it's been given a second coat since that picture was taken and it looks much darker than on the photo). I think if you're going to spend good money on a shed, you might as well try to make it an attractive feature, rather than make it blend into the background. But that's probably just me!
     
  11. accidentalgardener

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    I like the mid oak colour you can get from homebase, i haven't painted the shed yet but have done the fence panels so will post a pic of one of those, it's a very clean colour and sets of colour very well :D
     
  12. biker

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    Well, got the shed up today without the roof so far!
    I think I've decided on Woodland Green which is a semi-transparent stain/preservative to give it a natural look (I hope!).
    Have done the back and side both of which can't be seen from the garden as a test.
    Not sure the colour comes out well but here is a contrast. Roof going on tomorow as it's supposed to be a nice sunny day in London.

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  13. JarBax

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    Good choice biker, I think that will 'bed it in' to your newly improved garden beautifully! Good luck with getting the roof on!
     
  14. mojo

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    Hi, i have painted my shed a rather strange blue , but it does match the rabbits hutch,when i can work out how to put a picture on i will do so, Mojo,
     
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    Mine's similar to bllinran's. It was 'willow' from the cuprinol shades range. All the fences are painted the same colour too so it's to blend it in really. It would be great to have a nice shed and paint it as a feature with white trim [sigh]
     
  16. borrowers

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    Daisy, i sigh with you:). I don't even have a shed, just an old shingle covered garage in the garden. Painting everything blue cos i like it & we got it cheap a couple of years ago!

    Everyone to their own I say.

    Let us see when it's all painted.

    cheers
     
  17. gingernutsman

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    I think that blue is a good colour to show off greenery. Green just hides the foliage of most plants and in my humble opinion, blue is a good foil. G.man

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    This is Twylight Blue from Focus' own range and they also do Forest Green a lot cheaper than Cuprinol.
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  18. plantlife

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    I really like those green colours you guys have, I left mine plain. Now I want to paint it! Couldn't be a better time to do it I suppose :)
     
  19. biker

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    Well I do like that blue a lot ginger and the creamy one too - but they are all nice and fit to each's garden.
    Here are a few of my green shed, not sure the colour comes out well, it's called Woodland Green by Wickes. I've only used one coat as I like the lived in look, but a a second coat I did on a test area on the rear of the shed was darker. Sadly the ferns and the rhubarb got a bit trampled on during construction.

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  20. JarBax

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    That looks great biker, I really like it and it looks like it's always been there! Your garden looks so much better than the first pics you posted, good work!
     
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