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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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  1. Finally painted our vinyl siding, it was faded and aged “Tan”, now Sherwin Williams “Inky Blue ” with bright White shutters, gutters and soffits. It’s been 3 full seasons of Midwest weather and holding up great. You have to paint under the part where the siding overlaps the next piece, because it slides when the sun heats it up, it exposes the old color. The “Inky Blue” is such a deep rich color. Lots of compliments!!!! Glad we did it.

    1. It’s held up perfectly! There is one small 1-inch spot that came off where we went a little too crazy with a high powered pressure washer, but other than that, no issues.

  2. Hi! Just wondering if the vinyl held up in the heat with the darker color? I have heard that you can only paint vinyl a shade or two darker than the original color. Interested to see if it warped?

    1. Yes, it’s held up great! It’s a special paint specifically for outdoor siding so we have had absolutely no problems so far.

  3. Hi! Great post! Curious how the paint on the siding is holding up? We love in upstate NY where winter conditions are pretty harsh at times. Would your recommend the SW vinyl safe paint still?

    1. Hi Claire! It’s held up perfectly! No issues at all as of yet. Although, we have extremely mild winters here. (One day of snow/ice this year and that’s it). So it’s hard for me to say for sure how it would fare in extreme winter conditions.

  4. Love the colour gray…our two story house is same colour as your former shed & I always want to paint our house in gray. Back of our house has full sun all day & wonder if it’s not a good idea to paint gray due fading over the years?

  5. Thank You, I was searching for exactly what you did!
    Pepper Shake vinyl safe paint with black shutters and white trim for my house.
    This looks amazing. Great job!

  6. “Just look at the pretty red, white, and blue flowers and pretend you don’t see those pool noodles in the window. ‘Kay? 😉” – HAHA. Lauren your posts are an absolute treat to read. I save them to read when I have a quiet moment and can savour the pure loveliness of them. 🙂

    1. We used the color Pepper Shake from the VinylSafe color line in a gallon of Sherwin Williams’s Emerald formula.)

  7. Ohmygosh Lauren!! This looks awesome! The siding on our home needs a desperate refresh! But I’d heard that it’s sketchy to paint vinyl. Although, someone chased a spider on our deck with spray paint and tagged the shutters and part of the siding and that paint will NOT come off so I figured there HAD to be a solution the could work! Haha! This unfortunately gives me ONE more home improvement project to add to my ever growing list!! Can’t wait to see the shed turned into the Snack shack!!!

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