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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Garden Shed Fresh Paint

Tuesday, July 10, 2018


G A R D E N   S H E D   F R E S H   P A I N T 

and a new exterior light fixture 


The garden shed, known affectionately as the Jardin Château by my family, needed some fresh paint after braving the first six winters of its new life. 

The beautiful little Jardin Château is home to my French Country Christmas Event each December, and you have seen lots of pretty pictures of it decked out in its finest. 

Today you are getting to see real life and how to deal with it so the little shed will continue to be beautiful for many more years. 



garden shed before fresh paint
The French doors were looking a little shabby due to their paint exposed to the elements. 

Plus, the fascia board above the front French doors was suffering from moisture damage and beginning to look a little moldy. 


G A R D E N   S H E D   F R E S H   P A I N T 


Shabby chic may be beautiful in its own way,  but chipping paint on exterior doors leaves the doors open to serious damage. 

It was time for some fresh exterior paint before the wood started rotting and was damaged beyond repair. 





garden shed sanded wood before fresh paint
The first step was to sand both the door frames and the fascia boards. It was important to get all of the moldy spots removed before fresh paint could be applied. 



garden shed after fresh paint on french doors and fascia board
Fresh exterior blue paint sealed the fascia board and doors to keep moisture from soaking into the wood. Two coats of paint are better than one to make sure the surfaces are completely sealed and the color is vibrant. 



garden shed after fresh paint and metal flashing over fascia board
A second important step in protecting the fascia board from future water damage was installing metal flashing around the entire roof line. 



garden shed after fresh paint and metal flashing over fascia board
There was a small piece of flashing before, but a better flashing designed specifically to protect fascia boards from rain running off roofs was installed. The flashing is inexpensive and well worth the few dollars it cost. Local home improvement stores keep it in stock. 



N E W  E X T E R I O R  L I G H T   F I X T U R E  




garden shed after fresh paint with outdoor lantern lamp on post
There is a lamp post in the yard near the garden shed to provide lighting along the walkway from the shed to the house. 



garden shed after fresh paint with outdoor lantern lamp on post
Sometime this winter the lamp no longer worked even after replacing the light bulbs. 



garden shed after fresh paint with damaged outdoor lantern lamp on post
A master electrician did the electrical work in my master bathroom small vanity area update. While he was at the house, I had him check out the exterior lamp on the post and the wiring between the garden shed and the lamp post. 

Water damage was the culprit again. The base of the glass globe had rusted through and water shorted out the lamp. Plus there was a problem in the wiring between the shed and lamp. 



garden shed after fresh paint with new outdoor lantern lamp on post
I could not find the same light fixture to replace the old damaged  green one, but did find a similar black one from Home Depot and ordered it online. 



garden shed after fresh paint with new outdoor lantern lamp on post
While we did the garden shed paint refresh and metal flashing installation ourselves, we leave electrical work up to the pros to make sure everything is safe and meets required codes. 

The fixture is a little cattywampus which will be corrected.  

Fresh paint, new flashing, and a new exterior lamp were not major repairs, but sure make a difference in how everything looks. 

The garden shed feels like a Jardin Château once again. 


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S O U R C E S 

Angie's List has an article about Understanding Fascia and Soffit Repair. 

Black Post Lantern - Could not find again online 

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You may also like . . .

Garden Shed Summer View Part Two for peeks at how the interior was decorated for summer. 

Garden Shed Summer View Part One for peeks at the construction of the interior of the shed.  



13 comments:

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    1. Thanks, Penny. It is definitely a LABOR of love. :)

      Judith

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  2. You have the magic touch! I do want to get over to your home for your sell this Christmas if I can so I can see that shed in person.

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  3. Stacey,
    I am excited about my plans for this year's sale.... so many beautiful things.

    Jufith

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  4. Looks great. Maintenance happens. We have a list.....if only we could get the contractors lined up expeditiously!

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    1. Rita,
      Thanks. Getting contractors lined up and on schedule is a real feat! Good luck.

      Judith

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  5. Looks great and perfect color.

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    1. Betty,
      Thank you. I always think blue is the perfect color.

      Judith

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  6. Isn't paint magical? So pretty!

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    1. Kim,
      Agreed... paint is magical. Thank you.

      Judith

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  7. It looks great. I love a paint refresh. Thanks so much for sharing at Keep In Touch.

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