ic Kathe With an E: My New Gardening Shed

Saturday, June 9, 2012

My New Gardening Shed

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, we were going to spend 
the Memorial Day weekend moving a shed.
This shed was included in the sale when we bought our home 8 years ago. 
 It sat at the back of the, very much abused, side yard.
The side yard was where everything
we didn't know what to do with,
had replaced or was broken.
went to live,
with the exception of my gardening bench, 
more on that another time.

It is also where the A/C unit sits, 
and a storage bin and my water barrels
And my former spray paint station.
Pretty impressive, no?
No, it is not!
It is just a messy and useless
part of our property.
Not at all what I like to see!

Now, Mr. B's dream house would have

included a three car garage.
Room for both of us to safely park 
our cars
and additional space for him 
to be able to do the woodworking and
home brewing that he loves!

8 years ago a house

with a three car garage was not in our budget!

He has been a trooper 

and when he wants to work
on his hobbies he pulls the cars out of the garage
and then has to set out all of his equipment.
It's a hassle and I knew 
he wasn't happy.
Therefore, a few months ago
I suggested that if we moved the shed
he could use the vacated space 
to build himself a shop.
Me and my big ideas!

Well that got the wheels in his ole brain
a spinning!  
The plans now include the pouring
of a concrete slab
for his new space to sit on,
electricity,  of course,
and a door from the back of the garage into
the workshop.
Yeah, me and my great ideas...
Mr. B and I do make a great team
when it comes to projects but,
moving the shed was a bigger,
let's call it adventure,
than I had imagined.

Because of a large maple tree in the way
the shed was going to have to 
be taken apart and
moved to here.
(so not gonna miss seeing that ugly fence)

And put back together.

First we had to empty the shed

as well as move some of the crap
stuff around it.
All covered with a tarp
to protect from weather and
cotton from the cottonwood trees that surround our home.

Mr. B assessing the project.

We have come to learn

that nothing comes easy with this house,
and that was so with the shed.
Instead of being nailed or screwed together
it was held together 
a gazillion and twenty staples.
Long staples.

This meant that Mr. B was 
going to have to beat it apart 
with a sledge hammer and then
cut the staples with a sawsall.

Hard. Hot. Work.

I was in charge of fetching tools and 
ice water. 
I also had to help move the walls as they came off.
When I told Mr. B I didn't think I could lift the
front wall, the heaviest piece,
he looked me dead in the eye and said
"I know you can".
And, I could and, I did.
 Once we got to this point we decided to call it a day.

The next day, Sunday, was a much cooler day.
We were rested and ready to go.
Mr. B took a strap and wrapped it around the shed,
threw the strap over his shoulder
and pulled it from against the house!
That's my strong like bull hubby!
Step back gals, he's taken!
From there, we just worked steadily as
the pieces all came off.

The easiest part of the project was moving
the bottom piece over to it's new home.
We were kind of concerned about what 
we would find behind where the shed was.
We were quite surprised to find no mice.
No snakes (thank you sweet baby Jesus! That would have ended it for me!).
Just decomposing leaves and spiders.

From that point it was just
like putting a puzzle together.
No staples this time though,
Mr. B screwed it back together.
Of course that did mean
he had to cut all of the gazillion and twenty staples off first.

But, finally, progress was being made.

And thus ended day two.

Monday, Memorial Day,

Mr. B worked alone.  
He didn't want my help.
He wanted me to have at least one day off
for the long weekend.
He had already arranged to take the
rest of the week off from work
for this project.
We were pretty happy that it didn't take
as long as we thought.
It wasn't as easy as we had hoped it would be
but, it was moved.

I did take pictures of his work though.

He had to put a new roof on.

 Put the trim back on.
Put a new porch floor down.
While I was at work on Tuesday he put 
new shingles on the roof and 
it was done!

He took the rest of the week and

cleaned up the area
and rested.
The following weekend
I added my touches and
I LOVE my new little garden shed!
She cleaned up real nice!
I added a window box with flowers
a bench, which is the very first thing
Mr. B made for me 8 years ago,
(do I repaint or leave it chippy?)
and a pink weathered pot with mums for a pop of color.
I didn't take photos of the inside
but we got rid of a ton of stuff
and now my gardening tools
are easy for me to get to.
Mr. B added a few shelves
making it even more organized!
I do want to make a sign for the door
but haven't come up with what 
I want it to say.
Do you have any ideas??
It may take some time, and money,
but now Mr. B can draw up the plans
for his dream workshop!
I may have some ideas of my own... 

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  1. great teamwork! my favorite garden sign is "Gardeners know the best dirt" :)

  2. Wow what a big project! You did a great job moving the shed and it is super cute now! Leave the bench chippy...love it!

  3. Wow that was quite the process. I thought you meant just picking it up and moving it. Mr. B is a great worker too! IT looks great! The bench as it is, is kind of charming. It would look good painted or as it is. I dont know what I would put on the sign. Great job you two!

  4. I just love watching other people work. You all were a worthy "show". I can just imagine how good it feels to have such a huge endeavor behind you and so successfully. I recently took apart a bunch of boards stapled together with those long staples. I pulled them all out with needlenose pliers. Took quite a bit of time and effort. Can't imagine having to deal with a whole shed full! I say leave the bench chippy. It's really cute. Love that your shed has a front porch!

  5. Looks like the play house I always dreamed of! You are TWO in a million, a team for sure! Great idea, there Missy!


  6. What a great idea! I wonder why the former owners would put a shed where they did!? Your husband must be so excited about his workshop and seeing that shed moved and looking so good has got to ramp up the motivation! It looks wonderful (and so cute!).

  7. So Super Cute- I love the Flowers! They add a great color splash to your shed! I will work on a name for your shed... just give me some time to think of it! :) It looks really nice though Kathe! Nice work you two!

  8. WOW! What a guy! Precious shed; leave the bench as it is...so cute!

  9. Love your shed, I am so jealous. What a great husband, too.

    I researched a few sayings for your sign.I'm sure you will come across a lot more.

    Carl Sandburg: “Nothing happens unless first a dream.”
    Victor Hugo: “There is nothing like a dream to create the future.”
    Walt Disney : "If you can dream it, you can do it"

    Thanks for sharing at Restyled Sundays.

  10. Amazing transformation! Now be honest, how many tablecloths/dishes can you fit in there?

  11. What an adorable little shed! Looks like it was a lot of hard work to move it, but it looks SO much cuter now!


  12. Oh Kathe, What a nice project! That IS a beautiful shed and it looks SO NICE in it's new local!!! Mr B was SO CUTE flexing his manliness!!! I (((LOVED))) reading your story and smiled all the way through. I know the look you gave him when he needed your help BECAUSE I've been there "TOO Many TIMES"! Oh I LOVE the bench JUST like it is!!!
    Have a FUN WEEK,
    Big Hugs to you,

  13. Wow, looks great. I'd leave the bench chippy. I have a similar red one and it just gets better with age.

  14. Great job. I too, had the job of bringing ice water for the Hubs this weekend :) Leave the bench the way it is ... is my vote! Found you from the Manic Monday linky party.

  15. I might have given up when I saw the staples (hate those things). Great job! Why not do a wreath for the door, that way you can change it out for the seasons. Just a thought.

  16. What a job! Makes your whole side yard look so much better!stopping by from Met Monday.

  17. Well, that worked out well in the end, Kathe! It looks great in its new spot and I love how you decorated the outside of it.

  18. IMPRESSIVE ! Your hubby is definitely "strong like bull!" You two make a great team - enjoy your new shed location...


  19. I laughed at the part where he looked you in the eye and said you could do it!

    It is a job well done and I look forward to seeing what he cooks up.

    Thank you for linking up on today's It’s a Wrap Link Party at Artful Rising.


  20. Wow, what a big job, but I'm sure you're delighted with the result. Love the flower box and little bench in front.
    Mary Alice

  21. Oh Kathe I love it! All of the hard work was worth it! I bet you love looking at it all the time now!

  22. AMAZING!!! what a big job - but well worth it - love your new little shed and your husband can now have fun planning his own space too!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  23. Great job on this! Love the pretty flowers and bench to doll it up a bit. Bet hubby is excited to have his own space

  24. Its totally cute as it is! What a handy hubs!

  25. It looks great - I loved looking at the photos of the transformation.

  26. The shed turned out great, Kathe. It looked like quite a lot of work but it will be nice to have extra space. Thanks for showing us the project as it was being built and the final result. Thanks for coming to Your Cozy Home Party. --------------- Shannon

  27. Amazing work! I love the little details too.

    Mrs. Delightful

  28. Nice job! That's a lot of hard work. Thank you for sharing this project.

  29. It's adorable! It cleaned up real nice. Wish I had a garden shed. I need one. First though, I need one of those fabulous live-in builders you have. What a great guy. You're a lucky woman!

  30. You did a great job with the shed. It was a big project but, it turned out wonderful. Congrats!

  31. Wow! I'm impressed! The hubs and I don't make a good team like that! Probably due to the fact that neither of us have the confidence in me lifting and moving walls! Great job!

    I love the little touches you added to the shed! Can't wait to see your hubby's shop!

    Stopping by via the Cozy Home Party!

  32. Awww. what a great little shed. Glad you gave it new life!

  33. What an adorable shed. I love the bench you have in front of it! Megan

  34. Wow...now that is a project! It looks great, I know you are going to enjoy it :) Thanks for sharing.

  35. That was a huge amount of work, but what a lovely result! I love the window box and I really like the chippy bench.

  36. A lot of work but it looks great! I love the "porch" look! Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party!


  37. GREAT WORK!! WOW!! I love the bench AS IS. I would not change a single thing. I love it! Also, your sign should say something of the love you have for gardening. I'm finding you are the only one that knows exactly what it should say ;) Can't wait to hear!

  38. Very cute, love the addition of the window box.You must be a southern girl-you figured out how to get what you wanted and made the hubby happy to do it for you! LOL

  39. It looks so cute, especially with the window box :)

  40. Now that's what I call work!!! The end result is great! Love the idea of adding a sign!

    Thanks for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  41. My husband built a garden shed for me from the "bones" of an old wooden play structure/swingset the kids outgrew. We call it the "Love Shack".

  42. Seldom are projects as simple in the execution as they "seem" in the dream. lol I like how you "prettied" up the shed with the window box and bench. EVERYTHING benefits from a woman's touch, don't you think?

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday this week, Kathe. Did you see that I have a giveaway you can enter?

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

  43. That sure was worth the effort! It is so cute now, and I bet you will enjoy it more!

  44. Beautiful results on your project. Hopping by to say Hi. Visiting from Katherines Corner blog hop. I enjoy photography but yet to perfect that hobby. LOL I follow you as Kathy B. Please come visit when you can, your always Welcome. Http://www.southernmadeintheshade.blogspot.com

  45. What a project, but the end result is beautiful! Very inspiring post. I'm a New Follower.


  46. What a project, but the end result is beautiful! Very inspiring post. I'm a New Follower.


  47. Very cool! You both did an awesome job!

  48. So happy for the both of you, how awesome!

    That is such a cute shed....I think I would have had to make it into a girlie tea house, haha - totally impractical, but would have been sorely tempted to do so!

    LOVE it and can't wait to - one day- see your Mr. B's dream workshop! Has he considered adding heating to it? I know my hubs would do anything to have been able to do so.

  49. Wow..I love it! This is so amazing, the cute pots in the front is such a happy detail.. :) Thanks for linking up at friday fun party. Have a great weekend!

  50. This looks fantastic! Thanks for following Flaunt It Friday at Blissful Bucket List! :) Don't forget to follow Blissful Bucket List so that we can continue sharing ideas!!! :)

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  51. That was a lot of work, but an awesome pay off! Great job!

  52. Wow!! It looks amazing! And can you believe how much more room you have over on the side of the house with the shed pulled out (: Can't wait to see what you guys do over there as well. Great job!!

    Just became a new follower...

  53. Oh my what a project. More work then I think I want to do. The bench is good just as is and your pop of pink is beautiful. Great work together.

  54. I love how this turned out. You really have vision. Great teamwork...Connie

  55. What a lot of work but such a enormous reward seeing that adorable little shed after you put your pretty touches to it. How funny, you sweet hubby worked so very hard at disassembling it and rebuilding it and we notice you sweet little touches first. Lol. I wish I was witty enough to come up with something for your sign but I will be checking back to see what everyone comes up with. Also I will be back for your party on Tuesday. Thank you for sharing this at Freedom Fridays.

  56. Kathe,
    What a ton of work but it looks so great... we need to do that ourselves... but it seems so overwhelming... Thanks so much for sharing this... I just love it...
    Thanks for linking up to the ALL STARS BLOCK PARTY!!!!

  57. What a re-do! Great job.

  58. I just stumbled upon your blog and love your garden shed. Seeing what it was and what it became made me think of this quote I came upon on Pinterest.

    "Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly."

  59. Wow Kathe, moving that shed was a big job. It looks so pretty in it's new found spot. The window box and bench are the icing on the cake. Looks cute enough to move in to now. Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.

  60. I love your new gardening shed. What a wonderful husband you have to do such a project for you.

    I too have a wonderful husband who did a similar thing for me. We live in the country and had a room addition to a former mobile home rental on our property which also had an existing wood burning Franklin stove in it.
    My husband painted and re-roofed the shed. He added a porch, Victorian posts and gingerbread trim. I added window boxes like yours and other trim.

    Yard sale cabinets, shelves and racks for garden tools and supplies, a vintage cement sink, plumbing, electricity and a fan with a light in it were added inside.

    Two tall kitchen cabinets with an old closet door over the top made a great potting bench. I keep a large plastic trash can with lid on a rolling pot dolly for potting soil under the bench.
    To finish I added yard sale lace curtains at the windows and sage green sheet drapes around all the benches to hide the ugly shelves.

    A green house, chicken house/pen and new raised bed garden and espalier orchard will surround the shed in the future.

    Many hours of enjoyment have been spent growing pretty plants for the yard.

    Thanks for sharing your gardening shed story.
    Mrs. J.

  61. Looks great. Found you over at Gail's MRL.

  62. What a hardworking handyman Mr.B is! The shed turned out awesome! Looks like a cute tiny playhouse!
    Thank you so much for sharing at Passion Parade Link Soiree!


  63. Too cute! Y'all did a great job. I'm so jealous.

    {my simple messterpiece}

  64. FABULOUS! Crossing my fingers you'll share at my party! Saturdays at Seven!

    XO, Aimee

  65. I am so jealous! I so want a garden shed but there isn't a good spot for one in our yard. And I am so glad you didn't have any unwanted resident in there. Thanks for sharing on Tout It Tuesday!

  66. Sounds your hubby is a keeper! We've been wanting to have a shed in our backyard but no luck yet so it's fun to see how you have it decorated. I'd leave the bench as it is..but I love shabby chic things. I'm so glad you shared this at Sunday Blog Love!

  67. Wow! Your shed looks great in its new spot! You've done it justice! Thank you so much for stopping by. I always enjoy your visit!

  68. Your shed looks great. I like the bench with the chipped look, I think it looks old and gives it some character. Thanks for sharing at Showcase Your Talent Thursday!

  69. What a great job Kathe! I love how it turned out and I LOVE all the great pics! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

  70. Awesome job! It's adorable! Great space for it, great organization. I want one! ;) Thanks so much for sharing!

  71. Wow, I need something like this. The side of my house is a mess! This is awesome, great job! I would love you to share it on my linky party!
    Marcie @ www.IGottaTryThat.com

  72. How nice!! I may be a little green that you have en entire shed for your garden things. Oh to dream.:) Thanks for sharing with us at Link it Up Thursday.

  73. Kathe,
    This turned out great! I love the flowers in the hanging box and the little stool out front. Great team work. Thanks for linking up to Creative Thursday :) Have a wonderful week.

  74. Beautiful! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  75. Projects and moments shared are so very special! Loved reading and seeing the photos - the new/old shed looks great! Delightsome post! I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  76. Thank you for participating in Show Your Stuff Blog Hop, You are invited to come back:

  77. This looks absolutely amazing!! Great job! We appreciate you linking up to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday". Hope you'll come back soon! -The Sisters

  78. Congratulations your post is being featured at tonights party @ CountryMommaCooks...thanks for linking up : )