Back in March the kids and I were spending a lot of time outside. I was doing a ton of yard work and day dreaming about growing all the things as spring started showing up everywhere.
One day, on a whim I decided to clean out a corner in the workshop and make it our potting shed. Using things we already had we cleaned up the little space and it quickly became everyone’s favorite spot to create and work.
As summer took off it became our catch all spot for twine, garden containers and tools, but last week we cleaned it up. We put all of the tools and pots away for the season and I was able to snap some photos so we could share it with y’all.
When we cleaned it out in March the first thing the kids and I did was take down all the shelving. It covered the entire walls and was just a catch all.
Now when you enter you see this:
My workbench is to the left along with the locker shelf that holds all of our containers. It is really handy when we have a load of pickles jars to just bring them outside and put them on the shelf until it’s time to stock the flower cart.
I bought the locker shelf two years ago to sell at our spring barn sale. Once I got it home I just couldn’t part with it. In our old house we used it in the laundry room. It’s one of those pieces that I know I would regret it if I ever let it go.
The workbench is out of our old garage. The nail bins fit in it perfectly and in the spring we had potting soil in them and the kids could scoop out what dirt they needed for their little pots when we were starting seeds. The stool was already there, it was Mr. Jerry’s. He lived here before us. He used this building for his leather and woodworking shop and I like that there is a piece of him still being used in here.
The chalkboard is from Goodwill, ten bucks!! Kind of a funny story, but I ran in on a whim and saw it and I knew it wouldn’t last. So I went up to pay and have them put sold on it and they informed me they no longer hold items. Luckily Cam’s grandma also happened to be in the store at the same time and she guarded it in the parking lot while I ran and grabbed Cam’s trucks and loaded it!
My grandma gave me my great-grandpa’s gardening hats last year when He passed. I love having them hang in our little corner as a reminder of him and the love of gardening he passed down to me.
Using what I already had and making this into a usable space for us has been so fun. I know there are a lot of fancy potting sheds out there, but I like to think that this is how true farms would have had their work spaces years ago. Things weren’t picture perfect, they had a purpose and were used for work and in turn all the little out buildings I love on old farms have a ton of character. I know in my heart I wouldn’t be any happier if my potting shed was new and fancy. She’s perfect just the way she is.