Whether it’s a humble storage room or a place for the family to hang out in, a shed can offer a multitude of purposes which make a garden feel homely and lived in. If you are looking to make some serious changes to your space and want to fall in love with your outhouse again, take a look at our 23 smart ideas for a shed makeover.
Question is, does your shed need a major renovation or a simple makeover? Tip-off. Some garden lovers create an intimately personalized space out of their sheds. Whilst some artistic individuals go above and beyond when turning their ordinary shed into an awe-inspiring masterpiece.
Here we’ve compiled categories of refurbished sheds to see how other owners have transformed them!
Makeover Style #1: DECORATE
1. Add some curtains
Curtains give a pleasant and cosy feel to your own house so this can also work with your garden shed. The red and white curtains in this garden shed compliment the children’s drawings on the wall. Here are a few things you should consider when choosing the right curtains to suit your garden shed style;
- Colour – choose a colour or pattern that complements the colour palette of the garden shed interior.
- Fabric – opt translucent curtains in light colours to create a light and airy feel.
- Design – stay on trend with bold graphics or monochrome stripes
2. Chic features
Think flowers and lace. Or hearts as a feature like this one. This simple and effective idea can be created by hanging a selection of heart shaped items int the interior of your shed and you’ve got yourself a chic look.
3. Wallpaper all around
Be bold and opt for a vinrant wallpaper to jazz up any space. Used as a restroom, this wallpaper has created a total shed makeover. The spiral-and-circle wallpaper works interestingly cool inside alongside the functional utility.
4. Vinyl tile your flooring
Dress up the floors with a choice vinyl tile. More than an added appeal, this will help protect your floors from damages like its worst enemy – water.
Remember to keep the shed floor dry with these shed makeover tips;
- Use a polyethene vapour barrier to provide a blockade to moisture and prevent plant growth.
- Good ventilation will help any damp air disperse and keep the timbers dry. What is good ventilation? Most often for sheds, the underside can be left completely open to the atmosphere so damp air cannot accumulate.
- Stop moisture from getting in from above by using large eaves and gutters making water drain down onto the ground.
Makeover Style #2: ORGANIZE
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5. Keep it organised
If you want to keep the original purpose of your shed as a storage place for garden tools, but want a clutter free and organised space.try using these pegboards to organize your items. Plant pots are carefully perched on top of a sideboard whilst adding an overall decorative look to the whole interior. See how charming a storehouse can be by sheer organising?
Take a look how this organised garden shed looks stylish but functional.
(Photo Courtesy: http://www.marthastewart.com)
6. Use crates as custom cabinet
Stack up your items in custom-made shelving like this one using wooden crates. With their strength and durability, crates make great storage for heavy materials. Smaller items like funnels and scissors can be stored using hooks fastened inside the crate.
Anyone with a middle-sized garden will always have at least one shed. And it will spell escape, romance, privacy, nostalgia, creativity…. – Alexandra Campbell, The Middle-Sized Garden
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7. Mount a garden tool rack
Keep those large metallic shovels, pitchforks, rakes and hoes off the floor by placing them onto horizontal racks attached to a wall. This frees up loads of space for you to store other garden equipment.
Here’s a step-by-step guide on making garden tool racks.
8. Store in collector’s items
This quirky vintage cabinet is used to store equally-treasured finds. Do you have any valuables stashed at home? Why not use them in your shed makeover to create a gallery of loved pieces. Now sheds are definitely not for pots, tools, and outdoor equipment alone.
Make-over Style #3: RE-PURPOSE
9. Create a mini-library
Book-lovers will find this whimsical space a comforting retreat to enjoy their favourite books. One or two shelves will do inside a garden shed, but if you’ve got an enormous volume of reads, nothing can stop you from squeezing in more space for additional shelving. Place a comfy chair in a cosy corner where you can read and enjoy a warming cup of tea.
10. Or an office space
Sometimes we need a quiet place to concentrate on work and get away from distractions around the home. Get away from the noise of the kids and the blaring television with this shed makeover. Garden’s can give you just the right peace and quiet you need. Set up a desk for your computer and add in a comfortable chair to go with it. You’ve now made a private office right in your backyard.
11. Playhouse for your kids
How about somewhere for the kids to have fun and play in while keeping the house mess free? This shed pops with colour, decorated in bright shades and installed with all the fun and art stuff that will tickle any child’s spirit.
12. Games room for the teens
Bring in a pool billiard, their favourite musical instruments and some speakers. What teen wouldn’t love this space? Just don’t forget to soundproof your wall. This might seem like an extreme but once you’re done, it’s all leisure time for you.
(Photo Courtesy: http://www.housetohome.co.uk/)
13. She Shed for mom’s retreat
All-too-busy mums need some time for themselves too. So ladies, shape up your very own version of man cave and enjoy a stress-relieving, women-empowering, dream-like retreat.
If you’re looking for a spring of she shed ideas, Cassandra Lewis has a lot to share with you. Enjoy!
That’s why She Sheds are sweeping the nation. In an attempt to find some calm in their chaotic worlds, women all over are transforming ordinary sheds into blissful retreats. – Cassandra Lewis, Little Things
14. Pub for Dads
A bar shed complete with stash of bottles suggest everything pub-like. Transform your ordinary shed into a tavern with this shed makeover idea. A laid-back lounge for male friends and neighbors to socialize in.
15. How about an observatory?
Shed for an observatory? That is quite an astronomical vision! This shed’s owner found just the right spot for stargazing with a cool telescope, transforming the function of this once unexciting shed. Why not take up a cool new hobby and create a unique feature in your garden at the same time.
Here you can find out how to build one.
Make-over Style #4: ENLIVEN WITH COLOURS
16. Paint it bright
Make a shift from boring brown to electric blue (or whatever rich colour takes your fancy). This shed makeover makes a statement against the white walls and pebbles.
Have a look here for a simple guide on how to paint your wood shed.
17. Or paint in contrast
Warm and cool. These bold colours strike a really good balance among the greenery and florals. Nice job by Ms. Heidi. Try your own mix of contrasting colours and see how it transforms a rather drab shed.
18. How about a stripe?
If you are feeling bold and creative, why not go for a playful stripe? Makeover the doors of your shed with this stripey pattern. Look how it did a great job at breaking the monotony of a purple block of colour. A centerpiece within a centerpiece.
19. Or yet, paint a mural
This mural by Maria Yadegar would make a fun addition to any garden. Get creative with your paintbrush and make your garden shed into a piece of art. At this point, we’ve covered a lot of painting jobs. If you’re incredibly adept at it, good for you. You can always start whirling up your paint brushes. If not, best to call on the professionals.
Make-over Style #5: ADAPT NEW LOOK
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20. Do the classic garden-style
Live a garden life. Simply varnish your existing shed with dark brown stain and decorate with lush greens and flowering plants. Then add a matching outdoor dining set and relax. Take in all the garden view.
21. Make it more rustic
Classic look, yes. Appealing, definitely. There’s a perpetual charm in leaving a rustic thing as it is. One designer pot at the front of the exterior and a green field for the backdrop. Simple. We love the feel of it all together.
Our house had out buildings and acres of land. It was a pretty perfect place to live as an eight year old, our rural life, was shared with a menagerie of animals. – Lou Archell, Little Green Shed
22. Bird hide shed
It’s not a bird hide, but can be. It’s actually a garden shed all covered in green leaves. The owner seems to be having a lot of fun with it. I bet you will too. Building a bird hide creates a nature-inspiring activity for the whole family. You can create a wildlife garden right outside your home with these easy, fun tips.
23. Make it a beach house
Who say’s it’s a long walk to the shore? Well, a beach-life can be as near to you as your garden. Paint it a shade of blue and white for a seaside feel. Then spread pebbles, pebbles and more pebbles in your lot leading to the beach house, I meant, your garden shed-turned-to-beach house.
If you need more hints on how to create a seaside illusion, look here.
Your shed makeover doesn’t have to be grand or even perfect. A little tweak here and a splash of pieces there will make shed nothing short of special. All you need a handful of resources like these to get you rolling up your sleeves.
Do you have any other ideas that would make a great shed makeover? Let us know in the comments below!