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3-Day Shed Spruce Up

A quick shed staining project can build serious curb appeal

Whether it’s lovingly handcrafted or delivered prefab from the local outdoor store, your shed is a vital part of the place you call “home.” It might be a workshop, garden tool depot, man cave, or she shed. Whatever its function, that backyard structure reflects you and needs to look great and last for years to come. It’s perfect makeover material for a long summer weekend.

Your house’s mini-me
Sheds don’t often start out as mirrors of your home. But if your shed is visible to passersby consider giving your house and shed the same look. Choose a bold solid stain colour like California Rustic and mix it with a natural-looking clear stain colour like Clear On Pressure Treated Wood to make your home and shed a matched set.   

Weather warrior
Wait a minute … how old’s my shed again? Take every year of its age times four and think about how many seasons Old Reliable has weathered, from spring rains to blistering heat waves. Here’s a bright idea: Nourish those parched wood grains with stain. It will provide your shed with a durable weather shield so it can brave Mother Nature’s nastiest for many seasons to come.


A très chic she shed
The backyard shed isn’t just a place for boys and their toys. These days the shed can be a garden structure, art studio, or cozy reading nook for the woman of the house. Consider welcoming people to your backyard hideaway by staining the door and trim with Heritage Gray. To make that door pop, stain the individual panels with Navajo White. For the adjacent fence, choose clear, oil-based Olympic Deck, Fence, and Siding Stain to make sure the wood stays as beautiful as the shed beside it.

Backyard beach
After all the time and effort to get your pool ready for summer, you suddenly realize your pool shed isn’t ready for primetime. Well, luckily you have a three-day weekend ahead to remedy the situation! The last one in may be a rotten egg, but guests at your next pool party might not be so anxious to do a cannonball if they get to hang out by a shed stained with Faulkland mixed with Ginger Brown on the door and trim.

Make your man cave a classic
Your man cave is a lot more than a place to park the riding mower and power tools. It’s a statement to friends and neighbors. To keep your backyard castle looking and feeling like Camelot, give it a thorough once-over with Olympic Wood Protector Toner to maintain the grains—and to colour your neighbors with envy.


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