Right after we moved in to the Cavender house Jamie found this A-dor-able little tool shed online.
It wasn’t very expensive, even with shipping.
I’ve looked all over the internet and can’t find any for sale, so I’m assuming they don’t offer them any more.
It’s pretty cute is all you own is a small push mower, a bag of potting soil, a few terra-cotta pots, and a bird feeder. It’s 5 feet wide, 5 feet high and 28 inches deep.
We have real stuff to store…..
There’s a weird inefficient layout to the inside.
2 odd corner shelves, probably to stabilize the beast, and a small 2 shelf build-up taking up valuable floor space on the left.
I removed the odd shelves inside and attached 2 2 X 4’s across the back. One along the floor and another about eye level.
Stabilizing problem solved.
Now it seems to hold much, much more…….Even our wheel barrow.
I hung 2 Ikea Bygel hang bars on the right side. I think they are designed for kitchens. All our small tools and soaker hose are hooked on S-hooks.
On the left side we hung a plastic Rationell Variera storage bin, also from Ikea. This one holds winter cover-ups and fertilizer. Two small hooks underneath hold the pruning shears right where we need them.
Now for the outside…
Remember all the cedar slats I pulled from the old gates? Of course you do, it’s nicely weathered now.
Well, I planked the sides of our shed with it.
See how the side of the tool shed now mimics the lines of the horizontal fence….
Pretty clever, Am i right?
The old latch had some “design issues” so we slapped on a hook & eye combo and 2 new handles as well…….
A few more cedar trim pieces and some russet stain….
Now to replace that horrible asphalt roof….with something with a little more character.
Just you wait people…..
Ohhh, just you wait,
OMG twinsies! I use those IKEA bars for EVERYTHING.. I love them (and the price!) great lookin shed boys! I’m jealous.. We need major sheds up in here. I love how you put the plants around it to make it look nice even though it’s a shed, SO MANY people just don’t get that! ya know? Even storage can look GOOD, right!? Oh, and btw… I think in your last picture I see a sneak peak of what roof you’re puttin on there.. .maybe? I love the corrugated if so 😉
You got us Jesse, it is corrugatd tin…I didn’t have an in-between projects pic. We just get carried away sometimes and forget.
You have really jazzed that bad boy UP!! Nice work!! Hope it is nice & secure…..I can’t recall if it is open to the street or not…. I’d be SICK if thieves decided to tear the doors down to get inside & make off with your tools after all your hard work….! Love these DIY posts!!! Y’all inspire me!!!
I’d thought about break-ins too. That fence is like a ladder isn’t it? The shed doesn’t really lock now but there isn’t much we would miss….AND we have a Doberman.
For the roof… Have you seen the aluminum can shingles? I think the look of something like that would be really nice.
Sounds awesome, are they recycled? I love the idea of smashed coke cans as shingles…….
Best way to get them…
Amber, that is pure coolness, wish I was building a chicken coop, (Ohh how I wish), but may make a dog house someday……I should start drinking beer in cans right now.
I desperately want to build a gazebo with it (I LOVE the sound of rain on a tin roof!) but there is nowhere in my yard it would work for.
Soda cans work too. I plan to draft hordes of children to get enough cans when I can build my gazebo.
Love the sound of rain on a tin roof too, plan to cover the house roof with tin, when we finally need it.
Awesome shed, functional and stylish. Who’d thought a tool shed could serve as such a win win? Thanks for sharing with us.
Meant to ask, what is the galvanized bucket in front of the container with the post hole digger? Looks like an old fishing bait bucket? Whatever it is, me likes.
It is a minnow bucket…you have good eyes. I’ll buy anything galvanized…and it looks cool on the kitchen table full of red roses and evergreens at Christmas.
I can’t believe I’m going to say AWESOME JOB about a tool shed-but I just have to! You may have inspired me to go ahead with putting one in our yard and freeing up some garage space! And I think you could free up even more floor space with some wall hangers/hooks on the inside for those long-handled tools. I spied the great roof update in the photo as well. AWE-SOME!!
We love the style…could even translate to a dog house…or chicken coop.
We had the same, exact shed at our former house. It was $500-ish, wasn’t it? I am going to borrow your idea for the latch + handles on our yet-to-be-completed garden shed. Always remember: imitation = flattery.
We had issues with the old latch….as the shed moved, it didn’t. It took a large amount of force to open/close. Borrow away.
I know you said it’s no longer available, but where did you originally get the shed?
Pretty sure it was from Skymall, I think Jamie saw it while sitting on a plane
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Brookstone did carry them http://shopping.yahoo.com/817129364-solid-wood-outdoor-tool-storage-sheds/ – but you’re right, they don’t anymore. They were also available at Costco at some point. If someone is looking they have a similar shed here, different wood and the roof slants away from the door… but pretty much the same otherwise. http://www.diamondresource.net/index.php?page=products-outdoor-shed Hope that helps!
Great, thanks Karen….I’ve always thought that our roof slants the wrong way, so that’s much improved
You definitely want the roof slanting the way it is if you have the shed pushed up next to a structure. If it is slanted the opposite way all the moisture that lands on it will drain towards the house and do damage.
i had looked into building one a month or so ago…thought i had a link to a websit, handyman or something. here is something similar: http://www.wayfair.com/Leisure-Season-Wood-Lean-To-Shed-MSS6602-LSV1001.html if anyone is still interested.
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Worked on my potting area yesterday and invisioned this very Shed!!!! Where did you get it and I love all of the wonderful things you have added to it. Plan to make all of your ideas my own as soon as you soon as you relinquish your source!
Donna Williams, Columbia, SC
Hi Donna! Jamie found this shed in the Skymall catalog on an airplane, it was a few years ago and they don’t make this exact one anymore 😦 But if you Google there are several similar ones available online now…….
Thanks James, I actuallly started digging and found a great one on Wayfare. I have ordered from them before and they seem to stand by their products. We have recently moved into a 1958 home on a small lake. This year we completed a huge kitchen renovation and yard project. I an ready to get my garden going again after a full year off. I am enjoying your Blog! Happy Easter or Pass Over Anyway, have a Blessed Day!
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Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am deeply flattered that you found the content worth following. I hope that I can continue to inspire you.
I also want to say that your site is beautiful.
Aw thanks…(blush)..I’m a set designer for a living and can learn quite a bit from your site. I’m always looking for new inspiration. 🙂
I AM LOVING THIS SHED…….AND WOULD SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME WHERE TO FIND IT OR WHERE TO BUY IT. THANK YOU!
Jamie found this shed in a Skymall catalog about 4 years ago, I’ve looked everywhere for them and sadly they aren’t producing the same one anymore. Sorry, that I can’t be of more help……
LOVE this shed! I have a small backyard and this summer I am starting to completely change everything up. Tearing down the old broken down shed and figured I would just not have one. I don’t like the look of having a shed hanging out by itself in the corner of my yard. So I was thrilled to see this! Its perfect. But then after reading I was sad to hear it was no longer available. Then 2 of your followers said that they found it at Wayfair! I was going to order it next year but I don’t want to miss out. I am totally adding the corrugated roof. Love it! Thanks for sharing!
Here’s the link…
Thanks for the link!!!! Ours is perfect, wish we had 2 of them now…we could clear the garage out even more…hhhmmm?
What color and what brand stain did you use?
Hi Dee…..detailed all that in this post here….https://thecavenderdiary.com/2013/08/17/the-cavender-paint-colors/
We bought ours for extra saddles and horse tack supplies. It hasn’t held up very well. As the tongue and grove dried in summer it has created openings between all the boards running vertically on the door. Such and bummer, plus the water drains off the roof onto the doors creating mildew streams both inside the doors and out. Any ideas on how I can improve the openings between the boards on the front? I like your idea of handles and a different latch on the front. Ours never quite lined up right even when level. Currently we are using twine. Way paid over $400 from Brookstone
Love your energy, your organization and thoughtful designs! I was able to locate the shed you purchased or one very much like it from Amazon approx $578 and free shipping. The brand was Leisure Season.
Thanks Tanya……I’ll find it on Amazon and link it on the post…….we get A LOT of questions about where to buy one.
do you have the plans for the tool shed? I would love for my husband to build me one.
Sorry they don’t make them anymore….but another reader found a similar one on Amazon
Hello, can you help me, these sheed is wonderfull, héroe in my country never sow before. Do you know how can you help me to build one these?
I don’t know how to build them, we bought it as a kit.
We’re in the process of building a shed like yours. I went into Pinterest to look for some ideas as to how what kind of siding to use. I found yours and absolutely love it! Where did you get the Russet stain and Redwood siding?
Hi Mary, we get most of our home improvement supplies at Home Depot. If you live in the US, I’m sure there is something similar near you…..
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How much did this shed cost and do you deliver? Lol.
LOL, I wish we had a garage full of them. People ask for them all the time…..
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Love it! A metal roof would give it some added character.
Thanks Karen, We thought so too.
I love your shed! What color stain dos you use on it? Love the contrast with the black hardware!!!
I don’t know if my comment went through, but I was asking about the stain color that you used on the shed. It looks great with the hardware! Also, did you do a polyurethane top coat or a dealer of some sort? Love your design!!!!
Hi Piper, our stain color is Russet from Hone Depot. Here’s the trick though. I had them only mix 25% of the colorant so it’s kinda light and let’s the wood grain show through. Glad you like it. Best of luck!
Is that Home Depot brand or Minwax etc? I love the color and the design! Thank you so much for your help!
I found it! Behr brand! Thank you a bunch!
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we ordered one and the boards did not match up and my husband called and the company offered no help at all. He had to purchase lumber to build the shed correctly and had to add additional stabilizibing boards to make it sturdy enough to stand on its own. The roof did not fit correctly and my husband had to alter it to fit. After a couple of years it srarted falling apart – and is now in total disarray. Would never purchase another one – would be easier to build from scratch.
Millie, I’m sorry. That’s probably why they stopped making them. I rebuilt mine and its held up pretty nicely…
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So, not too spend, BUT WHERE DID YOU BUY IT????????
Penny, it came from a Skymall catalog 7 years ago. Sorry that they don’t make them anymore.
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This is a perfect size behind a chimney – Do you know what stain you used?
We used a russet colored stain from Home Depot…but it only has 1/4 of the colorant so the wood comes through a little more than usual….
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Where do you find russet stain? Is this stain a certain brand? I am looking for something for my cedar shutters
Hi Dana, “Russet” is the name of the color…pretty sure it was Behr stain from Home Depot….pretty sure
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We own the same exact shed that you refurbished and I was so inspired by what you did! My husband is now following your guidance on your blog and our refurbished shed is taking shape. I did have a question for you – where did you find the scalloped trim for the roof of the shed? I’ve looked on the internet and haven’t had much luck finding it. Any advice would be appreciated! And thank you for your creative ideas. Love them.
Hi Ann, so glad we could inspire you. Our shed is just the right size for all the yard tools I don’t want to see in the garage. As far as that scalloped detail…..it’s just the trim for holding the metal roof in place. Nothing fancy. Pretty sure they sell it in the same area of the hardware store as the sheet metal. Hope this helps….and we’d love to see pics of your finished shed!
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What brand of “russet” stain did you use?
Behr at Home Depot
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Hello! I saw on Pinterest that you sell this as a kit. Is it true? If yes, how much does it cost and can you send it to Southern California? I need a storage shed for our outdoor furniture cushions!
Hi Nikki, I certainly hope Pinterest isn’t telling people that! We bought that shed from an American Way magazine about 10 years ago…… sorry, but they don’t sell them anymore. And we never did. 😐
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What color stain did you use on the shed?
Nevermind…..I think I found my answer….Behr @ Home Depot…Russet @ 25% colorant….correct?
Hi Scott, Yupp Russet, 25%… Sorry I’m so late to respond.
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What is the size of this shed?
Hi Joann, it was about 30” deep and maybe 5’ tall. Rebuilt it last summer.
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I’m interested in buying your tool shed.
Please could you tell me how much it costs?
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