Britains “worst” shed gets a makeover

During shed week this year – Shed of the year sponsors Cuprinol – ran a comp with designers Eley Kishimoto to pimp up someones shed – and on this all Hallows night you can look but don’t be too scared.

Of course I love all sheds – dilapidated or not – but the sheddie Audrey seems very happy about it and it does look fancy

BRITAIN’S SHABBIEST SHED GETS A CHIC MAKEOVER Courtesy of fashion designer duo Eley Kishimoto

An Essex shed has been named Britain’s worst shed, following a nationwide search by Shed of the Year sponsors, Cuprinol.

The shed owned by Audrey Bazley from Saffron Waldon, Essex was concealed by overgrown ivy, a caved-in roof with decaying debris piled high and spilling out the door. To breathe some life into this once loved shed, Cuprinol enlisted the help of top fashion duo, Eley Kishimoto to cheer up the outside of the shed, with a one-of-a-kind stylish makeover.

The decrepit shed has undergone a total transformation with Eley Kishimoto’s iconic ivy print surrounding the outside of the shed door and striking brightly coloured walls painted with Cuprinol Garden Shades.

The trendy shed now combines Audrey’s two passions – being outdoors and reading – as the inside has been transformed by Cuprinol into her dream reading retreat. The inside, houses specially made shelving units storing her large collection of novels, a comfy chair, cosy rug and chunky blankets to beat the autumn chill.

Audrey Bazley says: “I was over the moon to find out that I’d won. I’ve never won anything before in my life so to get a shed makeover from Eley Kishimoto was a dream come true! The upkeep of the garden was left to me when my husband passed away and being a big garden, I didn’t have the time to look after the shed. The fantastic bright Cuprinol colours are a total transformation from the rotten, ivy-covered shed it once was. I’m delighted to have my new reading room outside which will allow me to make the most of the outdoors in the colder months.”

Mark Eley of Eley Kishimoto said: “Growing up in my grandfather’s sheds, it was great to be able to revive the magic of the shed for somebody else. I’ve created the outside design, Cuprinol have provided the colours, and now it is up to Audrey and her family to provide the memories.”

Cuprinol Marketing Manager, Kathryn Ledson said: “The UK shed industry is worth over £6bn, which just goes to show how important sheds are to us Brits. People lead hectic lives and are using their sheds all year round as extensions of their home. Our wide range of Cuprinol colours can bring out the best of your garden and who better to showcase this than Eley Kishimoto.”

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