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Garden Shed Makeover

What started as a creepy ramshackle structure is now the cutest little potting shed!


I heavily debated what to do with this space. I considered taking it down, but the extra storage is so handy. I also someone quote a rebuild, but when the price tag hit $15,000, I knew that wasn’t an option. Naturally, it was DIY time!!!!!


As always, if you have a space you'd like to transform, send me a message to see how we can work together to make it happen!


1. THE ROOF

For ease & budget, I wanted something that could go right over top of the old shingles.

These asphalt panels were the PERFECT solution. It has now been over a year, and the roof has stood strong even through a brutal, snowy winter.


First, I strapped the existing roof with 2x4s. Laying them across the roof, and screwing into the existing frame work.


Next, installation of the panels (so easy!):

  • Overlap the sheets, for complete coverage.

  • Add the foam ridge cap to the exposed ends, to discourage rodents from sneaking in

  • Screw them into your strapping using the 3” Ondura fasteners, at the top of the corrugated ridge. I spaced out my screws about 12” apart, on every other ridge. Super Solid!


For more on the panel installation, check out Ondura's detailed installation guide.


2. THE WINDOWS

Lucky for us, we had 2 old windows that were still in great shape. Habitat for Humanity Re-Stores, as well as Facebook Marketplace are great spots to find affordable used windows.

  • Frame a rough opening. Don’t forget to add a header, and support that header with new studs that go all the way to the bottom plate (stud that runs along the floor).

  • We then use a sawzol to cut a hole in the exterior wall sheathing and installed our new windows!



3. THE STORAGE & WORKSPACE

Next I used for extra lumber to build more narrow storage shelves and a cute little counter space. For the counter top, I used leftover fence boards!


4. PAINT IT WHITE

Any time there is this much texture, using a sprayer is a MUST.

I invested in this sprayer, and can say it has saved me hours and hours of tedious painting work…


5. THE FLOORS

One of my favourite details of this project!

I use a small foam roller, concrete/masonry paint & these re-usable stencils and absolutely LOVE the result. The colour I used was Red Potato by Behr, to mimic a terracotta tile.


As it ages, the inevitable chips and scratches will add to the patina look. I have gotten tons of complements on this detail and can’t wait to use this stencil trick again!


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