Susan Strong transforms her homely garden shed into an indoor/outdoor masterpiece. 

"When I moved into my home in NW Arkansas five years ago there was a homely little garden shed in the SE corner of my backyard where I wanted to site my raised vegetable garden.  I had the shed moved just a short distance to the SW corner with the intent of making it more presentable.  I had it resided and a new smaller (and more attractive) door made.  Next, I painted the body and the new door and had someone build a cedar trellis on each side.  Then came the fun part of planting roses on the trellises and building/planting two small garden areas (one on the left and behind the shed and one on the right side).  This work took place over four years, during which time I was collecting vintage tools that I purchased quite inexpensively at estate sales and flea markets.  While I was happy with the garden shed exterior and surrounding garden areas, the inside of the shed remained sad looking; so this spring I painted the ceiling, walls and floor and decorated the interior with the vintage tools I had been accumulating since I moved here.  Now the inside is a fitting match for the exterior and I smile each time I open the door."

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Garden shed before its transformation

Garden shed with new siding, door, and trellises

Stone path to new garden bed ahead and stone ramp to veggie garden to the left (blueberry bushes at left of picture)

Garden bed on left side of garden shed and area behind the shed

Birdbath behind the garden shed with Amsonia ‘Blue Ice’

Small garden bed tucked between the fence and the right side of the garden shed.  (Hosta ‘Sum of All’ in the galvanized tub.)

Back wall of the garden shed decorated with vintage “finds” and an old wooden ladder suspended from the ceiling.

Shelves on the left wall with wooden and galvanized containers in which I store fertilizers, tools and supplies.

Right wall with my collection of hose nozzles and sprinkler heads.

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