How I Gave My Tired Shed A She Shed Makeover

A few week’s ago, my shed looked more like a dump than a cute potting she shed. My shed heaved with years of clutter from my house, and it needed a refresh. In this post, I will share how I created my dream potting she shed in my garden.

My garden shed was already in my home when I moved in. It measures roughly 4ft X6ft and jammed with clutter. There were old paint cans, scraps of carpet, and no organisation. 

When it comes to the garden, I only use a small number of tools, and these were hard to find. Every time I took my lawnmower out of my shed, I would have things falling out on top of me. 

She shed makeover, white garden potting Sheed with Ikea cart.

Decluttering my she shed

I began by removing all of the clutter from my shed. There were years of junk in the shed, so I got a skip bag to get rid of it. I had to sort through the clutter and see what could be recycled or passed on. 

A lot of the paint cans had dried out or had gone off. I had to take a trip to my local recycle centre to dispose of the cans.

Now I try to order the paint I need, and not buy large quantities because they are on special offer, as it costs to dispose of paint. 

I had to get my brother to help me clear the last bits in the shed as it was full of spiders and cobwebs. We power washed the shed and used a brush to wipe down the inside walls. 

Decluttering sheds.
Garden decluttering.
Shed declutter

Giving the she shed a paint job

My shed was painted in a green shed a few years ago, but I wanted to lighten it up. This Summer, I hope to get my greenhouse, and it will sit beside my shed, so I want my shed to match. 

To paint my shed, I used the Autentico Versante Matt paint in the shade Regency White. 

Autentico Versante Matt has a built-in primer and UV protection, and I used 3 litres for my shed. If you would like to get 10% off your Autentico paint order, use the code DAINTY10 at the checkout. 

To make the job easier, I used a spray gun. The spray gun saved me time and also kept my hands from aching. Here is the link to the spray gun I used. 

Click here for a detailed post on how to paint outdoor furniture. 

Autentico Versante Matt in Regency White with spray gun.
Spraying my she shed white.

Adding storage and organisation

Now that I had all of the tools that I use, I wanted to make it easy to store them. I added hooks to the sidewall of the shed, and these hooks make it easy for me to hang my larger garden tools. 

A few years ago, I painted an Ikea FÖRHÖJA cart and used it as a potting table. I decided to pop this inside my shed, as it gives me storage, but I can also use the tabletop. 

I cut up an old wooden pallet for the wood, and I used it to make a shelf. Whenever I buy a new plant, I always keep the plastic pot for potting on my seedlings, so now I can store them on the cart and shelf. 

Shed organisation.
Small shed organisation.

What exactly is a she shed?

A she shed is the female equivalent of the man cave. It can be a space to do whatever you want. I use mine as a potting shed, but you can have yours for sewing, writing or have it as an escape from your house. The main goal is to create a relaxing space that is just for you. Style it in soft colours to create a peaceful feel.

Tiny She shed makeover. Girl standing with peony flowers.
Girl in white dress in she shed, with flowers.
Ikea kitchen cart used as a potting table.
She shed transformation.

If you would like to have a better look, check out this YouTube video. Or I also have a satisfying declutter video that you can find here. 

For more inspiration for garden projects, click here. I have posts sharing how to create a mini herb gardenbee houses and more. 

Please share your garden makeovers with me, and you can tag me on Instagram or comment below. 

Thanks for reading, Catherine. 



  1. daintydressdiaries
    June 23, 2021 / 8:17 am

    Thanks for reading Ashley! I am so excited, the concrete base got laid today x

  2. Ashley L.
    June 21, 2021 / 5:08 pm

    the photos of Blondie posing next to the flowers are great lol she’s never far during a project!
    With the new plants by the tree, and the made-over she-shed, I can’t wait to see that corner fully transform with your green house next!!

  3. daintydressdiaries
    June 21, 2021 / 11:56 am

    Thanks so much Ann, thanks for commenting!

    June 21, 2021 / 10:28 am


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