Shed of Dreams

Oct 1, 2018

By now, if you know me, you know our shed was given a little makeover this Spring/early summer. And let me tell ya, the pretty images you see on IG or anywhere else, didn't start that way. This little shed was like something straight out of the movie Deliverance, it was backwoods-y, dirty, dare I say, redneck-ish? It was the sore thumb in our back yard, it was ugly, unsightly and quite honestly embarasing. Like all wonderful schemes, mine began by watching an episode of Fixer Upper.  You can probably hear Joe sighing a big breath of relief that Chip and Jo are off the air now, and away from my eyes, ears and brain, giving me the opportunity to scheme up projects for himπŸ˜†! Regardless, I saw her garden shed episode, and it's probably one of my favorite episodes, EVER. I love that garden shed (it's actually like a house, honestly) every square inch, every single detail, was perfection. But more than loving that episode, it got me thinking, our shed, needed a major overhaul. And in addition, I could make it a spot to teach flower classes! I've been doing flower arrangements and flowers for weddings for several years now, just on the side, and only when friends and family ask me. But it's something that brings me peace, and major joy, so why not give it a try?! Also, it's not anything I've seen anywhere else, so I felt like it was kind of proprietary, like I'm the first in on such a cool experience! (maybe I'm not, but, I've not seen it anywhere else). So lets jump in the De Lorean, and go back to the future, and check out the shed, pre-makeover.

Scary, right? Well, let me show you my inspo, and then my mood board, for what I had in mind.

All images sourced from Pinterest
Dreamy, right? Here's what I came up with for my mood board...

I also wanted goats and chickens, which I still do, but we've got to pace ourselves people! This was my original mood board, some things were tweaked, but for the most part, it stayed very similar. I ended up going with the exterior color Naval, by Sherwin Williams. And the walls on the inside of the shed are Alabaster, by Sherwin Williams. I'll show swatches below. 

Joe was able to create a board and batten look, by purchasing vinyl, exterior trim pieces and cutting and nailing to the exterior in strips. The exterior had an existing paneling and we covered the paneling with the board and batten strips. He got the door in the clearance section at Lowe's for $50! He trimmed it down to fit the door frame and I sanded and stained it. For the interior shiplap, we went to Lowe's and got them to cut paneling sheets into 8 inch wide strips to look like real, wood, lap siding. Joe nailed to the studs in the shed and we painted over them. It gives the look of real shiplap, for a fraction of the price! 

We also added a small window, which made a huge impact to the exterior of this small shed. In addition, we added a small barn light. I couldn't find any affordable bras options I liked, so I bought a galvanized one, and spray painted it brass. Lastly, we added shutters and a small window box to the exterior, I sanded and stained them the same color as the door, Early American. 

For the interior, Joe poured the concrete counter tops. He built a frame and then mixed and poured the concrete. It was a learning process, and they certainly aren't perfect (which is ok, it's a shed) but he learned and now feels confident he could do them in a house! We also added shelving with cheap L brackets from Lowe's and I painted them matte black. We used simple 2x6 boards that I stained and sanded them for the actual shelves, super cost effective. The large mirror above the sink, was actually three small closet mirrors from Walmart, that we nailed close together and attached shoe molding with liquid nail to give the affect of a large, window mirror, yet, it only cost $20! The faucet, was an amazon find, but would require some extra installation, since it was made to have an extra filtration line, not necessary for the shed, and Joe had to cap off, since we didn't need it. But for the price point and look, it was a steal at $89. The sink was free, #plumberperks. 

My accent wall of baskets, was a cheap investment with big visual impact, I scored most of the baskets from a thrift store for around a quarter a piece. The largest one in the center is actually a floor mat, we got in St. Lucia, on vacation this summer, and few others are bushel basket lids that I got at an antiques festival last Spring. I just attached all the baskets to the wall with small finishing nails, in a flow, I liked. The letters are galvanized from Hobby Lobby, and I spray painted them matte black and attached them with liquid nail to the wall with the help of a laser level! My light fixture came from a second hand store several years ago, I had been saving it for just the right project, and this was the perfect one! 

The gallery wall, was also a cheap project, I just searched for 'free botanical prints, with a black background' til I found ones I liked. I sent them to Office Depot to be printed on cardstock as an 11x17 they were under $8 for all 9 prints.  Then, purchased 11x17 frames from Hobby Lobby. They were originally priced $6.99 a piece and I purchased them when they were 50% off. Making them around $3.25 a piece!

The floor in the shed, was shall we say, gross? It had old chicken poop, mud and only the good Lord above knows what else. We gave it a good power washing and then painted it with concrete floor paint (make sure you ventilate the area well, when using this!) It gave the floor a completely knew look! 

The table, I've had for while, we got it back at an auction several years ago, and I've never sold it, hoping I could use it. The chairs my mom, gifted to me, and we just recovered the seats in a buffalo check, duck cloth. And I sprayed them with scotch guard, to prevent any stains.

We finished the shed, the day before Kamden was born, on purpose. We knew if we didn't finish it before she was born, it probably wouldn't get finished. But, I am so glad we did complete it. It's one of my favorite places to take her, I want her to have a love for gardening, growing, and flowers. We even included the shed in her newborn photos! πŸ’•

As for flower classes, I've hosted two so far, and they have been the most fun! I love that women get to come, be creative, learn something, and meet new friends!

See?! Doesn't it look so fun? It is. 

Is the shed perfect? No way, haha! There's so many things I see, that still need to be done, while writing this post. Am I making a million dollars? Heck no! But I am pursuing my passion, and I'm teaching people something new, and I hope they are leaving feeling empowered, and inspired. So can a little shed make dreams come true? If you ask me, it can :)

If you're local, and would like to take a class, I'd love for you to join me, I keep class dates posted on IG. Thanks for reading along, and as always, if you have comments or questions, feel free to leave them below! 

A big thank you, to social media-less Joe, without his hard work, none of this would have been a possibility. He always gets behind my dreams, no matter how crazy, a finds a way to help me make them happen. πŸ’“
Also, thank you to all of you who have attended my classes so far or have reached out wanting to take my class! Your support and encouragement means everything! 

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