Transform a dull shed into a gorgeous she-shed

She shed book
http://www.affirmpress.com.au ISBN 9781925344547 should you wish to purchase!

Breaking, breaking news: THE BOOK IS OUT…

Not so breaking news
The She Shed gets featured in Modern Gardens Magazine!

The lovely people at Modern Garden Magazine chose my she shed to grace their pages. Very proud.
The lovely people at Modern Garden Magazine chose my she shed to grace their pages. Very proud.

Ugly ducking gets a facelift

From ivy glad, to nightmare, then a beauty is born!
From ivy glad, to nightmare, then a beauty is born!

When is a garage not a garage? When you can’t get your car in it. So what to do is to turn it into something else that is far more useful and beautiful. I fancied a craft workshop where I can make things like my trellises and renovate furniture.

She shed book jacket
She shed book jacket

While all this was going on little did I know that a book about She-Sheds was hatching on the other side of the world and pretty soon I was invited to contribute and tell my story.

  • Affirm Press
  • ISBN 9781925344547 |
  • May 2016

And so the work continued

My garden while the builders were here….

The day I first clapped eyes on my little garden.
The day I first clapped eyes on my little garden. First thoughts were get rid of the grass and paint the door with fake panes of glass. It stood the test of time (the door idea) but eventually a major revamp was planned.
Builders before&after
Desolation when the builders were here, but look at it now!
When ivy was the thing to treasure...
Long ago when ivy was the thing to treasure…
Eeek! The ivy roots have taken hold.
Eeek! The ivy roots have taken hold.

OUTSIDE
My garden has undergone several grand facelifts, the most dramatic being when the builders nearly destroyed it.
My disused garage was next on the list for a bit of love.
The building used to looked lovely cloaked in ivy several years ago. I even had fun stenciling the door. But the ivy started to cause damage to the structure, so it had to go. But disaster, the roots had imbedded themselves into the pebble-dash and looked terrible. So awful that I had  to have the surface clad with timber.

I also want lots of light in my creative space and so a pair of french doors were acquired for free as a friends neighbour was replacing her conservatory. Did I mention that I’m on a budget too?

The green wall planting. Winter plants on their summer holidays.
The green wall planting. Winter plants on their summer holidays.

Work has started and so my New Year project is to paint my new workspace doors. Then I might build one of my bespoke trellises to grow more manageable climbers such as clematis. Or I might place one of my favourite Acers beside the doors; its red and bronze leaves will look spectacular against the natural wood. I’m even tempted with a vertical planting idea or a ‘green wall’.

Horrid, horrid, horrid!
Horrid, horrid, horrid!
Taking shape.
Taking shape.

But painting will have to be wait until the spring when the weather gets better. This will give me time to decide.

APRIL 2015

Its now several months into the renovation and the door frames still need to be painted. But best of all I have taken delivery of a beautiful japansese acer. It softens the look of the building  and certainly makes a statement. Next purchase is a pot. Terracotta? Still undecided. Also shall I leave the wood to weather? Only time will tell.

Worth spending the extra cash on a larger one.
Worth spending the extra cash on a larger one.
Outside doors painted and makes the outside look lovely!
Outside doors painted and makes the outside look lovely!

November 2015
I finished the painting of the doors in August and took some photos as my She-Shed as really did look gorgeous. Garden News ran a picture of it one week and I was very proud. Then I put an image on Instagram just for fun and could not believe that a publisher is interested in my story. They have  invited a contribution to a book on She-Sheds. Wooohoo, how fantastic!

So I have been busy (very)  getting the inside into shape, writing the story and taking photographs. I’ll show you when I get the thumbs up. But now I need to sit and relax, in the she-shed of course.

4 thoughts on “Transform a dull shed into a gorgeous she-shed”

  1. Well done, what a lovely transformation. The question now is, do you spend your time inside with your projects or sit outside admiring your handy work?

  2. Read the article in Modern Gardens.
    Such a beautiful garden and she-shed!
    I feel so inspired to make the most of my garden space too.
    Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    1. Thank you Antonia. I don’t often get feed back from any of my daft ideas, but the she-shed has really taken off!
      If you are an instagramer check out gilllockhart for easy garden stuff and inspiration.

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