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. 



    June 21, 2021 / 10:28 am


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

    Thanks so much Ann, thanks for commenting!

  3. 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!!

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

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

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