This little shed has come a long way this last week.  We were grateful to have this shed on the property when we bought the cabin, but it was in pretty bad shape. Here is a picture of the before. 

When we bought this cabin 3 years ago, every single thing was this color green.  The cabin, the deck, the furniture, the shed, everything.  And although there are worse colors it could’ve been, the dark gray was a fun update.  And a little sidenote.  The exterior of our cabin and shed is all painted in Kilz Brand paint called Toasted Poppyseed in a flat finish.  I get it mixed at walmart and it’s $20/gallon!  This little shed was the last of the green.  It had to go:)  We started by using this siding, which is called T111.  

This siding is great because it really looks like a vertical shiplap.  It’s rough so it worked the best to use a paint sprayer to paint the shed.  I used this paint sprayer which is a super affordable one and so easy to use and clean!  

Ta da!! Isn’t she so much cuter!  So after we put up the T111, we used pine 1×4’s to accent the corners and around the windows.  I painted these in just an exterior white and it made the shed pop and truly match our cabin!  

I also made this fun sign which cost me nothing.  I used some leftover 1/2″ plywood that I had and made a stencil, and then trimmed it out with pine boards trimmed to 5/8″ and stained in special walnut.  I have a full tutorial of how to make your own custom sign here.  

I’m in love with these planters that I found on Walmart.  They actually come in a set of 3, and the largest one is on the big deck.  These are such a large statement and I think worth the price!  I added some $10 ferns for a fun pop of green on the dark siding.  

Although this shed has no electrical, I still put a light up:)  Call me crazy but I think lighting is such a great statement, even if it can’t be turned on:)  And I loved how the white on this light and the black on the cage matched the shed so well!  That and it looked a bit nautical to me, which played along well with the lake theme:)  You can find the light here.  

We did end up changing out the door as well.  I would have dressed up the old door, but we really wanted a door that swung out instead of in, so it didn’t eat up so much of the space inside the shed.  This has been a game changer for making room!  We just bought a steel door and I painted it to look like wood.  I have a tutorial here if you want to paint your door faux wood too!  I also brought out our turkish towels from home.  They work amazing as beach towels since they dry fast and are very lightweight!  You can find these pretty ones here.  They are from The Loomia and you can use code ALLIE for an extra 15% off.  

I also used these hooks for the outside and inside!  I screwed them right into the plywood siding and they work great.  I love the double hook as they can hang twice as much!  So that’s it!  Lets do a little before and after one more time.  Here’s the before….

And the after….

This was such a fun little project!  Thanks so much for following along with me as I showed the whole process over on my instagram page!  You guys are always so supportive of my DIY’s and projects!  Oh, and I forgot to mention that I made a quick window box as well and have that tutorial saved here.  This was one of the last big projects at the cabin.  And now my eyes can rest since everything matches:)  


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