Susan Martin, the Home & Style editor of the Buffalo News, wrote a recent piece “Outdoor paint projects: There’s no stopping creative people,” featuring painted projects in gardens, for her readers (including my shed and a mention of my book!). Inspired by that, I collected photos of some unique painted projects I’ve found in gardens over the years.
Skills, or no skills, you can do this!
Some of the projects shown are elaborate, like the interior of my garden shed. Hundreds of old fence pickets painted, stained or dry-rubbed with leftover paints – blanketing the walls like wallpaper. I can’t see too many people being dumb enough to do a project like that.
The beauty of her article, and many of the projects shown below, is that some require nominal painting skills (like painting a foam wig stand) – all you need is some paint, a brush and some gumption.
How I approach painting projects
In my own garden, I use the colors from my house – for two reasons. It helps make the garden feel like a planned cohesive, coordinated whole, and, I already had leftover paints from past house paintings (and I am cheap!). For my shed interior, I used paints left over from room renovations done in the house.
Is there something I can find for you?
Whatever it is, I may have it in my 70,000+ photos! Let me know – leave a comment. Here are other garden features I’ve assembled from my photo collection.
- Garden Gathering Spaces
- Boxwoods in Front Yard Gardens
- Gardeners Make Great Swingers
- Bridging Gardens
- Gardeners Should be behind bars
- Have a Seat – Garden Benches
- Garden Curtain Calls
- Fabulous Fence Finds
- DIY Fountains
- Steps and Stairs in Gardens
- Backyard Pergola and Gazebo Ideas
- Little Garden Touches
- Heaven-sent Hellstrips
- Curio Walls in Gardens