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DIY Garden Shed

| 6/12/2019 8:00:00 AM

In our part of the Midwest, spring has lingered, and we’re so grateful. There’s been no rush into the hot and humid days of high summer as in years past. We’ve had light rains, pleasant blue skies, and nighttime temperatures in the 40’s. In fact the weather’s been so chilly, we invited friends over for a bonfire and s’mores…not a typical June get-together!

Even though spring has been fair and cool, it’s been a time of doing and enjoying, and the extraordinary sunlit days have been just right for gardening. The vegetables and herb plants are in, along with some new perennials and colorful annuals. It’s been a fine time to enjoy simple country pleasures.

Along with gardening, comes time to pull much-needed tools from the barn…hoes, rakes, watering cans, hoses, each in a variety of shapes and sizes…you know the drill. And each year they’re tucked into a metal hose holder that becomes so full it ends up leaning against the lilac bush that sits by the garden.  This summer, it was time for a change.

I needed a garden shed; nothing too big, nothing too fancy, but something that would be just right for the tools I need every day. I decided to look through the barn…there are always hidden gems in a barn from a farm built in 1864.  Tucked in the corn cribs are lots of screen doors, windows, and wooden doors. Then I began putting the pieces together…hadn’t I seen a shed made from old doors somewhere? I began pulling out doors, corrugated metal from the old barn roof, scrap pieces of wood and so the plans for a shed began.

Here’s what we started with…to some, not worth keeping, but to me, worth their weight in gold. Old, chippy doors full of character…just what I wanted. Now to get started!


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