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How To Repaint A Doghouse

How To Repaint A Doghouse

By Sherwin-Williams
Photographs courtesy of Sherwin-Williams

Your dog may not notice, but a simple upgrade to the doghouse can make it stand out in a backyard full of greenery. Follow these instructions to revamp the doghouse with color and care.

Supplies For This Project

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1. Clean the surface with a bucket of soapy water and sponge to remove any dirt and oils before painting. Let dry.

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2. Sanding down the surface is essential to removing paint build up. Use a sanding block in circular motions to remove paint build up on the surface. Make sure to wipe off the excess dust once finished. We recommend using a damp rag.

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3. Use painter’s tape to protect the trim of the doghouse while working on the siding of the doghouse.

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4. Use a 2½” brush to apply Emerald Exterior Acrylic Latex Paint (Flyway SW 6794) to the edges of the main walls.

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5. Use a 4” mini roller to paint the remaining areas of the wall in the direction of the siding.

6. Remove tape and allow doghouse to dry.

7. Apply painter’s tape to the newly painted siding while working on the trim of the doghouse.

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8. Using a 4” mini roller, paint the trim of the doghouse. We used Emerald Exterior Acrylic Latex Paint (Flyway SW 6794). 

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9. Using a 2” brush, paint the edges and hard to reach areas. We used Emerald Exterior Acrylic Latex Paint (Pure White SW 7005). Finish painting the trim using a mini roller.

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10. Let dry, and both you and your dog can enjoy!

Before and after:

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WARNING! Removal of old paint by sanding, scraping or other means may generate dust or fumes that contain lead. Exposure to lead dust or fumes may cause brain damage or other adverse health effects, especially in children or pregnant women. Controlling exposure to lead or other hazardous substances requires the use of proper protective equipment, such as a properly fitted respirator (NIOSH approved) and proper containment and cleanup. For more information, call the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD (in US) or contact your local health authority.


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