The Great Shed Garden Makeover

Once upon a time, my shed/ chicken coop used to be cute.  But then I messed with it, and then I wrote a book and I ignored it, and now I have a big fat mess.

Here is what it used to look like:

rochelle greayer studio 'g' garden studio g digitalis foxglove daylilies orange door.I was into orange like crazy, the foxgloves were happy, and I hadn’t yet given up on the bloom-less wisteria (it was replaced with a climbing hydrangea that hasn’t gotten tall enough yet to train over the door).

Last year I decided to paint the door to freshen things up and try something new. I opted for green and I will be the first to admit my mistake – it just didn’t have the magic I was going for. Green isn’t really the most exciting backdrop for garden plants and if you want to make a splash, you have to be a bit more brave. (shall we all agree to ignore the out of control weeds that took over and choked out my foxgloves while I sat inside writing?)
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So over the weekend I thought I’d try something new. I had high hopes for this lavender raisin sort of color, but once I got it on, I was shocked to see that it had no contrast to the rest of the dark brown shed and really just looks like a washed out version of siding. Yuck!

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Back to the drawing board!!!  I am so grateful to Sherwin Williams and their online tool to try out colors on a photo that you upload.
I plan to re-stain the shed — to make it true Black (this is happening to our whole house too) and I used the tool to darken up the dark brown to look more black so I could get a good contrast.
I also thought that maybe if I added some of the white paint that I have on hand I could save a few dollars and lighten the color I just bought to something a little more lavender/grey. I think it is better (see the left)….but still not bold enough.

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I’ve been toying with the idea of blue, so I edited out the lavender to try light blue (on the right) and I think I am finally on to something. Would you agree? Blue is better?  Am I the only one who struggles with this?  I am really wondering why I messed with a good thing! 

Now I just need to spend a day ripping out bunch of creeping charlie and the gooseneck loosestrife that has taken over. The dwarf mounding weeper that I have hated since we moved in is going to meet an untimely death by chainsaw and I think I am going to replace it with a few more pretty blue hydrangeas (my existing one took quite a beating this last winter but survived – you can see I still need to cut down the dead canes in the foreground).
You can hardly tell, but there are a couple of baby aspen trees in there and the foxglove simply needs to be reintroduced – I love it – and I think I will try white this time. This is going to take a little effort (and time), but now that I have the backdrop sorted out I think we can start to move forward…unless you have a better idea for a door color….because I obviously haven’t tried everything….yet. 😉

Sherwin Williams paint is available at Lowes. 

Images by rochelle greayer

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Lowes.  This is a series that I am doing through the end of the year.   I am not an employee of Lowes and all opinions are my own.  See the other posts in this series. 

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.

5 Comments

  1. [email protected] on June 9, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    I like the lavender the best and I think it could set off your flowers really well. For me the white trim isn’t really working with any of the colors. Maybe a contrasting trim, or matching the siding?

  2. commonweeder on June 11, 2014 at 9:04 am

    I like the blue best, but I agree about the white trim. Should it match the door?

  3. Lauren on June 11, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    I like the blue best, but I would REALLY like citron!

  4. [email protected] Trekker on June 11, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    I love the posts where you show your projects before and after…great ideas, really useful.

  5. Sharon on June 12, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    I would like a red door with the siding being so dark and sorry but I like the white trim.

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