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Transform your hen house into a colourful garden feature – don’t be chicken about it.

Just because it’s a chook house doesn’t mean it needs to be frumpy. With a fresh coat of paint you can give your hen house a fabulous new look and inject a pop of cheery colour to a garden corner at the same time.

A painted hen house garden feature

Use Resene colours to add drama to an otherwise gloomy garden corner. Start with complementary greens and anchor these with a dark shade such as Resene Shark. Finish with potted colour – such as bright geraniums.

Resene Lumbersider is a great paint to use on outdoor timber, concrete and old paintwork, as it is designed to ensure maximum durability in exposed conditions. It is waterborne so easy to apply and creates a low sheen look that is totally washable.

You can first prime the surfaces or paint Resene Lumbersider on directly.

You will need

A colourful hen house

A colourful painted hen house

Step-by-step instructions

Step 1: Relocate any chickens to a temporary dwelling elsewhere.

Step 2: Thoroughly scrub and waterblast the hen house inside and out to remove any dirt or cobwebs.

Step 3: Once dry, paint the hen house using Resene Lumbersider in colours of your choice. I used Resene Good Life, Resene Limerick and Resene Leap Year for the house and inside the laying boxes. I used Resene Shark for the roof and the chook run’s timber frame.

Step 4: Paint your dye-cut sign and use nails or glue to attach.

Step 5: Return the chickens to their new home. Last one in is a rotten egg!

Hen house before painting

Painting a hen house

Painting a hen house 2


Hen house before and after painting

Quick chook tips and facts

Words and styling Sarah Heeringa. Photography Amanda Reelick.

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