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Gardening is an enjoyable pastime for many people and has only increased since lockdown. It works wonders for your health and wellbeing, and you can even burn up to 400 calories an hour.


With more and more homeowners taking up gardening as a hobby or renovating their outdoor space, there is a larger need for external storage space that can house garden furniture, tools and equipment.

But how do we protect these wooden structures to ensure they withstand the summer and winter weather, as well as provide an aesthetically pleasing feature in the garden? Alia, a London homeowner, explains how Osmo County Colour helped her achieve this.

Once Alia had completed the internal renovations on her new house, the garden became her next big project. With large sliding doors at the back of the house looking into the garden, she wanted a modern alternative to a standard garden shed, so invested in a log cabin.

The cabin is made of interlocking softwood logs, so it was really important to ensure the logs are well maintained as warping could cause gaps between the logs and would damage the structure. The cabin supplier provided a list of paint and wood treatment suppliers to use to ensure the cabin was resistant to the elements.

“We weren’t aware of Osmo before this project, but as it was on the shortlist of approved manufacturers and after conducting our own research of all recommended companies, we decided to pick Osmo,” commented Alia, the homeowners. “We wanted a clean and modern look for the cabin that would brighten up a relatively dark corner of the garden, and Osmo had the colour choices that we wanted.”

Alia opted for Country Colour White for the main structure, Country Colour Anthracite grey for the window and door frames, as well as the roof trim, and Country Colour light grey for the interior.

The Country Colour range promises premium durability and a rich colour, hiding the natural colour and grain of the wood yet maintaining the wood’s natural texture. The solution not only rejuvenates the wood, but leaves it protected against the unpredictable British weather. It can be applied to a range of wood species, including oily and exotic materials. Based on natural vegetable oils, the finish allows the wood to breathe. Requiring only two coats, it can be applied using a roller or brush and has an approximate drying time of 8 – 10 hours.

“We applied two coats of County Colour and it has provided a solid, smooth finish and superior timber protection,” continues Alia. “We were told that it doesn’t crack or peel and is easy to apply and maintain, which I can confirm, it was. We are really happy with the end product. The cabin looks really special, and we’ve had lots of compliments on it.”

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