Repainting an old shed like this can give it a new lease of life.

Regardless of what you use your shed for, keeping the wood protected is imperative (unless you’re not fussed about it’s longevity).

The best way to make sure sheds are protected from the weather is to apply treatment before the building is constructed. This way it will not suffer any damage before treatment takes place. 

Take a look at the best ways to treat your garden building.


Staining your shed is similar to painting it, but whereas paint covers the wood, stain soaks into the wood and exaggerates the natural grain of the wood. Stain usually comes in natural colours such as brown and beige, whereas paint can come in any colour. Stain soaks into the wood, whereas paint rests on top of it.

Using stain can protect your shed against the hot weather. If you are planning to opt for stain, we recommend darker colours as they provide better protection due to their extra pigmentation.

Lighter-tone stains can be prone to fading in the sun. When it comes to staining, you can stain the interior of your shed to prevent moisture from building up. If you’re getting a new shed, it’s better to to do this to individual panels before you construct the shed.

Wood Preservatives

Water is the common garden shed’s arch nemesis. Water ingress can lead to the growth of mould and mildew, as well as encourage fungal growth and insects. If this is something your shed’s been subject to, applying wood preservative can be the best solution. You can buy water or oil based treatments from any local hardware shop. Like stain, they can be simply applied using a brush. Make sure you get into all the nooks and crannies!

Wood preservative does an excellent job at keeping the shed protected from insects, rot decay and water ingress.

Pressure Treatment

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A home garden office like this can transform your working life.
  • Summer House – Everybody needs a spot for their creature comforts, and a summer house can be your go-to relaxation haven.
  • Home Gym  – Converting your shed into your gym is a really practical and beneficial way to keep your fitness regime going from the comfort and convenience of your home.
  • Garden Office – If  a hectic household is putting you off work, converting your shed into a garden office is the perfect solution!
  • Music Room – Convert your shed into a room that provides an ideal place to rehearse and play music. You can fill it out with space to hang guitars, store drum kits and more.
  • Art Studio – It’d be a dream come true for most art enthusiasts to have their own studio. If you’re one of them, and you own a shed, you know what to do!
  • Home Cinema – A home cinema is a place the whole family can enjoy. So why not transform your old shed into a spot to watch all your favourite films?
  • Workshop – A shed is the perfect place for DIY enthusiasts, giving you enough space to both store equipment and get on wit work.
  • Home Library – Setting up a library in your garden shed is a fantastic solution to a lack of space at home for your books.
  • Bar ShedOne of our favourites. A shed bar – the ideal place for you to flaunt your bartending skills and the perfect excuse to invite your friends over for a drink. What’s not to love?
  • Pet House –  A repurposed shed can be the perfect solution to a lack of space, and a great excuse to give your furry friends a home of their own.


Having an old shed just sitting in your back garden is a wasted potential. Let alone overlooking the garden building during the cold winter months. We hope these ideas will help you find ways to breathe new life into your shed.