Fashion designers Eley Kishimoto want to love & brighten up your shed

The husband and wife duo behind the fashion house, Eley Kishimoto, have taken time out of their busy schedule to brighten up Britain’s gardens with Cuprinol’s new range of garden paint

Shed of the Year sponsors, Cuprinol, scoured the nation to find the UK’s oldest and most dilapidated shed and commissioned the fashion duo to renovate it by adding their style along with some colour.

After finding more than one shed that could do with a make-over, Cuprinol is now opening a nationwide competition searching for the shed most in need of love, giving the winning shed a total transformation by Eley Kishimoto. The dynamic duo will redesign the nations saddest shed using Cuprinol’s colourful garden shades range and turn it into something they believe to be the ultimate garden sanctuary.

The bespoke shed took Eley Kishimoto three months to create from design stage to completion and can now be dubbed the UK’s most fashionable shed after being given a new lease of life.

Mark Eley of Eley Kishimoto said, “I spent many days of my childhood in my grandfathers shed. A shed is a real British institution and it was great to bring in our team to put our own specialised print on this sad shed and add some personality and colour. Our pattern combined with some of the new colours in the Cuprinol Garden Shades range makes for a perfect fashionable shed”

The Posy Ivy print, which covers this shed, was originally designed by Eley Kishimoto for their Spring Summer 2012 Collection.

Kate Wilson was given the shed by a 94 year old friend with neither owner knowing when it was built, or even who built it.

Kate said, “The roof was leaking, the walls rotting and the slightest breeze would send the whole structure shaking. I am delighted that my dilapidated shed was chosen as one of the ‘UK’s worst sheds’ and that it has been given a new lease of life. I look forward to seeing whether someone else can trump me with their own shed!”

On the new design of her shed Kate said, “The new colours from Cuprinol that Eley Kishimoto chose are absolutely terrific – you certainly can’t miss it. I can’t wait to invite my friends down to my allotment to show off my shed.”

Cuprinol Marketing Manager, Kathryn Ledson said: “Sheds are becoming more and more popular as places where people can get away from the world for some ‘me time’. Commissioning Eley Kishimoto to create this amazing sanctuary has been fantastic, and really proves that Cuprinol colours can help you bring out the best in your garden, even with arguably the UK’s worst shed. Hopefully this will inspire Brits to cheer up their gardens.”

To enter your shed to be designed by Eley Kishimoto, visit the Cuprinol Facebook page for further details on how to enter, or email [email protected] with images of your shed that is need of some love, along with your name, location and a brief explanation of why you should win

* Entries for Shed of the Year 2013 are open now and can be submitted at
* Entries for Shed of the Year 2013 will close on 3rd May 2013. This will be followed by a public vote
* Winners will be announced during National Shed Week (which starts on the 1st July 2013)
* The Shed of the Year 2013 judging panel includes: Sarah Beeny , Alex Johnson from shedworking, Shed of the year 2012 Winner John Plumridge and Shed of the Year founder Uncle Wilco
* Cuprinol is a leader in the garden wood care sector and has been protecting and preserving wood for over 75 years offering a quick and easy way to inject colour and personality in any space
* For products to treat, protect and add colour to your sheds, fences, decking, garden furniture and other garden wood visit

By Andrew Wilcox

I love sheds Founder & judge of Shed of the year - Wilco writes mainly about sheds. About the blog Enter your shed into #shedoftheyear