This thrifty backyard shed makeover shows how you can turn a bland, old shed into something beautiful—topped with garden art, of course—with some frugal upcycles and elbow grease.
The Before Shed
Empress of Dirt reader Judy Jones (Michigan, USA) sent me these photos of her garden shed makeover. Just like me, she moved to a home with a good but unattractive shed that was smack, dab in the middle of the garden, in full view from her kitchen window. It doesn’t take many dishwashing sessions to decide a makeover must happen.
Judy took her time with the project, and except for setting some posts, did all of the work herself. I think there’s good advice in there: do what you can, when you can, and enjoy the process. And always take photos before, during, and after.
A Thrifty Shed Transformation
To get started, when some fence work was underway, Judy got the contractor to add some 4×4 posts in front of the shed to start the faux porch area.
In the next photo, you can see how Judy used some vinyl lattice and scrap lumber to complete the structure in front of the shed.
The bricks for the patio floor came from a Habitat ReStore. I love how the new paint colour on the shed (Secluded Garden by Valspar), white trim, and various colours of the bricks go together.
You can see how Judy used various thrift shop finds to dress up the shed including gingerbread details, an old window frame, and wire baskets. And more of those gorgeous bricks (can you tell I love them?). They are probably just stored there but I love how they look.
What Did It Cost?
Here’s Judy’s estimate for the cost of materials.
- Cedar posts set in concrete – free
- Wood from my stash – free
- Bricks left over from patio project: bought 1200 reclaimed bricks for $65 from Habitat Re-Store
- 2 sheets of vinyl lattice $40 for both
- Paint – leftover white, new Valspar Secluded Garden (love that name) $20
- Decor – collected over the years – maybe $35
Well done. Thank you, Judy!
~Melissa the Empress of Dirt ♛