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We love pottering around in our garden, especially this time of the year. There’s always so much to do, bulbs to plant, lawns to mow, edges to trim and tackling that odd creeper that seems to have taken over the world while we weren’t watching. It’s also the ideal time to finally make a little potting shed for our smaller garden tools. What is it with small garden tools? Whenever I look for them they’re MIA. It’s probably my own fault, I have this really bad habit of just leaving them somewhere when my mind changes gears. We’ve even found them in the fridge on one or two occasions. Yup, gardening is thirsty work 😉 This mini potting shed is the ideal solution when you don’t have space for a real life-sized version. It’s easy to make and just big enough to hold the little garden necessities.
We drew a very rough plan and threw some ideas around. The potting shed needed to be big enough to store all our little gardening tools and these metal signs fit the bill perfectly. We bought a whole bunch a few weeks ago and used them to make this really cool light form my son’s bedroom and a chilled beer caddy. They’re 31 cm (12 1/8″) wide and 15 cm (6″) tall. Just the right size for the sides of the potting shed 😉
Add some pallet wood and we were good to go. We cut two pieces to make the top and base for the shed and another piece to for the door. The top and base measure 23 cm (9″) by 15 cm (6″), while the door is 31 cm (12 1/8″) by 23 cm (9″). The pallet bits were sealed with a weather-resistant stain to protect the wood from soil and water damage. Once the stain was dry we nailed the metal signs onto the sides of the base and top and attached the door with a piano hinge.
I couldn’t find any handles (they’re probably in a fridge somewhere) so we used an old stripped valve and copper saddles instead. To “age” the saddles Hubby used his blow torch to add a lovely old patina.
They look so much better and tone in nicely with the valve.
I wanted the valve handle to sit flush against the door, so we had to make a small hole to accommodate the bottom rounded bit of the valve and then we just screwed it on using the saddles.
To hang we attached two picture mounting plates to the back.
She’s just big enough to for all our little gardening bits and when the door flips open we can use her as a mini potting bench.
I’d love to hear your thoughts about our mini potting shed. Does it work for you?
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