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How to Paint Vinyl Siding & Pool Shed Makeover

The best solution for painting vinyl siding to make it last and an inexpensive exterior pool shed makeover.

We came, we saw, we busted out every money saving trick we could to conquer the pool shed.

UPDATE: See the final pool reveal here!

Pool shed vinyl siding before

And we showed it who’s BOSS!

painted vinyl siding pool shed - Sherwin Williams Pepper Shake in VinylSafe

Oooooooh aaaaaaaaaaah.

That beige vinyl siding couldn’t defeat us, y’all.  We might have lost 5 pounds in sweat painting this sucker, but it. was. worth. it!  The old beige stuck out like a sore thumb next to the new pool liner.

When I shared in my Instagram Stories during our before backyard tour that we were painting this vinyl siding, there were a few naysayers.  But I am here to tell you IT IS POSSIBLE TO PAINT VINYL SIDING! Can I get a hallelujah?!

I’m kind of a nerd and research home improvement methods to death before we start any project, so in my search for a solution, I discovered that Sherwin Williams carries a paint color line called VinylSafe.  It’s exactly as the name sounds.

Sherwin Williams Pepper Shake

You can use other regular ol’ exterior paints on vinyl siding too, but you’re usually limited to only paint a shade or two lighter or darker than the existing color because the sun can cause warping otherwise.

But with the VinylSafe color line, there are specific colors you can choose from that will not cause that issue.

This isn’t a sponsored post.  This isn’t an affiliate thing.  This is literally just me passing along something cool that I found in hopes that it could help some of y’all. 🙂  I’d want someone to do the same for me if it meant saving hundreds or thousands of dollars on home renovation.

(Okay, fine. I’ll put an affiliate link to our power washer and paint sprayer.  That cool? Full disclosure.)

Supplies Used:

  • Power washer
  • Large paint brush (or paint sprayer if you want the process to go even faster and/or you have a really large area to cover)
  • Simple Green Pressure Washer Detergent
  • Sherwin Williams VinylSafe paint (We used the color Pepper Shake from the VinylSafe color line in a gallon of Sherwin Williams’s Emerald formula.)
  • Wide putty knife or flat foam board for painting around edges/trim

The Steps:

1. It’s all pretty straight forward, but just in case you don’t know, be sure to follow the directions on the detergent and pour into your pressure washer.

How to paint vinyl siding

2. Spray down your vinyl siding with the detergent and then go back over your siding with 100% water in your pressure washer to rinse.

3.  Let your vinyl siding completely dry.

4. Then, apply the VinylSafe colored paint.  Robert decided to use a large paint brush for this, but if you prefer to, a paint sprayer would work well too.

5. To help paint around trim, hold the edge of a large putty knife up against it as you paint so that you don’t have to use painter’s tape.

The paint worked in one coat! Woot!

How to paint vinyl siding - Sherwin Williams Pepper Shake dark charcoal gray

Robert painted the trim and doors in Behr Ultra Pure White to match the trim on our main house, and we hung up these vinyl black shutters to make the shed look more polished.

How to paint vinyl siding & DIY window box from scrap wood | Sherwin Williams Pepper Shake charcoal gray exterior

For the window boxes, Robert built them out of scrap wood we already had from some old fencing.  Besides the actual flowers and plastic planter liner inside, they were totally free to make using materials we already had!

Pool shed makeover using VinylSafe paint for painting vinyl siding in Sherwin Williams VinylSafe + DIY window box using repurposed scrap wood

And we replaced the old door knobs with aged brass knobs on the two shed doors as well since they were rusty and loose.

All in all, we spent about $275 on this entire shed’s makeover for paint, shutters, window boxes, and door knobs.  Boom!

Not bad, huh?  It looks brand new!

Inexpensive pool shed makeover using vinyl siding paint in Sherwin Williams Pepper Shake + DIY window boxes made from repurposed scrap wood

For now, it houses all of our lawn equipment and pool floats and toys, but a few years in the future, we hope to turn it into a little snack shack / outdoor bar area.  That’s a story for another day though.

We won’t get into how chaotic the organization situation is inside, but we’ll save that for later too. Just look at the pretty red, white, and blue flowers and pretend you don’t see those pool noodles in the window. ‘Kay? 😉

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52 Comments

  1. Holy Cow!!!! Vinyl siding paint-that’s a game changer. We wanted to change the color of the house but new siding would be exorbitant; knowing it can be painted makes it within reach. Thanks so much for the tip.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing! Like others have said the vinyl siding on my house needs to be painted and I had no idea what I needed to do. Thanks!

  3. We painted our formerly faded yellow vinyl siding with the same paint (different shade of grey) about 5 years ago. It wasn’t a fun project, but the house looks so. much. better.

    1. Mel, wondering how the paint is holding up? We have the same faded yellow vinyl, but my husband is not convinced to paint it.

      Love the gray! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Your shed looks so pretty! I am a bit confused, however. You said you mixed a vinyl safe color into the Emerald paint. Wondering why you didn’t use the vinyl safe paint? Does the Emerald paint line have the same qualities that help it adhere well to vinyl siding? Just trying to understand the process😊thanks!

    1. They are two different things that work together to paint vinyl. Emerald is the type of paint and combines with the VinylSafe Paint colors for use on vinyl siding.

  5. Say, that looks Great!!! Been wanting to paint our vinyl siding and wondering if they even made paint that would work on vinyl. Thanks A Heap for all that research and hard work!!! Can’t wait to see what you all are doing next!!

  6. Looks great and makes me want to paint the siding on our house!! My husband would not be too happy about that I am guessing! Does look brand new!

  7. Great job, am living vicariously though you as you settle your new nest! From an Army wife who has moved 17 times!

    1. Awe, thank you. And, WOW!! I thank your husband for his service and you for the sacrifices made. I cannot wrap my mind around moving 17 times. Hugs to you!!

  8. Looks fantastic! You are guys great at DIY!!! There will be many fundays at the pool and the “pool house” adds to the view.

  9. The makeover is amazing! So fresh & cool looking. Great job…as always. Can’t wait to see what y’all do next!

  10. I am interested to see how long the paint lasts, especially in a darker color. Seems a bit ironic that people pick vinyl to avoid painting, but it fades and looks old eventually and paint can extend its lifespan a bit.

    You have to be careful with a pressure washer so that water is not forced behind the vinyl, especially around the windows and doors and trim. Old vinyl is brittle too. Turning the pressure down is safer, and it is always best if you can wash pointing down like a rainfall if you can.

  11. Nice job! Looks great! I have wanted to paint my house for a long time.Thank so much for the info.

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