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A raised bed has many advantages, especially in small gardens. Whether it's that you don't have to bend down when gardening or that slugs don't have easy access to the lettuce. But raised beds are often made of raw wood and can be very rustic and conspicuous. There's really only one thing that helps: paint.
True to our motto #simplypaint, you can turn any boring wooden box into an eye-catcher. It's really quite simple.

Painting a wooden raised bed: Ideas from our community

There are many different ways to change the elements in your garden to suit your taste. Our community members have also unleashed their creativity and spruced up their gardens! Be inspired by their creative works and Before and After pictures.

How to Paint a Raised Bed

It may seem complicated at first glance, but with our paints and step-by-step instructions, you'll have your raised bed painted in no time!

Step 1: Preparation

Make sure the wood is dry and clean. If the surface of the outside is very rough and uneven, simply sand it smooth. This not only saves paint, but also makes it adhere better. If your raised bed has been painted before or the wood has old paint residue, you should also sand and remove old paint residue.

Step 2: Prime the wood

The material for raised beds is often made of Douglas fir, robinia and similar tropical woods. It is therefore essential to prime with the To Bond & Block - MissPompadour Primer. This not only prevents the wood from bleeding into your colour, but also creates a particularly stable, even surface for the final coat of paint.

Step 3: Paint

Now apply your chosen colour shade. The varnish quality Eggshell Varnish is best suited for this. It is weatherproof, stable and does not yellow. However, please note that this varnish also does not tolerate standing water.

Step 4: Apply protective film

Now line the inside of the raised bed with foil. Make a few holes in the bottom of the foil so that the rainwater or water cannot accumulate in the soil but runs off through the bottom. The foil also protects the wood from getting wet and prevents the wood from rotting, so that you can enjoy your raised bed for longer.

With this selection your project will succeed

Non-toxic paint from MissPompadour for your raised bed

When you grow your own herbs, harvest fresh lettuce and pick your home-grown tomatoes, you are eating real, healthy organic food. However, chemicals used in conventional varnishes to protect the wood can leach into the soil via the wood.
That's why it's so important to treat your raised bed with non-toxic paint. Both the primers and varnishes from MissPompadour are certified low in solvents and VOCs. Our colours are therefore perfect for painting your raised bed.

FAQ: Frequently asked questions about building a raised bed yourself

If you build and paint your raised garden bed yourself, you are bound to have one or two questions. You can find answers to the most frequently asked questions here.

Why does a raised bed need to be lined with foil?

The film prevents moisture from being drawn into the wood from the inside. In addition, roots cannot bore through joints in the wood. It is only important that the foil is provided with some openings at the bottom to avoid waterlogging.

When should I paint my raised bed?

Ideally, you should paint the raised bed before you fill it with foil and soil. However, if you don't like the look of your existing raised bed and want to finish it, you can paint it later. The important thing is that the wood is dry and the weather forecast does not call for rain.

Do I also have to paint the inside of my raised bed?

No. Since the raised bed is lined with foil from the inside, it only needs to be painted from the outside.

What colour do I use for my raised bed

Colour shades that fit in well with nature are always beautiful.
But maybe there's already a garden shed or a fence that dictates a colour. Read our instructions on how to paint your garden shed. You can also use the colour of your garden furniture as a guide. We don't recommend painting it too colourful, because you want to give flowers and plants a chance to unfold their effect.

Materials and accessories To Paint Your Raised Bed

  • Sandpaper or a sanding block: Remove the old paint and irregularities from the wood to achieve a fresh and stable coat.
  • Paint tray: Use a paint tray into which you can simply pour the required amount. This way you can easily wipe off Rollers and brushes without having to handle the heavy paint can. The paint tray is a valuable aid here.
  • Brushes or Rollers: Especially for priming, it pays to work fast - just use a small paint roller. You can also use this afterwards for the colour varnish. Alternatively, use our brushes to reach all corners and crevices. This works perfectly with our bevelled To Paint - MissPompadour Fine MissPompadour Brush.