Cottage Garden Shed Makeover – Vision and Plans

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Today I'm sharing our cottage garden shed makeover plans and I can't wait to show you all my vision!

I cannot wait to get started on our cottage garden shed makeover! Today I want to share my vision and plans for our backyard space, and hopefully you guys will see the potential just like I can! 

This cottage garden shed makeover is something I have dreamed about for a very long time. Since our home was a bit of a fixer upper, the shed and outdoor space was sort of put on the back burner these last 8 years. 

If you were following along on Instagram last summer, you know that we took on the mammoth task of installing a fence all on our own. It took over a month to complete, but we are so happy with the way it all turned out. 

Here are some pictures I took after we completed it last summer.

Our white picket fence with stacked stone underneath
Our cottage style home now has a white picket fence that surrounds the backyard, with stacked stone underneath
white fence with stacked stone

Cottage Garden Shed Makeover Plans…

Ever since finishing the fence, we knew we desperately needed to show our little cottage garden shed some attention. It was leaning to one side, and the roof was leaking in a few areas. 

Sharing my dreams of our cottage garden shed

My husband has always said that he wants to tear it down, but personally I think it is just so charming and quaint, and I convinced my husband that it truly could be so so beautiful. 

Our cottage garden shed has so much potential

Last fall we decided to put a new roof on the shed and add some supports inside to improve it’s structure, and this year I have so many dreams of what the outside of it could look like. 

The first thing I really want to address is the ugly garage door. It is extremely difficult to lift, and it is adding a lot of weight to the beams inside of the structure as well. I had this vision of removing the garage door and adding two beautiful carriage doors, but they were so extremely expensive brand new.

Like I do in most cases when I’m trying to save money, I turned to Facebook marketplace. I couldn’t believe it…within minutes I had found two beautiful antique doors that were only an hour away. 

Antique carriage doors will add so much charm to our cottage shed!

They definitely needed some repair, scraping and sanding, but I knew they would be so perfect for our shed. 

Beautiful carriage doors will add so much charm to our garden shed

Our plan is to refinish the doors and install them this spring, and I know that the doors alone will do wonders for our shed. 

Refinishing old carriage doors for our garden shed

Another thing I would like to add to the shed is cedar shake. I’m not sure where it would go, maybe under the arch on the front? And of course we need to paint the sides of the shed and the board and batten along the front as well. 

To the right of shed is another huge project that we tackled last year. I have always dreamed of having a vegetable garden, and this little area seemed like the perfect spot. We were given a ton of wood and white stone last summer and I decided to utilize it for raised beds. 

Our diy planter boxes in our cottage garden
Diy garden beds

What I didn’t realize is that pressure treated wood is actually a no no for garden boxes bc of the chemicals that can leak into your soil. 

my plans for our cottage garden

To all of my avid gardeners – is there a way that I can still make these boxes work? I would hate to have to tear them all out. I have done a bit of research and some people use plastic stapled all along the insides of their pressure treated boxes, others have used all natural sealers.

I also saw one gentlemen use gravel and mulch on the bottoms of his beds so that any drainage from the lumber would settle there instead of the soil. Do you guys have any thoughts on this?

My vision for our cottage vegetable garden

Either way, I love how this little area looks and I can’t wait until it’s cleaned up and filled with greens. 

Cottage garden shed makeover plans

Our DIY pea gravel patio needs to be tidied up as well, and once we pull our DIY outdoor table out from the shed and the flowers begin popping up around the boxelder tree, this space is really so charming.

Pea gravel patio

I’ll share a few photos I took last summer when everything was starting to bloom…

Our cottage patio in the spring
DIY pea gravel patio
Our pea gravel patio in the summertime

Cottage Garden Front Yard Plans…

cottage garden flower beds

I’m sure you already know what our flower beds look like in the summertime, but right now they are very dead looking and bare. We need to touch up the paint on our DIY window boxes and shutters, pull leaves out of our beds and add fresh mulch. 

I will be cleaning out my flower beds very soon!

At the end of May I usually buy flowers for our boxes, and I can’t wait to take you guys along! 

Cottage home exterior makeover

We also need to show our porch some attention…my plan is to strip it all down and start fresh. Some new rockers and flowers will be so beautiful once the weather warms up. 

Our front porch needs to be stripped and refinished

You may have noticed our new storm door from HMI doors! It is absolutely stunning and I will be sharing all the details about our new door in a future blog post, once our porch is all cleaned up and ready for summertime. 

I can't wait to give our front porch a makeover this spring!

So what do you guys think about my cottage garden shed makeover plans? If you live in the same planting zone as me, I’d love to hear any tips or tricks you have for vegetable gardens! We’ve never had one before so I am definitely a bit nervous about it. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today friends! 

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12 Comments

  1. Clearly, you two have already put in a great deal of time and effort to transform your property. And so it continues with your outdoor spaces. I personally appreciate your sharing the journey and look forward to seeing more. Your video was delightful. Cheers, Ardith

    1. Ardith you are so kind! Thank you so much for telling me that. Doing everything ourselves can sometimes be very hard and overwhelming, but when we finish it’s always worth it! 🙂

  2. Your home is just beautiful. Thank you for sharing!! I can’t wait to see the transformation of the shed. Thanks for the reminder not to use treated wood in a garden and don’t forget to use a LeadCheck Swab on paint, especially peeling paint. I can’t wait to see what you do with your garden and the rest of your yard this year!

    1. Thank you so much for those reminders! We’ll see what we end up doing with the garden boxes. I’m so bummed about that! I’m sure we’ll come up with a solution. 🙂

  3. I love how cozy your house is from the outside!! It’s soo cute! I actually live a few houses down! I don’t have much of a green thumb so whatever tips you have or get I’d love to use! We are hoping to give our yard some TLC after working inside for the last couple years.. Still so much more to go inside and out. Seeing your house always gives me such inspiration since I feel like sometimes mine is just a never ending project!

    1. Hey Tiffani!! Oh my word no way!!! I really don’t have a green thumb either haha! I just enjoy getting my hands dirty and getting out in the garden 🙂 You are so so sweet, anytime you are walking by stop by and say hello!! I am right there with you on the projects, they are never ending haha!!

  4. Hi Andrea,
    I’m in love with your DIY pea gravel patio. Do you have a tutorial on how you folks did this? If not could you share how you tackled this amazing project? I enjoy all your posts and you and your husband are an inspiration to many.
    Thank you,
    Annie

    1. Hi Annie! We don’t, but I get asked about it all the time! We just laid down two layers of weed blocker…that black fabric you see in the garden section! Then we set up our border with pavers and just filled the rest with gravel we picked up from a local quarry. I hope that helps you! 🙂

  5. Loving the cute little ‘flower’ by your picket fence!
    Your yard shows all the hard work you put in! Beautiful!

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