Thursday, August 11, 2011

REVEAL: My $40 Shed Makeover

Well, it is finally done - my shed makeover is complete! Here is the BEFORE:


It was a typical "barn" shed and it was painted yellow with white trim and a green roof. Cute for a few years, but it needed a little punch! So, I made it into a Tiki Hut complete with a thatch roof, flamingo lights, painted waves, etc. I SO wish I had a picture because it was really something. LOL!

As the snow melted this spring, it was looking quite awful. The shark lagoon was full of weeds (did I really just type that sentence?), the thatch roof needed to be replaced, etc. After taking a good look at the shed, it appeared that ants were totally hanging out at the tiki bar and setting up shop in the wood trim on the doors. YIKES - time for a big RAID umbrella drink for them! So I ripped all the wood off the doors and decided to give the shed a totally new look...


This is my new shed and I am so pleased with the final result. It has totally given the yard a very calming and eloquent feel. The entire project was only about $40 as most of the stuff was, ironically, already "in the shed". I already had the paint as it is the color I chose for my house (Behr - Hilltop). The scrolls were on sale for $5.88 each and the finial was on clearance at Hobby Lobby (LOVE) for a dollar!


I simply shaped a piece of 1 x 4 and attached it to look like a finial and spray painted it all white. I added new 1 x 4 wood trim because I felt it needed some substantial trim to detract from the barn line of the roof.



I removed all the wood and painted the doors white and then added black gloss paint squares to give the illusion of french doors. I added screen door molding painted white to mimic window grids.


The planter was my Mom's and was just hanging on the wall in the shed and I thought - how perfectly perfect! A little white gloss spray paint and it turned out pretty sweet!



The Bay Lake Tennis Club sign was made from a geranium garden sign I found "in the shed". I simply painted it white, spray painted some old tennis racquet coasters black and used the Rustoleum paint pen in black (my new favorite thing) to give it new life.



The window boxes were a redwood mess that I had sitting on the side of the house - why I was saving them I have no idea but now I'm glad I hung on to them. The brackets were from a thrift store - 50 cents for the set. Again - a little white paint and they worked out perfectly!


I used a 1 x 4s and furring strips to make board and batten shutters.



I originally wanted to have the racquets crossed on the peak over the doors but it was just too much. So I incorporated them into the shutters and I like they way they add a bit of pop to the side. I spray painted two old wooden racquets - I have a collection of about 50 and it was hard to choose which two to ruin. But I love them white.




I ripped out the shark lagoon, buried the blue sand with dirt and mulch and threw some New Guinea impatiens there - I love how clean it looks. On the right side, I had that urn at my front door but I love it in the backyard so much better. I received the clock for my birthday from my sister so I was looking for the perfect place to enjoy it. I cut out about a 3 foot circle used a shovel and straight edge to remove the grass. I really like how it enhanced the shed. Note to self - if I ever do this again - try to pick a day when the heat index is not 115! :-)




*** UPDATE*****  Here is the tutorial for the awning:

http://generalsplendour.blogspot.com/2011/09/how-to-my-10-shed-awning-tutorial.html        


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I was also featured at http://www.thediyspot.com/2011/08/diy-that-caught-my-eye/ by Joselyn and I cannot get her button to work - just wanted to say go visit her charming blog - www.thediyspot.com and thank you!

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42 comments:

  1. Love your makeover! I'm showing my hubby and hopefully we can copy you!!

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  2. This is awesome! I want to do that to my shed. I probably have enough stuff inside stored to decorate it like you did. :) I don't even know WHAT all is in there. lol

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  3. love this, especially the faux french doors and the tennis theme!!!!

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  4. VERY cute. I really thought the doors were real.

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  5. I saw this featured on BETTER AFTER.
    The rackets gave the windows that extra touch. Excellent job. I can easily trade you my house for this! Thanks for sharing. http://decoratingwcents.blogspot.com/

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  6. I love this! I have 2 sheds in my backyard that seriously need some love. I have thought for a while that I wanted to do something cute with them.

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  7. Coming over from Better After. Your shed is absolutely darling! Makes me really want to add a shed makeover to our very long list of "To Do" projects for our new house. :)

    I'm head over heels crazy about the clock too! Do you have any idea where your sister bought it? I'd love to find an outdoor clock like that for our porch area.

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  8. Thank you for all your lovely comments. The clock was from Hobby Lobby and was about $125 on clearance. I know Sams Club had one this summer very that resembled it very closely. Good Luck! It is two sided and has a temperature gauge on the back and it is all fully adjustable for height.

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  9. This is amazing, what a transformation! Love love love it!

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  10. Absolutely fantastic! Can you explain what you mean by "black gloss paint squares" for the doors? Thanks!

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  11. Hi Lori - thanks for stopping by and your for commenting. Once the doors were painted white, I taped off a smaller rectangle inside the door. I taped off that square and used the Rustoleum black gloss paint to fill it in. So it looked like I had a large black rectangle on each door. Then I added the trim on top to make it look like a french door. Hope this helps!

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  13. Hi Tracy
    I loved your shed makeover so much I had to feature it: http://www.thediyspot.com/2011/08/diy-that-caught-my-eye/

    I hope you will stop by and grab a button why you're there. Well done!

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  14. Thank You Joselyn - I am coming over to say hello and grab a button! :-)

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  15. I thought your doors were real too. Nice job. I love everything about your shed, especially that it doesn't look like a run of the mill storage shed but a garden folly.

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  16. Those doors are genius. The whole darn thing is fabulous. This is one stunning shed. I giggled everytime you mentioned the shark lagoon. :) So glad I stopped by and we are neighbors at BTNOTP

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  17. Wow ! I was totally fooled by the French door look-a-likes !!!! What a fantastic transformation - thanks for sharing !

    gena

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  18. I liked the idea of the shark lagoon/tiki hut, and I LOVE what your shed looks like now!!!! What a wonderful imagination you have.

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  19. This is fantatsic, all the little deatils really add to it, love it!

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  20. This shed is the cutest! I love all the little details you added!

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  21. Ok, I have read through all of this a couple of times...and wondered...How did you do the awning? Did you make it? I would love the directions for that...what a wonderful transformation and way to use what you already had! YOU are CRAFTY!

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  22. This has to be one of the most amazing transformations I have seen. You have just gotten everyones attention to look and see what they have in their shed.Awesome!!!
    http://trescherechattel.blogspot.com/

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  23. THANK YOU to everyone for all of the very sweet and positive comments. @LakeShore - I am going to post the awning tutorial in the next day or two. :-) It's SO easy and cost me $10! Seriously!

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  24. Your shed makeover is amazing! I have a little smaller but similar shed I have wanted to fix up! And my daughter just became engaged to the most wonderful guy that is a tennis pro. I have been thinking about what I could make for them with old wooden tennis racquets. I am sending them a link to your post so they know what I want MY guesthouse in their backyard to look like! Thanks so much for sharing :)

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  25. Wow, this is a real show stopper. Your attention to detail with all the new elements for your tennis shed. I can't think of one thing I would change, great job! Thanks for sharing.

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  26. Absolutely darling!!!!!!

    Wonderful job.
    d from homehaven nestled in the kansas flinthills

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  27. Wow, it's adorable. I need one of those sheds! Love what you've done...

    Michelle
    www.newengland-style.com

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  28. Oh, she's so pretty! Now, I'm wanting a shed. lol. Found you via Dittle Dattle party. Pop on over for a visit when you get a moment. Tootles, Kathryn http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2011/08/goodwill-artwork.html

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  30. You have been featured! So come check it out and grab a button. Thanks so much for coming and linking up.
    http://www.thesasselife.com/2011/09/link-party-2.html
    Kim
    www.thesasselife.com

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  31. Your shed is amazing! It looks wonderful and I love the tennis accents you added! I'm featuring it on my blog as one of my favorite projects of August! http://www.diynewlyweds.com/2011/09/my-favorite-projects-august-2011.html

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  32. Thanks Jenny - heading over to visit you now! :-)

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  33. WOW! What a makeover! You’ve given your shed a whole new life and style! I totally love the front. The black and white stripes look so cute. I like how it beautifully complements the color of the wall and the whole design. Those decorations are a beautiful addition too. Kudos on this terrific transformation! -> Roxie Magnus

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    1. Here is the link to the Awning tutorial! :-) Thank you.

      http://generalsplendour.blogspot.com/2011/09/how-to-my-10-shed-awning-tutorial.html

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  35. this is adorable! your shed is totally a destination. i love the flower bed!
    b

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  36. OMGoodness!!! What an outstanding job on the shed!!! I was looking around for a way to re-do one that we are going to buy. This is IT!!!! Thank you so much for sharing! Wish you had an email list so I could hear from you regularly, but joined you on FB, Thanks again for your great ideas

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    1. You are very welcome! Thank you for the interest - I have to make it a point to post more on my Facebook & Instagram pages! Good luck with the shed - I'd love to see your results! ;-)

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