The garden shed is at the heart of the traditional English home and is a valuable resource for the home owner. To this end these garden sheds are revered and generally are very well looked after. But at the other end of the spectrum many garden sheds are left to their own devices which is a shame. By looking after your garden shed you can prolong its life which will save you money in the long run. You won't have to replace it before its time is up along with the added expense and the work involved in emptying out the shed and getting rid of the old one.
Many garden shed owners take a great deal of pride in looking after one of their best friends with regular treatments helping to keep the worse of our British weather at bay. My recommendation, from my experience of making garden sheds for over 39 years, is to use a good quality spirit or oil based preservative rather than the cheaper water based treatments available. The reason for this comes from my experience over all the years in this wonderful garden shed business. I've certainly come across all sorts of ideas, some good, but also some very bad. There is a trend also to make the shed look more glamorous these days by some people and by using some of the coloured treatments available you can have a attractive garden shed to look at. Whether you want a nice green colour to blend it or to have bright summery colours to cheer up the gardens then you can.
Only recently some celebrities were featured in the papers which what they had done to their sheds. Vic Reeves had designed and painted his garden shed which was based on the British museum. He is a true garden shed nut as he has 5 sheds in his garden, which is more than what I have. Other famous people includes Radio DJ Christian O'Connell, which I must confess have never heard of - the DJ's I used to listen to was Tony Blackburn and Jimmy Saville which might give my age away a little. Also featured was Sarah Beeney who has a pub themed garden shed, called the Kings Head, and can be visited by the public. However, I'm sure they won't be able to buy any intoxicating drink when they do.
Another way to alter the garden shed is what the Royal Opera House have done with a garden shed when they created a sensory area at a special school in Essex. The funding and the expertise for this garden shed project, which must be quite an unusual use for a shed, was provided by the Royal Opera House Creative Partnerships Programme (what a mouth full). A local artist joined forces with students and the teachers to create this area and this includes two garden sheds which have both been decorated.
The sheds were decorated in tactile ways so that the children can use their sensory skills to access them. By the right touch or feel they will get a reward through the use of sound or light. They hope that the success of this project will enable them to expand their shed village through donations of extra garden sheds. It's well established that outdoor buildings are being use more and more for artistic uses. Only recently a Wales based student decorated a garden shed with sequins for her university degree. What will they do next?