November 23, 2014

My Cute Little DIY Garden Shed

I want to share my Mother’s Day present with you all. I really do have a wonderful husband and daughter! For Mother’s Day they built me a little garden shed from old windows and doors that we’d been saving.  It is so, so, SO cute!

DIY Garden Shed from Upcycled Materials

I’ve been needing a place to corral my most used gardening tools. I actually did a post on small garden sheds last March which you can see here  (see I do an inspiration post and a year later I actually do the project :) ).  There’s one there that was the inspiration for the one they made me.

Garden Shed made from old windows and doors

The french door I found maybe 5 or 6 years ago in a neighbors trash. I hung unto it because I’ve always wanted to make a greenhouse from old windows and doors. It was perfect for this project since I just needed a little shed! We also have lots of windows – two of which make up the roof.  The whole thing is bolted to a platform built from leftover wood from other projects.

garden shed

I used to have a raised bed in this spot, but on one side are our blueberry bushes and behind the fence is a border with Crepe Myrtles and Gardenias. The roots were finding their way into that raised bed making it very difficult to plant. So the shed is in between my strawberry bed and my netted blueberry bushes.

concrete pig statue with wings

I also got a pig with wings! I love pigs!


I have a pinterest board all about cute pigs and my bulletin board in my office is covered with pig photos from calendars and different cards my daughter has made me with pigs on the cover like this one. That’s her and me!

inside small garden shed

My husband is going to add a few shelves inside for me so I can put some pots and my garden trowels etc in there. We also may add some chicken wire to the roof opening. That depends on whether the birds decide they want to fly in there or not. If we can find some decorative trim for the “gable” area of the roof, we’ll add that too.

bench with flowers to be planted

I put a little bench on the side there to hold things I’m going to plant. Those are all perrenials I got at Lowe’s for $2.50 each! Apparently they also had a bunch of Knockout rose bushes for really cheap that I just missed.  They also had onions, potatoes, ginger, daylilly bulbs etc for $1.00 a bag.  So go check your Lowe’s if you’re in Georgia! Some of these flowers will be planted around my shed – won’t that be pretty!

small diy garden shed

Look another place to hang a wreath! Ha, ha! I’m also thinking of painting the door. Maybe red, maybe blue? What do you think? I don’t want to paint the whole thing red because it’ll look like one of those British phone booths! So I was thinking just the door in a color would be pretty.

I’m so happy to have a place to put my gardening tools! The vegetable garden is looking really pretty. I can’t wait to show you the rest!
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  1. It looks so darn cute!! I love it. You do have a great daughter and husband!

  2. Oh that is so so so so cute! Love that pretty hardware. I have had a door like that in the garage for 10 years now :) Glad I’m not the only one who hangs on to things! I hit the clearance section at Lowe’s this week too, wasn’t it great?! And all the bulbs at Home Depot are half off too. Can’t wait to see your garden! I bet it’s growing like crazy.

  3. That was so sweet of them to build this for you. So cute and functional too. Red would be a wonderful idea for the door!

  4. This just too cute!! I LOVE the knob on the door.


  5. It’s genius! Love it! Coming over from Budget Decorating Party!

  6. Too cute, Manuela! I love the way it turned out. Of course you have to paint the door red! It wouldn’t be your little garden shed if the door wasn’t red. ; ) Well, red or yellow. I was just at Lowe’s today. I bought a few perennials and some annuals. I was going to look at the roses {I only have room for the one bush} but since I was at $100.00 already, I figured I would wait until next week.

    Thought of you today when I split a hosta. There was a funny bare spot on one side of our condo that had one hosta and it is where I had planted my hydrangeas last year, so I took a bit from that one hosta and put it in the empty spot. So now I have hydrangea, hosta, hydrangea, hosta, hydrangea. It looks much better!

  7. Really cute! They did a great job.

  8. What a darling, little shed! I love the way you used gathered materials. I hope you will show us when the shelves have been added and you make any other changes. It’s just the perfect, little place to store your garden things.

  9. Oh that is so darling! I think I pinned something similar to this… I love this idea. How very thoughtful of your hubby and daughter to create a cute little garden closet! :) happy for you.

    I’m saving some doors in my barn for something like this too. Don’t know that I’ll ever see it come together…but the parts are there!
    “When pigs fly~!” … that’s what I say!


  10. Doreen@househoneys says:

    This is beyond adorable! I love that it was made from windows for a song. How sweet that your family did this for you. LOVE the pig card too! lol.

  11. HI Manuela, love this. I have some doors like this I have on my back porch. They make me sooooo happy! Love your little pigs too. We have 4 little pigs and they are so funny how they interact with each other. I love them. great job. yay for you.

    • Manuela says:

      Thank you Debbie! Oh little pigs! They are so so cute. I bet yours a fun to watch. You need a pig cam and then post the video on your blog!

  12. Oh, this is a darling little building. How clever! And, your flowers! I just moved to a colder climate and know very little about bulbs, but this mountain home has some very pretty flowers coming up. This was a very nice Mother’s Day gift to you!

  13. Too cute! It did remind me of a British phone booth — but that’s a good thing, right? If you go blue won’t that be like the Tardis (Dr. Who)?

  14. Judy Clark says:

    Oh Manuela! How darling! That is the cutest thing I have ever seen. How special that your family built it for you. Anxious to see the shelves and know you will get so much use out of it.


  15. I too am enamoured by your doorknob! Your lil shed is cute white but I can easily see it painted red or yellow with a wreath on the front. My mom’s day card said “thank for ‘raisin’ me” –perfect for this mom who despises raisins as an insult to law-abiding grapes, lol!

  16. What a sweet, sweet present! I love to re-cycle and re-use things too. You might guess I’d paint the door blue
    Rose H

  17. What an awesome gift! I have always wanted one of those darling little buildings, you lucky girl:>) I cxan totally see the door in red.

  18. When we saw the movie “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, there was this very cute shed and I was seriously coveting for it! …and…Yours looks as cute if not cuter… now, I’m back to coveting other’s goods !! Looking forward to more of your beautiful garden inspirations:)

  19. Cute Cute! What a clever use of old doors and windows. I think I’d close it in at the top somehow too to keep birds and bees out. :) Pam

  20. That is PRECIOUS! What a sweet gift! I am not sure about the color, red or blue? Hmmmm, can’t wait to see what you choose:) Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

  21. That is so cute! and yes, I would put up the chicken wire or something at the top, because (as you can see from my latest blog post) birds will nest anywhere! Especially robins. I think I would paint the door yellow. I like yellow, it is bright and cheery.

  22. I am practically squealing about this because I LOVE it! We happen to have some old French doors that I have been trying to use. We also had some windows but I’ve pretty much used them up. Think my mom might have some though. Or the reStore.

    This is more than adorable, and it has Manuela written all over it.

  23. So cute – they did a great job. Chicken wire at the top would probably be a good idea, not only because of birds, but squirrels also.

  24. Hi Manuela,

    Such a creative and practical project for your gardening tools! Although red is probably my favourite colour, in this case, I agree with you re: the British phone booth resemblance, so, I would go with the blue of that shabby shutter; so much character! Plus, it would complement all your pretty flowers so well.


  25. Hi Manuela,
    It is fabulous! Such a true gift from loving hearts who knew how much you would love this. It’s the perfect addition to your wonderful gardens.

  26. Love, love, love your little garden shed! What a wonderful gift from your hubby and daughter. Also love that blue shutter you have leaning against the fence.

  27. Now that is too sweet.

  28. Oh my, your garden shed is GORGEOUS! How lucky are you!? You have a wonderful daughter and husband, who would build that adorable shed for you. How about pink for the door, a not light or real bright, but in between, just a thought!
    Hugs, Cindy

  29. Super cute!! That door knob is my favorite part!!!

  30. What a wonderful gift, now you have me wanting one. I just love it:) Thanks for sharing at the Cabin’s BUDGET DECORATING PARTY!

  31. I’m in LOVE. I so much want a little shed in my garden. It would have to be a tiny shed just like yours. I am going to start hunting for doors and windows.

    Enjoy your wonderful shed!

  32. so adorable! What a fabulous addition to your backyard- I love upcycled old door projects- this is so great! I’d love to make a kids play house with old doors. thanks for inspiring me! SO glad you shared at Give Me the Goods Monday LInk Party!

  33. …sigh, someday I will have something like this in my back yard! I love the use of old windows and doors to create something so beautiful! xoox, tracie

  34. This garden shed is perfect! Love the use of the old French door so you get a glimpse of the inside. I would paint it the same blue (distressed) as on the shutters leaning against the fence (without the flashing light and whirring noises, I don’t think it will look like the Tardis at all!). Popped over from Fishtail’s Garden Party. Wendy

  35. This is adorable! I need something small like this for my back yard. This would be perfect! You could paint the door the color of that teal shutter on the picture:)

    • Manuela says:

      Thank you! It’s really the perfect size! Yes, I’m torn between red which is my favorite color and teal/aqua which is my second favorite color :)

  36. Adorable! Swinging by from that DIY party.

  37. I am loving this. So light filled and pretty to look at. Pinning this too. I had to add you to my blogroll to make sure I don’t miss any posts. So fun over here at your blog.

  38. This is such a fabulous idea. looks so cute, I want it!!