Garden Room Renovation
This post is about the renovation of a garden room. We are not talking about a full on renovation, just a simple paint job to keep it maintained.
Garden rooms have become much more popular of date. With the introduction of people running their own business, or just simply working from home, a garden room is a cost effective way to do this.
The important thing Garden rooms are usually made up of timber and fully insulated with electricity and sometime running water. These are very much habital rooms, although they are classed as temporary buildings and therefore outside of planning permission
Therefore, these need to be maintained. This is where the garden room renovation comes into play. Timber does age in sunlight and keeping your garden outbuilding weather resistant, will keep your garden room looking great, whilst preserving the facade.
All timber needs a wash down, prior to treatment. The best way to do this is to use a power washer to take off the algae and grime. You will be surprised just how clean the whole thing comes up. This is an vital process which should not be skipped. Like all decorating, (if you have read some of my other posts), the preparation process is the most important.
Product selection again is important. I like using Tikkurila’s range of products. The Scandinavian’s should know a thing or two about how to preserve their timber buildings, due to their adverse weather conditions.
You could choose an oil based product like Sadolin or Osmo oil, but nowadays water borne products are good.
Are they better than oil?
Most people would say that oil are better and will last longer. Sometimes the problem with oil based is that they are not micro porous (allows the timber to breathe). This can cause cracking of the paint surface as water moisture is forced out through the coating. Oil based products are great for heavy traffic areas like floors. Using Coovar is a great example of this, but I’m getting off topic.
I opted to go for Tikkurila’s Vallti Plus Kesto due to the colours available to match the clients expectations. This is a water-bourne product, which is translucent in appearance. According to Tikkurila’s website , it doubles the maintenance period due to a new binder.
It’s easy to apply as long as you go through the preparation process. I was going to spray finish the garden room, but according to the data sheet, brushing is more effective. So I hand painted the whole thing.
Having the right tools also helps. I attached a brush holder to a small Purdy pole to save me from constantly going up and down steps. And I did each panel separately.
Brush holders can be purchased from most good decorating shops and can be life savers when trying to reach awkward areas. They thread onto the top of the Purdy short pole.
The Purdy Power Lock short pole (1ft to 2ft pole) is one of my best tools. Again, these can purchased from good decorating shops or bought online
This allowed me to reach the top and speeded me up without the use of steps. The lack of using steps also allowed me to keep brushing without getting ‘hesitation’ marks. hesitation marks are when you stop on the to timber and then it starts to dry off and then you overlap, leaving a darker, stained area
As you can see from the picture, there is a marked difference with just the first coat. With the first coat, the pre-washed timber has a tendency to ‘drink’ the first coat. This first coat seals the timber. The second coat produces the proper finish. This product is a semi-matt finish and has a weather protecting sheen.
The final coat achieves the finished look. It’s much easier to apply as it glides onto the previous coat and achieves that polished look.