Many Vermont properties have outbuildings built for practical reasons such as garden tools, animal supplies, whatever. They certainly add to the charm of the landscape. Our shed is fairly simple and probably not really very old, maybe 20-25 years. But I have big plans for this one.
Along with everything else on our small property, this shed needed some work. Peeling paint, messy windows, random hooks all over. Fortunately, the roof is in good shape and it is built on a concrete slab which is intact, although cracked inside. A good coat of paint was all it needed. We decided to save some money and do this one ourselves. It took about 7 hours – one beautiful, sunny, not humid VT day.
We decided to go with something besides white. Thanks to Benjamin Moore -again – we found the perfect historic color “Puritan Gray”. Also, the product is a parimer and paint in one, seriously cutting down the steps. H was in charge of the clapboard, I did the trim in bright white.
Now, I know the rustic, distressed look is in. As I was working on the windows I contemplatd leaving them rough. However, it is not really good for the wood which needs to be protected or it will rot. So on went the paint and some caulk to seal the windows (a fun job with a caulk gun).
The door, however, was left alone. The chipped and peeling paint is just plain charming and as a nod to its history, I decided to leave it as is, for now.
The only question remaining is, do we rehang the (very rusty) horseshoe? Comments are welcome.
As for the interior, the plan is to clean it up and turn it into something more. We need to gear up for that, as it’s going to be a big project. Stay tuned…