When springtime comes, it’s always fun and refreshing time of recovering from winter and watching everything blossom anew. It give us a chance to update and improve so we can sit back and enjoy our summer days to the full. One particular project I’ve been aching to tackle is my garden shed.
It’s long since needed an update along with repair and some major DIY elbow grease. For the previous owners, it used to be a playhouse for their kids. Apparently they were the coolest kids on the block back in the 70’s because the parents have the shed wired for TV. Too funny!
Though I call it a garden shed, it’s more of a storage shed for now. I will refrain from showing you the scary insides as of yet because the floor is rotted out, and my kids have turned it into a hot mess. No joke.
My goal was to tackle it all last summer, but our backyard makeover cup was full with my compost bin build, our fire pit redo, and then our garden arbor area. Both of those posts are fun to read and full of DIY tips and tutorials.
Since we have been feverishly trying to finish our kitchen and have other projects that need done before winter, I’m not sure I’ll get all that I want done with it. I’d love to turn it back into place for my kids to have a quiet place to just be. However, today I’m tackling the front exterior.
What you’re looking at is how our little shed has looked for the past few years. Last year, I bought the used glider rocker to replace the blanket chest that used to be there and I redid in this post. I plan to make a new cover for the glider cushions when we decide what color of siding we will be using on our house and shed. Until then, it works for now. Last year I dug out everything around the shed, added landscaping fabric, new plants and stone.
The window has been broken for years and we have bricks up to keep the cats and squirrels out. See the hot mess inside I mentioned? Also, a couple of years ago we replaced the deck, and it needs a good cleaning and update.
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So, where do I begin? Well, if you read my arched window post on how to replace glass in a window the old school way, you’ll know replacing that broken pane is a cinch. I just removed the old glazing and broken window, replaced the glass, added glaziers points and glazing and I’m done.
Now, for the deck. I wanted to give it a good cleaning and stain. First, I wet the deck down with a water hose, and used a pump sprayer with deck wash applying it liberally.
After the deck wash sat for about 10-15 minutes, my daughter and I scrubbed it down.
Once clean, the garden shed deck needed to dry before I applied stain. So, while that was happening, I touched up the paint of the door, trim, shutters, and anything else that needed a refresh.
In addition to the paint, I decided to finally put a vision into play for this piece that’s been in my stash since my first days of blogging. Any guesses as to what it is?
Well, if you can’t guess, don’t worry. I don’t think I would have known unless shown. It is the back off an old Morris rocking chair I was given ages ago. You can read the beginning of this chair’s story here in this post where I repurposed most of it. Then for fun, take a peek at these posts to see what happened to the rest of it.
In haste as I was battling the weather, I skipped showing you how I stained the deck, but really it’s not rocket science. I used a 3/8″ roller nap on my paint roller with broom handle attached. First, I cut in with a paint brush along the wall, edges, and cracks. Then, I just rolled it on. If had been done better planning, I would have been able to get my hands on this Stain Stick that would have made it easier.
Here is my garden shed all gussied up and ready to go.
You can see in the background the swingset we rebuilt last year. Years ago we were given that giant gift for free from a local person. I rebuilt what was rotted with new wood, but last year the original roof had pretty much rotted through as well as the ladder and climbing wall. My kids are so happy to have it back.
My little door got the love it needed and the best part for me was the addition of the potting bench I created from a curbside changing table I redid a few months back. I had it for sale in my shop, and secretly hoped it wouldn’t sell. What a shame I get to keep it. tee hee!! Even better was I hung the old rake I found in the shed when we moved in. Perfect for my garden tools.
The old cracked crocks were my grandmother’s and mother’s that they handed down to me. They make for wonderful planters. Do you have any? I also got the junky fun plant stand for free and love the height it adds, plus the wire hanging baskets were a fun thrifted find too.
The garden shed floor came out just as planned and it’s always nice when that happens. whew! The Acorn Brown stain by Thompson’s WaterSeal is the same as I used on our patio picnic table and fire-pit set. We even scrubbed the concrete pavers to brighten them up as well.
Like I mentioned, the swing bench will be getting a new look at some point, but it works for now. I also still love my coat rack I created from my #trashure stash. You can read all the elements that created it in this post here.
And in case you thought I’d forgotten, I put that wooden Morris rocking chair back to use on the side of my shed. Can you guess it’s new use?
I was fed up with my kids wet beach towels always strewn about, so this puppy is going to save me oodles of time. Woot! With some chain from my stash and a few pieces of hardware, we’re ready to roll…or dry. haha.
My little shed has a long way to go as we need to rebuild the inside, fix the sag in the roof, as well as the replace the roof and windows. However, I’m looking forward to making this a special little place.
Gardening is my kinda therapy and totally love sharing pictures of my delight blooms and plants all over my home.
The peonies I received from a local gentleman who didn’t want them are one of my all time favorite treasures. He even dug them up for me! wow.
Likewise, I have so many bushes and plants that I love like the honeysuckle I planted a few years ago, followed by the roses. I feel so blessed!
What fun it is to get to enjoy nature’s bounty and to share it with you!
I hope you’ve enjoyed our garden shed makeover and will pin and share to inspire others to do something to their outdoor decor too.
Up next, this thrifted wooden wine crate will have a fun new purpose. Any guesses? See the after HERE.
For all of you waiting to hear on the selected Finding Home honoree, we have some exciting news to share as we’ve chosen to go BIG this first time around. I will be announcing the news soon via live chats on Facebook and Instagram in the next few days. It’s just taking us a bit more to get it all together since we changed things up. Hang tight!