Written by Becca Green

Easy DIY: garden shed to modern outdoor office

Wondering how to convert a garden shed into an office? Start with a great paint job. Follow this step-by-step guide by the wood paint experts at Cuprinol…

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Unlock the full potential of your garden as a place to work and create with this clever project using Cuprinol garden fence paint. This project is also a great way to use up leftover paint you have lying around from previous projects.

What you’ll need

  • 1L tin of whatever Cuprinol Garden Shades colour you have (Honey Mango was used in this project)
  • 50ml of a different Cuprinol Garden Shades colour (Black Ash was used in this project)
  • Spirit level
  • Masking tape
  • Small foam roller and tray
  • 1 x 2″ paintbrush

Step 1

Using a spirit level, mark a square on the wall (approx 100cm) and tape around the edge. Make sure the tape is firmly pressed into any grooves to enable you to paint crisp lines.

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Step 2

Fill the square with 2 coats of your main Cuprinol Garden shades colour and allow to dry

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Step 3

Mask off a smaller square inside the painted area to create a border.

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Step 4

Fill the border with a different Cuprinol Garden Shades paint and allow to dry.

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Step 5

Remove the tape and touch up any mistakes with a small artist’s brush.

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For further guidance, watch the ‘how to convert a shed into a garden office’ video below:


Perfect your set up

The next step is to get yourself a good set up. Start with a good desk – check out the Good Homes best desk buys here – and add an ergonomic swivel chair to keep your spine in good nick – find recommendations for the best swivel chairs here.

Of course, none of this is any good without a power source and wifi. How do you stay connected at the bottom of the garden? Peter Mortin, national sales manager at Crane Garden Buildings, shares his expert advice on getting hooked up over at our sister site, granddesignsmagazine.com.


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