When I was a little girl we had two sheds in our garden, one for my dad’s bits and bobs and the other one I decided was my shed. I set about turning it into my own little reading nook. So for my first shed makeover ever I painted the walls. Any paint will do, emulsion, hobby paints, whatever. My very first she-shed, complete with peeling paint and multicoloured walls was freezing, but it was my space and I loved it.
Fast forward to modern day and with a fire lit under my butt by the Grand Designs Live show, more specifically the Grand Shed Project sponsored by the folks at AXA I’ve only gone and done another shed makeover (six-year-old me would be so proud).
The Shabby Chic Shed Makeover
When I last moved house, I inherited a huge plastic shed and I hate it. It is a horrid colour, it’s full of junk and it sits exactly where the sun is in the evening. How can I make you my shed?
To achieve my very own Woman Cave, the first job is a coat of paint.
With fairly small windows sheds typically tend to be dark and miserable. With the interior painted white, light is reflected around more readily, so the brighter your space will be. White spray paint worked well for painting directly onto the plastic walls. It took a few coats to properly cover them.
Separate the junk.
As it still needs to be a shed a large white cotton sheet separates the shed space from the she-shed.
Hang some party decorations.
She sheds are pretty and girly and pretty girly. Hanging some Talking Tables honeycomb baubles and a collection of vintage lamp shapes from the roof wasn’t enough. Why hello there Etsy. One crochet garland and tassel garland later and the she shed is starting to take shape.
Somewhere to sit.
I managed to get a really good deal locally on this custom made double chaise and they busted their butts to get it to me. I added a few cushions including a crochet trimmed on from Binkeeshop on Etsy.
Let there be light.
If I’m going to spend every waking minute in here, I’ll need to be able to see once the sun goes down. A rummage in the house dug up a Himalayan salt lamp and a quick visit to our local lighting store provided a delightful light curtain.
The previous owners of the shed were kind enough to leave behind some things that they no longer wanted. One woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure. I think this is a plant stand but crackle paste and a coat of chalk paint later and my recreation station was complete. My Emma Bridgewater VQ DAB/Bluetooth radio and my reading list will keep me entertained.
I finished by adding a Rice DK plastic floor mat, one Poopers and brought my yarn basket so that I can get my crochet on.
What else would you include in your she shed?
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