My Shed {Frugal and Functional}

posted by Andrea | 08/11/2010

When we bought our house over 4 years ago, my dad promised to build us a shed “someday”. Well, someday happened last Fall. He finally had the time to build it and I got to customize it!

I still have a ways to go with the outside, but the inside is super organized! I wanted to make it functional for all our storage and gardening needs but not go crazy, spending money on expensive storage.

Here is what I came up with.

This is the back wall of our shed. I installed an old kitchen cabinet {free} on the right for enclosed storage. Then I used a bunch of old peg board that we found in our basement {also free}. I painted the whole inside of the shed white for a clean look {I used barn paint which is about 60% cheaper than interior paint}.

I may have gotten a little carried away…but I found some {clearance} fabric and made a skirt for my workbench — more hidden storage!

I think I have enough shovels… I really do use them all!

I found this metal storage cabinet {for free, of course} by the road and now use it to hold all our pesticides, chemicals, fertilizers, insect repellent, and outdoor games. I also stuck clothes pins to the inside of the doors so we can hang our gardening gloves.

I love pegboard…such an inexpensive, functional, and attractive way to organize large or small spaces.

More {free} storage pieces we use to store camping gear, gardening tools, etc. I got the shelves from a junk yard and painted them black. I found the small dresser on the side of the road.

Some of my pretty terracotta pots “just for looks” since some are really too small to actually plant in.

I love our shed.
I love all the extra storage.
I love how little cash I used.
I love that our garage is now uncluttered.
I love feeling like Martha Stewart when I work in my shed!


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  1. Carolyn


    How big is that shed? We just moved and have no shed. My husband built a playhouse at our old house, so he’s thinking about building a shed and then playhouse here. We like this design. How big is the footprint, and then how high is it to the rafters and then to the peak?


  2. Kevin


    Great shed!!!

    Just had a to leave a comment because I stumbled across your blog looking for shed organization ideas for our brand new shed. Still have some work to go finishing up the shelving and stuff, but it is coming along nicely.

    I saw your bio and am guessing you are a Grand Rapidian based on where your husband teaches and we are in GR as well. Small world.

    I’ll have to come back and read some more as it looks like you have gone through a kitchen remodel and that is one of our future projects.


  3. Emily


    What a GREAT shed!!!! You have done a wonderful job of organizing!
    Your green (with envy) reader in Georgia,


  4. Amy


    I LOVE your shed! It’s beautiful & SO organized!


  5. JDaniel4's Mom


    I so need to get things out of the garage and into our shed. Your looks amazing.


  6. Andrea


    Thanks, thanks!
    It’s been so nice to have all that extra storage, but I’m ruthless…and will NOT let it clutter up with junk!
    I try to keep the floor clear for the lawn mower and easy access to anything else in the shed. However, it’s been a year now…and I can already tell it’s a bit “fuller” than last year! Looks like I might have to purge again!


  7. Christy


    Oh I am green with envy – my shed is a big dumping box! What a great place you have!


  8. Mary Joy @Seeds of Encouragement Sewn with Grace


    Oh wow!!! You did such a great job!!! It looks terrific. You are my kind of organizer, inexpensive or free is the key!!! LOL Love it! Love it!! Love it!!!


  9. Elizabeth


    It looks incredible. I want. 🙂
    I love pegboard too – such a space saver; and I love all the free storage.
    Hidden storage is best!
    Great job!


  10. kelly @ miskellany


    i am so jealous of your shed!


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  12. Betsy (Eco-novice)


    Great photos. Love the pegboard and the terra cotta pots. You must have a garden.


    Andrea Reply:

    Yes, I have a garden. It’s a bit on the small side this year, but will be bigger next year!