Today, I want to show you our special potting shed. I have not shown it in awhile because it seems everything was tossed in it for the big projects: first the sleeping porch, then my spouse's office, then the backyard. But we are about done with the major renovations and repairs, so I thought it was time to tackle it again.
Do you like to drink sun tea? It's warm enough, so if you like, grab a glass of ice. It's only a small home, but in the carport there is an office and a potting shed, and we are going to enter from the backyard. The special part of this old house or almost any old house is its nooks and crannies.
This is the backside of the house that we just fixed, and to the left is the new locking gate that was just installed. It's also one way the kitties enter the carport and potting shed, because the gate is open on the top. ( I left the covers on the patio furniture, because that's how it looks unless I'm sitting here. Covers make outdoor furniture last longer in our sun, otherwise the sling chairs' cloth would wear in a year or two instead of three or perhaps four. )
We can also get to the potting shed by going out the kitchen door, turning left, and walking down a hallway, and on its right is my spouse's enclosed office and a potting shed. But this way is more inviting, and the kitties agree. (Just so you know, in the above photo I cropped out the kitty foot prints on the gate.)
Almost two years ago exactly, my spouse and I installed shelving on the walls and on the left, and more recently we realized we had room for another unit if we moved the tool box. There is quite a bit of storage on the left. Originally, we organized and installed shelving in the potting shed, so we could work on the sleeping porch. The cabinets were just an obsolete television unit that my spouse reconfigured and partially rebuilt in an interesting way. At the time, I left them darkly stained, but it doesn't really suit the direction the cottage took, so I decided to paint. We used ASCP French Linen, because gray does not show dirt.
Here is where the faux topped metal table went. It is for painting and craft projects; my daughter and I are also going to use this shed as an art studio. We had planned to put our studio in the secured free-standing shed, free of kitties, but that is just not happening, because as much as we have down-sized, there is some extra furniture. And, recently my daughter reminded me that she will be off to school in not so many years, and she wants it, and to please stop giving it away and save the rest for her. We left the floors the way they were, because we like the patina.
The metal table is 32 x 24. It's about the size of a craft table that I could have bought except that they were all too modern for this space. Fake wood or glass would not work. Furthermore, the table had to fit this space in front of the stone counter top and be easily movable. The stone counter top is a remnant of canterra, which comes in many colors from Mexico. It is a very beautiful, natural stone that artisans carve. My St. Francis garden statue is carved from this type of stone.
We have lots of cabinets, counter tops, and shelving space for painting and potting supplies, and because my spouse's office is next door there is internet if needed. This space gets a lot more natural light than his office, which is in the middle of the carport.
I also rearranged what we already had, and made it more cottage. The change is mostly all due to paint, except for the table project, and some new pulls.
This is also where my old refrigerator went that was half the wall of the kitchen before we remodeled and found an appropriate size, however it died, and this is one I found about six months ago at a scratch, dent, and reject appliance dealer for 1/3 of what a new one costs without a tiny scratch. We need it for the freezer. I think between us and the kitties, it has a good chance of being scratched, so I don't have to feel bad.
My daughter and I, besides garden, both paint and craft so we are happy to have this enclosed work space. And, there is bunches of storage for paints and paintbrushes, because the tools were relocated. You see when we knocked down the extra wall in the backyard, we saved a bit of wall, and had a gate constructed to attach to the remaining wall to make a storage area. So now all the tools are in a tool bin behind another gate.
This is Dinah, she is the cat that decided to move in. Now that we have a dedicated space, we hope to be doing more painting, drawing, creating, and projects.
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