These garden shed ideas show creative ways to paint and decorate your shed to make it unique. The pictures are from home gardens and range from rustic to colorful.
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Lots of Garden Shed Ideas
These sheds come from several sources:
- My Old Website
I used to have a website called The Garden Shed Hall of Fame. Readers would submit their shed images for inclusion in the gallery. Some of them have been fan favourites for years. I love it when I hear from the shed makers all these years later and it’s really fun to see how they have updated their creations.
- Garden Tours
I visit a lot of gardens each year and try to take a snapshot of any sheds I see. Sometimes it’s on a garden tour and it’s really tricky to get a good shot (they get busy), but I do my best to get the picture without including any people in them. The guiding principle is to always respect privacy first, so I do not identify names or locations in my photos unless specifically requested.
- My Shed
I also have my own shed. It started as quite an eyesore, but it got a paint makeover a couple of summers ago and now I enjoy decorating it with junky treasures.
Shed Building Plans
I often get emails asking for building plans for the sheds. Unfortunately, I’m just the photographer and have no other information. I suggest browsing options on Amazon and see if your library has the book you want or can order it for you.
Garden Shed Idea Gallery
Shed With Clematis
I saw this first shed on a garden tour and immediately fell in love with the design and the furnishings.
One of the little red, metal chairs is featured in my Garden Art Chair Gallery.
The scalloped shingles really enhance the appearance and, of course, the clematis, window boxes, and plants, are perfection.
If you want to know about growing clematis, here’s a guide that simplifies it: Clematis: Easy Care Guide.
Here’s the view from the side of the shed porch:
Make a Mini Potting Shed from Old Doors
This project is from the book, Upcycling Outdoors: 20 Creative Garden Projects Made from Reclaimed Materials by Max McMurdo. You can see the complete tutorial here.
My Shed Makeover
It started with a good shed with ugly siding and paint…
I had procrastinated with the paint job because I thought it would be complicated. Turns out, it’s super simple to paint vinyl siding.
You can read how I did it here: Before and After Shed Makeover.
We painted the shed a light gray and used a bold blue for the door. I added a spiral of blue and white plates to decorate it.
This fall I decided to give the shed another decor makeover. I challenged myself to only use supplies I already owned. It’s amazing what you find around the house!
If you’d like to see more details, go here: Rustic Fall Shed Makeover.
This barn-style shed would not be too expensive to build if you used chipboard instead of barn board or plywood.
Cut Log Shed
This little building is used as a potting shed.
Two Different Doors Shed
Like the shed names I invent? Ok. Don’t answer that. It’s hard to describe sheds!
I love the two different paint colours on the doors. There’s something about the quirky doors with the formality of the rose bed that I adore.
Moon and Stars Shed
How fun is this one? This would be one fabulous hideout for naps!
After visiting this garden, I realized I never looked in the turret. I see there are stairs in the shed. Now I’m curious!
I love the design but I’m not sure I’d want to leave the cutouts (moon and stars) open. I’d probably screen them. Otherwise, I imagine a lot of bats would be happy in there…
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Scrap Metal Shed
And now for something completely different. I quite like the dilapidated look with the rose at the front.
Is This What I Think It Is? Shed
I don’t know! It’s either a loo or small tool shed and we may never know the truth. No matter what, it’s cute.
White Shed With Green Trim
Based on the chimney, it appears this shed either houses a pool heater or a wood stove perhaps. Again, we’ll never know!
Big Barn Door Shed
I like sheds with doors that open nice and wide. Even if you just take a lawnmower in and out, it’s much easier this way.
Not A Dutch Door Shed
I first thought it was a Dutch door, but alas, it’s not. And there’s no reason to have one except it would be cool. Which is perhaps a good reason.
I have no idea why this board and batten shed was designed this way. There’s a ladder leading up to an upper balcony and lots of vertical space inside.
One neat touch is the folding table mounted to the side of the shed. Very handy for a temporary potting area.
Gingerbread Shed with Brick Patio
Old-Style Plaster Shed
I love the simplicity of this one. Though I imagine, if it was mine, I’d probably have it covered in garden art in no time.
Wonderful Potting Shed
This shed was styled for a garden tour and it was really pretty in-person!
Wooden Shed with Door Feature
What’s the opposite of ‘recessed’? Whatever the word is, that’s what the doors on this shed are. I like it. Plus the little windows with window boxes are super sweet.
Another Very Wooden Barn-Style Shed
The rough-hew wood of this shed is really good looking. Good thing they have a window on the door or it would be very dark in there (like my shed).
Want to see more? Here’s the first Gallery of Garden Sheds. I hope you’ll put your favourites on Pinterest! And, if you have one to share, maybe it will be in the next shed gallery here.
~Melissa the Empress of Dirt ♛