Sunday, April 17, 2011

The Potting Shed

What a gorgeous weekend!! Finally, we really needed it here.  Did you get outside?  I did!  I weeded. I actually like weeding.  Well not all the time but sometimes, it's mindless work and it looks so good when you're done. Of course by July around here you'd think I never weeded. ;) 

Have I told you I love my Potting Shed?  I do.  I LOVE IT.  It makes me happy.   I have a picture of it in my blog header but I thought I'd give you a closer look.

My husband built it for me last summer.  We tore down an old ugly lean-to shed and used the lumber and metal roofing to build this shed.  We used a salvaged door and old windows.   

I made the cupola.  It's my FAVORITE part. I found a tutorial online and then sorta winged it from there.  I am quite certain it will only last a few years before it rots out since I used shutters for the louvered part but oh well.  My hubby put the metal on the cupola roof for me.

I had to re-glaze the window above .  UGGH! I never want to do that again.  It is tedious work, but I do love those old windows.  I believe they both came from the original cabin so that made it worth the effort.

Here's the inside.  This cabinet was in another shed on the property.  I did nothing to it but move it.  The finish is perfectly chippy and worn.  I love the color. 

I made the sign after seeing a sign in The Ballard Designs catalog.   The crate and the bucket I found in a shed here too. 

So I thought I'd explain why we have random stuff like this cabinet just lying around.  My husbands grandparents lived here before us and they never got rid of anything.  Seriously they kept everything, 30 years of stuff.  So that is why we have lots of wood scraps, old windows, random things.  My husband and I joke that all we have to do is think of something and then go look around and we will find it.   Then there's us.  We never get rid of anything either.  If a piece of wood is more than a foot long I swear it physically hurts me to get rid of it. 

The potting shed is next to my vegetable garden.  I will post pictures of my garden later once things start growing.

I like the way the blue sky (haven't seen that in awhile) and clouds reflect in the glass in this photo. 

Thanks for checking out my Potting shed! 

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Anonymous said...

I want a potting shed. How cute! I love love love that aqua cabinet. That would look good inside, as well. How neat that you have treasures from your family. Old windows, etc... Sounds good to me. Every time I see a tin roof...I think of that song by the B52's :)
Thanks for sharing a little slice of your property!
Have a good night!
Michelle :)

anangloinquebec said...

OMG...I LOVE sweet is that! Was it hard to build? Must have been. We are looking at building a garden shed this summer and you girl...have inspired me!!

Robin said...

Ooooohhhhhh Mimi! Can I move in? It's perfect . . and gorgeous . . . and makes me green with envy! I. Love. It.

Katie said...

I love that shed! Truly fantastic. I love that you used some of the old shed in it!

Creatively Living Outside the Box

Shirlee said...

As I was walking my dog this morning (in the snow! sigh) I was thinking about how much I need/want a garden shed. Then I pop in here and you've got your wonderful potting shed posted.
I love how you were able to use parts of the old shed to build it. Looking forwards to reading about your garden too.
Have a wonderful day! :)

Full Circle Creations said...

I love it! I live on my grandparents farm. And my grandpa kept lots of stuff too and sometimes I'm so glad he did! I have tons of great wood to work with. I have a potting shed that has been so many things in it's long life and now I'm working to dress it up. Thanks for the inspiration.

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

I think the shed came out awesome! I love that you guys made it yourselves. I have an old lean to that I want to remake into a cute shed, so this is very inspiring. My favorite thing is the cupola too! said...

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loreen said...

Very nice

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

I want a shed as cute as that! With an old cabinet in it just like that too. I would be so thrilled to live on property that has stuff lying around. What fun it must be to come up with project. I love that sign you made. And just finding that crate and bucket, how great is that?

Curtains In My Tree said...

I love you shed. I want one just like it and a man to build it for me. I am a single girl and can;t use a darn tool. I have tried
I like the color also.
I am having one built for me next week (lots of money $$$$)
I wish I could afford the french doors maybe so

Shelia said...

It's darling! Wish I had one just like it.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Misty ~ Not an Empty Room ~ said...


our house was my husbands grandparents too (the name of our blog "not an empty room" is because when we moved in...there was not an empty room!)

Did you do the galvanized roof yourself?? can we know more about that? what did you use and how did you do it?

everything looks great! love the cupola!


Lydia said...

Congratulations on the great collaboration on the shed.

The secret to a long and happy marraige? His and hers sheds.

35 years and counting....

Mimi@blueroofcabin said...

Hi Misty, to answer your question about the roof. My husband installed the roof. We used the metal roofing from the old shed we just had to cut the sheets lengthwise to size. It is screwed directly to the rafters which are spaced 24" apart. There are some screw holes that didnt line up that had to be caulked. My hubby framed and roofed around the cupola and used flashing to finish it. Some water does get blown in through the cupola but it dries out. Not perfect but I love that you can look up into the cupola. ;) The cupola probably added 8 hours to the roofing process (for hubby) but so worth it (for me anyways tehe) Thanks for asking.

Pam said...

Your potting shed is beautiful! I love every thing about it--the cupola, the window, the inside... GREAT work!

I'm visiting from My Romantic Home's party.

Thanks for sharing!

gail said...

I am so envious! I love your shed. :)
super job, thanks for sharing @ catch as catch can

Rose @ Confessions of a Curbshopaholic said...

Mimi! I'm in love with that cupola on your roof! I simply must make one for my new potting shed makeover. Yours is so big, I'm envious. You'll see that I chose a door very similar to that for my potting shed. Seems we're a lot alike. Loving your blog, glad I found you!

Angela @ Cottage Magpie said...

Hi Mimi!!! Your potting shed is so cute!! And that green cabinet inside is fantastic. I'm doing a round-up of garden sheds and I'd love to include yours. Would that be okay with you (with a link back)? Also, if you have bigger pictures, I'd love to use them. Let me know! :-) ~Angela~

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