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Gulf Coast Gardening: Transform an Old Shed on the Cheap

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Give an old shed a new look with paint, a section of picket fence, and a few potted plants. Lowe’s Gulf Coast garden contributor answers “The $100 Challenge.”

picket fence shed
the shed before

By Mary Glazer

My challenge was finally to do something about my ugly shed. With a thumbnail of a backyard, and the width of a 12-ft shed as the predominant view, there had to be a way to dress up the area.

Picket fence on cardboard

I’ve always liked the look of a white picket fence. My plan involved only four items: paint for the shed, a section of picket fence (to be used as a template), plastic pots, and some new plants.

Typical of many metal sheds mine’s original color is off-white. By using a darker color, and a compressor to spray the paint over the template, the end result was an artifact of a picket fence along the shed’s length. One idea was to trace the section of picket fence, and paint it.

paint can on table

Instead I turned the front of the fence toward the shed and, with one person holding it and another person using the paint sprayer, painted a fence section until the whole shed was completed.

pots by shed wall

Then, for a little finesse I bought some new plastic pots. I turned one of the pots upside down to serve as a pedestal while still echoing its twin.

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$100 Challenge Shed Video