Operation She Shed | #5 The Build {Painting The Interior}

Part 5 of Operation She Shed is all about painting the interior.

I said from the start that these posts weren’t going to be that sexy — and I wasn’t kidding — but in order to see the butterfly, you have to begin with a dull old chrysalis.

Or something like that.

Anyway. Just to put this post into context, we’d already boarded and insulated the shed — you can read about that here.

Because my She Shed is — as it’s name would suggest — a shed (and not a room in an actual house) we decided against having the walls professionally plastered.

But in order to tidy up the joins and all the screw holes in the plasterboard — and make it look half decent — I used plasterboard tape.

It’s like a wide mesh self-adhesive tape — perfect for reinforcing joints and repairing cracks in plasterboard. You stick it over the fissures and then can use a filler to smooth over the mesh.

This is the perfect solution if you’re not going to skim over the walls with plaster.

Once you’ve sanded it you can barely see where the joins once were, then you’re ready to paint.

I filled with my favourite filler. It’s called Toupret and is available from most trade centres; of all the fillers I’ve used over the years, this is the best I’ve come across. It was a recommendation from a professional painter and decorator — who used to live next door to us— and it’s amazing stuff. Once sanded back, you can get a really fantastic, smooth finish and when it’s painted it’s totally invisible.

Once this had been done, we gave the entire inside of the shed a lick of paint with Valspar Trade Matt Emulsion for Walls and Ceilings; would highly recommend this —  it was amazing quality — really thick — and the coverage was fantastic. Super opaque with barely the need for a second coat.

A good thing when you’ve got such a lot to do!

A Little Snapshot Of What We Did

Operation She Shed | Plasterboard tape over the joins

Platerboard tape over the joins.

Operation She Shed | Filling the joins

Mr TD getting stuck in with the filler

Operation She Shed

The filled plaster joins, before sanding

Operation She Shed | Painting the plasterboard

The first coats of paint going on!

Operation She Shed | Valspar Matt Trade Emulsion

Best paint we’ve used in a long time! Valspar Matt Trade Emulsion

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Starting to resemble a real room — rather than a garden shed

From Dreams to Reality

Incredible how different it looked once it had been painted.

No longer a shed but an actual solid room.

Needless to say, there was mucho celebrating once this part had been completed. After years of plotting and planning, in my head, I could really see what my She Shed was finally going to be like.

In real life.

I made a little film of our progress — pop and have a look if you’ve a spare coupe of minutes. It certainly shows a bit more of the scale of the building.

Enormous thanks to the fab team at B&Q for working with me on our ‘She-Shed’ project — and being so incredibly patient! Most of the supplies that we used to complete the shed build can be bought either online or in your local B&Q store.

This is a collaborative post but all thoughts, words and images — as ever — are entirely my own.

Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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  1. 6th June 2017 / 7:55 pm

    Really is starting to look brilliant! Can’t wait to see the finished product, I need me a she shed x

  2. 7th June 2017 / 8:50 pm

    It’s looking fab Caro, can’t wait to see the full reveal xx #homeetc

  3. 8th June 2017 / 7:28 am

    I love it!!!!! Need to go and have a cold shower now ;)
    Love the vlog! You have the cutest child labourer in the world :)
    Can’t wait for the next instalment. #HOMEETC

    • 9th July 2017 / 5:54 pm

      Haha!! Bless the boys — they were good as gold all last summer when we were working on the shed :)

  4. 8th June 2017 / 12:12 pm

    Ooh I can see I am lagging behind a little in this series. I need to go back to the beginning – cannot possibly come in at No 5!!! #HomeEtc

    • 21st June 2017 / 8:46 pm

      Haha!! It’s the slowest series ever!! You’ve probably seen them — but it was SO long ago, you’ve forgotten!! LOL!

  5. 8th June 2017 / 1:02 pm

    It’s really taking shape, so exciting! We used a valspar Pantone paint for part of our kitchen and it covered so well. Can’t wait to see the next stage of your she shed! Xx #HomeEtc

    • 21st June 2017 / 8:46 pm

      I’m so pleased with how it’s looking now — can’t wait to share it!!

  6. 8th June 2017 / 1:31 pm

    Oh my word it’s such a great space for you to work in! I have heard the Valspar paint is brilliant, must try it soon x #HomeEtc

    • 21st June 2017 / 7:29 pm

      SO good — am totally sold on the Valspar — it gives such a great finish x

  7. 8th June 2017 / 9:41 pm

    The She-Shed is really coming along, you are so nearly at the finish line! Bet you can’t wait haha! xx

    • 9th July 2017 / 7:05 pm

      Almost finished!!!! I can’t wait to share what it looks like now :)

  8. 11th June 2017 / 8:34 pm

    Ooh it’s really starting to come together, and it’s a much bigger space than I thought- I am super-envious! I love reading posts that show the process of a build/renovation even if they’re not deemed sexy, as it’s good to see what really goes into a project. Can’t wait to see the next stage! x

    • 9th July 2017 / 5:53 pm

      It’s the same size as the boys room (take a couple of feet either side). I filled that space when it was my office so it made sense to get something that was around the same size. I’ve got so much stuff — so happy we’ve got a big enough garden to accommodate it!! LOL!! xx

    • 9th July 2017 / 5:50 pm

      Aah I bet you wouldn’t!! It’s something I’ve done ever since I was a teen — I’ve always done painting and decorating. So nice to be able to make and do things yourself! :)

  9. 12th June 2017 / 8:48 pm

    woohoooo Caro looking good!

    I have a present for your shed just haven’t got around to posting it yet (as usual)
    bestest Ashley xx

    • 9th July 2017 / 5:49 pm

      Aaah bless you Ashley!!! That’s so kind of you!! I’m so chuffed with my little shed — it’s a bit of a mess at the mo — I can’t wait to sort it all out!!

  10. 12th June 2017 / 10:25 pm

    I am now fully up to date on all ‘she-shed’ progress. Well done you guys. That’s a huge project and you have an equally huge space there. How wonderful to see it coming together. Do we have a design in mind yet? #HomeEtc

    • 9th July 2017 / 5:47 pm

      Thanks Nicky!! It’s been a HUGE task — at times I wish we’d just got someone in but it’s been such a fun project. And yes and no — I think it will evolve over time!!

  11. Sian - The Mama Story
    12th June 2017 / 11:24 pm

    Looks like you guys are making good progress! And it’s impressive you are tackling this yourselves. Can’t wait to see the finished space.

    • 9th July 2017 / 5:46 pm

      Thanks so much Sian. It’s almost done — just got to try and collate all my film and pictures for my blog updates!!

  12. Kerry
    13th June 2017 / 10:52 am

    Yay! Now I want a she shed of my own. Totally with you on the quaility of Valspar paint too. I love their scrubbable ones xxx

    • 16th June 2017 / 11:55 am

      Aaah it literally the best thing ever!! And YES! The Valspar is brilliant. I’m a convert.

    • 19th June 2017 / 11:00 am

      I wish I had more time to put together the films and posts! This is the longest drawn out blog series EVER!! LOL!! xx

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