Looking for some easy garden shed decorations for your plastic outdoor shed? Here’s the before and after painted garden shed.

These are easy ideas for decorating a garden shed that is on the outside of the house or building. Learn about other shed decorations, such as a side awning for the window, metal urns for the front and a new painted finish.

shed decorations before

This garden shed was tucked away in the corner of the back yard.

We inherited it from the previous owners.

It’s actually super useful and holds tons of tools and is perfect to hold all the tools and garden equipment.

Eventually, we want to build a garage on the other side of the property that doubles as a workshop/office for me where I can hold workshops and classes. Then the goal is to turn the current carport into a back porch.

Right now those plans are waiting for me to win the lottery.

Or until we get children through college.



And so for now, we have our not-cute garden shed. But really? All it needed were some simple garden shed decorating ideas.

garden shed decorating ideas before

Here’s a picture of it far away so you can get the idea of how it fits into the back yard.

We’ve painted the fence since this picture.

You can see that here.

But when you give a mouse a cookie there’s always more. There’s always another project that needs to be done.

Somehow, someway, the white fence made the garden shed EVEN BROWNER. That poor little shed was PITIFUL. It needed help. It needed a makeover. It needed the football captain to come along and ask it to Homecoming.

So we painted the shed.

And now?

shed decorations after

shed decorations leaf garland

shed decorations pumpkins

shed decorations doorway

Easy Shed Decorations For Plastic Outdoor Shed

1. paint it

When looking for simple garden shed decorating ideas–paint is your friend.  Because after we painted it? It looks LIKE THIS.

Here’s the after.

I seriously cannot get enough of the before and after on this tiny house that is LIVING LARGE.

After we painted it, I totally forgot about how the before looked until I went back and looked at the photos.

In happy news, it was so much easier to paint than we thought it would be.

No worries.

Because we had this.

The Wagner Flexio Paint Sprayer.

We painted the shed (and the roof) in a day.

2. clean the shed

Before we painted the shed we washed it down.

Have you ever noticed that sometimes things are so much dirtier than you even realize?

This took almost as much time as painting it because we had to scrub off years and years and years of grime and we still couldn’t get it all off.

We let the shed dry in the sun (which in Texas took two minutes).

And then?

It was time to paint.

garden shed decorating ideas sprayer

One of my favorite things about the Wagner Flexio Paint Sprayer is the control nozzle.

garden shed decorating ideas painting shed

It lets you easily adjust the amount of spray that comes out of the sprayer at any one time.

You can start with it adjusted to zero and then turn it up depending on the amount of spray that you need.

You can also adjust whether you want the spray to come out vertically or horizontally by turning the dial on the front of the sprayer.

It’s so easy to use, too.

You just fill up the container with paint and screw it into the paint sprayer.

No messy tubes or trying to connect with paint cans.

Just add paint and go.

3. add the first coat

It has great coverage, too.

You can see the before and after here. We used exterior paint from Sherwin-Williams to paint the garden shed. It’s Sherwin-Williams Emerald Exterior Acrylic Latex paint and the color is SW 7006 Extra White.

This is just one coat of paint on the garden shed.

shed decorations planters

shed decorations iron urns

4. Add second coat if needed and decorate the outside

A few other simple garden shed decorating ideas?

  1. Add decorative urns to the sides
  2. Add a striped awning to the window
  3. Landscape the sides of the shed
  4. Add wreaths to the doors
  5. Get creative and make it your own

And now? Here’s one more before.

And one more after.

I seriously cannot say enough wonderful things about the Wagner Flexio Paint Sprayer.

The garden shed is so much happier and prettier now and blends in with the fence and the back yard so much better.

We are even thinking about adding some stone pavers around it where there’s dirt and making an outdoor dining area.

The backyard is happy.

The garden shed is finished.

That was a serious makeover with a little paint that turned out so much cuter than I even imagined.

And now?

She’s ready for the homecoming dance.

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  1. Image for Carole West Carole West

    Excellent makeover, didn't realize you could paint those buildings. It adds greatvalue because it fits your outdoor space perfectly now. Garden sheds are so great for hiding clutter. Hope you have a great week.

  2. Image for GabiP GabiP

    It didn’t seemed like it needed a transformation and then you did this and wow! The shed looks great! I would have fun decorating just for the Ho,idays! LOL!

  3. Image for Karen Karen

    Is the shed vinyl and did you have to do any special prep for the paint to adhere with no problem? Looks fantastic!

  4. Image for Barbara Schneider Barbara Schneider

    Love this post and love this product. Yay! Can you do a post on how to make that cute valance/curtain thing you put on the shed? Would love to know how to make one of those.

  5. Image for Tracy Tracy

    Oh my gosh......you hit it out of the ballpark on this project!!!!!! Amazing as usual. It looks fabulous. Boo hoo I can't find any real pumpkins yet. Great job!

  6. Image for Sevahn Sevahn

    How charming! My neighbors have sheds that need upgrading. I will volunteer to bring the pumpkins over to them haha! So adorable. Before and after photos inspire us to get ready for the upcoming festive season.

  7. Image for Sharon Sharon

    My question is the same as Karen’s. If the shed is vinyl, some paints will peel off in sheets. Do you need to do anything to prep the surface or use a certain paint type? What a wonderful transformation! The little awning is the crowning touch!

  8. Image for jillian jillian

    Very cute. I like gravel areas in place like that too. With a brick or stone edging for boundaries. They look so nice for table etc.


    Love it and we will be painting our trashcan storage area after seeing this. I was worried the cold New England winters would cause the paint to lift-worth a try!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Image for Beth Y Beth Y

    I love this!!! It makes me want to write on a chalkboard and drink a PSL!! Lol!!! Just like I tell myself when I take the time to put on makeup, it is amazing what a little warpaint will do!!!! It looks like a quaint tool cottage now!! Love it, as usual!!!

  11. Image for Marlene Stephenson Marlene Stephenson

    It is so cute, almost too cute for old tools. it needs some cute curtains and a cute rocking chair, lol!! Thanks about the sprayer, been wondering about one.

  12. Image for Jenn Jenn

    Much improved! I love a good paint sprayer! I thought of you the other day when I looked at my little ones playhouse. One of those Little Tykes ones...I remembered you doing a makeover with paint on one of those! I am considering it, but it's kind of low on the old to-do list!

  13. Image for Jolyn Jolyn

    "Right now those plans are waiting for me to win the lottery. Or until we get children through college." GIRLFRIEND... I feel your pain. Can you imagine the boost to the budget when that day comes? Love the shed! Looks fab!

  14. Image for PJ PJ

    Very nice makeover and the window awning is the 'red lipstick' finishing the look. We have one of those awful rusted metal ones and I'm wondering what can be done to help it.

  15. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    WOWZA!!!!! Cannot believe how cute it is now. I really think the wee awning made it fabulous, too. BTW- I laugh out loud EVERY single time you say "we" when there's a pic of your wonderful hard-working hubs in the photos. Yes, haha, we can see clearly through that "we" bit, lol. ♥♥ Well done, KA - looks really amazing. So are good paint sprayers! : - )

  16. Image for Barbara Barbara

    Adorable!!! Another place for you to decorate:) I've heard great things about that sprayer, so good to hear from you! Yes, that mouse always wants more:):)

  17. Image for Rosanna Rosanna

    And..,if you would add stone pavers and a seating area;it would totally take this beauty to the homecoming dance n have her crowned queen!!!!!!! Well,at least in my opinion!!!!!!!!!

  18. Image for Jeanne Jeanne

    Wow! And the awning adds so much! And now you have another spot for seasonal decorating... love your fall look!

  19. Image for bj bj

    i couldn't keep from giggling at you decorating a tool shed....it does look cute...you almost have a She Shed now. Great job....

  20. Image for Jo Jo

    The striped awning is a terrific addition! I plan to go purchase a Wagoner sprayer...could use it so often. Thanks!!

  21. Image for Sharon H Sharon H

    Miz karianne, only you could do that shed decorating justice! We've been talking about a paint sprayer. Now that I'm armed with good info all I gotta do is find time to use one.

  22. Image for Jennifer Lopez Jennifer Lopez

    Seriously need to know where to get that adorable little awning, as I have an ugly-duckling she’d problem, too! ❤️❤️❤️

  23. Image for Laura Harrie Laura Harrie

    KariAnne, You gave your gardening shed a whole new life! Who would have thought to add an awning to a shed window! You make the ordinary into an amazing outdoor building! You did it again, just the best.

  24. Image for Lucy Lucy

    You probably get this all the time, but when I click on your posts, it is like a little blast of sunshine. And I LOVE your choice of features, and your chatty, friendly tone, and it’s just nice. So, thank you very much.

  25. Image for PJ PJ

    That cute striped awning is the perfect finishing touch. I vote YES to creating a stone or brick paved area for seating.

  26. Image for Leslie Watkins Leslie Watkins

    This is such a happy transformation! I love the awning! And I’m ready to drive to Texas for classes when the new building gets built!! 😊

  27. Image for Carrie Carrie

    of course it is amazing....and YES to the details of that little awning....it is like a little sweet kiss on the cheek for the Homecoming QUEEN.. a cherry on a vanilla milkshake.....well done!!

  28. Image for Krsitin Krsitin

    Yes! Yes! Yes! This is fabulous!! What a dream! It looks amazing all dressed up for Fall and I love what painting the fence white did too! All so fresh and beautiful!!

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