Painting a Log Cabin 101

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Wooden cabins can be good investments if you take care of them and as long as you purchase one that can stand the test of time.

From the opening sentiments, the key takeaway is the importance of taking care of and maintaining a log cabin. While impregnating the wood with chemicals can help protect the layers from the environment other factors such as coating it will the correct paint is something people often forget or are misinformed of.

Painting a log cabin can be relatively cheap, and one of the most popular ways to renovate wooden structures. Paint helps protect wood from chipping thanks to its core chemicals. The glossy finish given by paint also prevents water from seeping inside the wood, which in turn causes damp.

Below are some things that you may want to keep in mind, so that can give your cabin the best possible paint job.


If you’re going to paint an old cabin, the first thing you should do is make sure that you remove the old layers of paint with a scraper. Scrub the surface with sandpaper until it finally becomes matt. Then, remove the dust with a brush. If you need help with how to sand wood properly, the DIY Network has a good step-by-step procedure that you can follow.

Don’t be afraid to scrub hard. The logs used for cabins are generally thick so it’s hard to damage them with heavy scrubbing. Leading hardware retailer Screwfix showcases some of the standard log cabins on the market today, and details that most interlocking logs used to build cabins are at least 34 mm thick so they can definitely withstand a bit of scrubbing.

For brand new surfaces, you need to first fill or “impregnate” the wood with resin, which will protect the wood from mold and humidity. Once the wood is impregnated, you can then proceed with painting it.


First, stir the can of paint with a clean stick. After the initial stirring make sure to stir the paint occasionally so that is doesn’t solidify over time.

When you’re finally ready to paint the cabin, make sure you have enough paint to cover the entire cabin twice. This will also ensure that the pain has a certain thickness to it, as well as bringing out its true colour. Remember that the doors, windows, and any other area that you don’t want paint on should be covered with tape.

Also, make sure to invest in good brushes. However that doesn’t mean there isn’t a responsibility with the painter to maintain them. At the end of painting you should leave the brushes in some water after cleaning them with mineral spirits to ensure all the paint is removed from the bristles.

Colour Combinations

When choosing a colour for the cabin’s exterior, you need to consider its surroundings. Most people choose a colour for their cabin that stands out from its surrounding environment instead of blending in. If you want your cabin to stand out, choose bright-coloured paints. If you want it to blend in with the surrounding nature, choose a darker coloured paint.

It’s also worth considering the colour of your guttering, windows, frames, and doors when painting the main body of your cabin. You can highlight these elements by choosing a contrasting colour compared to the cabin’s main shade. For example, if the windows are coloured yellow, you may want to choose a shade close to red for the main body.

If you need help with choosing a good paint, Recreated Designs has a Paint Comparison page that you can check out

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