Monday, January 4, 2016

Potting Shed Adventures

Remember that I showed you the outside of my potting shed last month?
Well, today it stopped raining and the sun is shining and I decided to 
start gathering up the things that are going to live in this potting shed.
Of course there will be the requisite garden tools, but there will be
fun old junk too.   

Are you ready?  It's a jumble of junk in here ;-)

Here we are inside.  The walls are just unfinished plywood right now.
Have not decided what color to paint them, but I am leaning toward
a soft gray/green.  A dusty moss color perhaps.  I need to have a
carpenter come in and install a big window on the back wall that
will face out into the garden I am planning.  I want a real cottage style
garden with some climbing roses and herbs and veggies too.
A real English garden ~ the kind that Peter Rabbit would find appealing.
Oh, and I need a picket fence surrounding the garden too.

There is a lot of stuff to work with here.  This hand painted Parson's table 
will work against one long wall.  The table belonged to my Mom.
You can see her initials are on the front.

The wrought iron half moon table was Mom's too.  She used it
in her sunroom back in Idaho.  I will paint that stained planter.  Mom
and I found that at a thrift shop for one dollar.  

I think this wrought iron chandelier will look cute hanging from the
ceiling.  We found it years ago in a very cute shop in Bend, Oregon.

Here are some pretty antique looking shelf brackets.  Can't wait to use them.

This was another thrift shop find.  I used it in my old potting shed
back in Idaho.

Hand painted wooden canisters.  I think I will use them in the armoire
and fill them with seed packs.  I envision painting the armoire but leaving
the inside shelves painted white.  I will keep the doors of the armoire
open and fill them with old pots.

The requisite old battered chair.  This was in the coal room at the
end of our garage in Idaho.  One of those projects I just never got 
around to completing.

Well, there you have it.  Lots of old junk that's worn but well
loved and will have new life in the garden.  

By the way ~ did y'all watch the season premier of Downton
Abbey last night?  I think that Carson and Mrs Hughes are
the sweetest couple!  I was in tears when they kissed!!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley


  1. This is going to be such fun! Cannot wait to see the transformation! What a wonderful, wonderful project!

    1. Why is it that it's always more fun to play in a little cottage???

  2. Ooh it's going to be so much fun putting it all together.
    You have some beautiful pieces, I can't wait to see how it all turns out !
    Wishing you all a Happy New Year filled with peace, happiness and contentment.

  3. Susan - Just a suggestion: Put little clay flower pots on the chandelier. Would be perfect for the garden shed.


  4. That shed is so cute. I want to paint the doors of my shed red too!

  5. I can already see it in my mind!!! You are going to have so much fun!!!
    I recorded DA last night and watched it this afternoon! Carson and Mrs. Hughes remind me of Louis Dean and myself!! Old folks fall in love, too!!!

    1. I love it when old folks fall in love. It is especially sweet!

  6. Your shed is so charming! We have one that we've never used for anything but storage...yours is inspiring! Looking forward to seeing what you do with this!

    1. This shed was here when we bought the house. It has been used for storage since we moved in but I always had a different vision for it. Time to make that vision a reality.

  7. What great pieces!! I can't wait to see what you and Bentley do with the garden shed!! What fun!

    1. It will be a fun project I think. Kind of a grown up playhouse :-)

  8. Lots of neat treasures there! Fun fun fun!!

  9. You have a lot of neat stuff to fill your shed with!! You and Bentley will have such a good time!!

    Ah, yes, the kiss and tenderness was special......

    1. I am happy to see Carson and Mrs Hughes so happy. Now if Anna could only have a baby.

  10. How exciting to set of on this Potting Shed adventure for the new year, Susan! Your plans for an English garden sound lovely. I just adore my picket fence Herb & Tea Garden! Happy planning! ♡

    1. I plan a scarecrow too, like the one in Mr MacGregor's garden :-)

  11. That potting shed looks like a fun spring project! I haven't ever watched Downton Abby. My mother tries to get me to watch it but, I have yet gotten past the first show. It is on my bucket list. Happy New YEar!

    1. See if your library has copies and you can check them out and watch them on cold winter days.

  12. Have you checked out pinterest, I love the look of white washed interiors in sheds. If it is not too late " Happy New Year".

    1. Yes ~ I have two Pinterest Boards, one for potting sheds and one for potting shed interiors. I have been dreaming about this for a while.

    2. Complimenti! Un bellissimo blog e mi sono iscritta ai tuoi lettori.
      Un caro saluto, Lorena

  13. Your potting shed is going to be wonderful! Yes, watched Downton and loved it!

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