Now It Actually Looks Like a Ten by Ten Shed!

I just took our dinner out of the oven. At 10 pm. Also, I smell a lot like a gym bag. But the shed is mostly finished!

The Lawnmower's new homeAll of our lawn equipment has a home. This is the side of the shed that used to have the armpit height bench running from one end to the other. So you can see the hockey equipment that still needs to get donated, but we will be able to get our lawnmower in and out now. All of the rakes are hanging over the lawnmower. I’m keeping them segregated from the rest of the yard tools so they aren’t turning everything into a snarled mess anymore.

ToolboxEven better, now that the lawnmower and power washer won’t be living in the middle of the shed, we can get to the new and improved bench. It’s exactly as long as it needs to be with plenty of room for shovels and yard tools in the corner behind it. There is room for all of our power tools under the toolbox and even more storage below that! Best of all, the window is directly across from the tool box so some natural light will fall on it, instead of being behind it like it used to be. Shelf underneathWe have three of these old drawers and want to figure out a way to use them as drawers out there. One is for miscellaneous hardware, one is all plumbing and electrical stuff. The other one is still exploring it’s options. Below that are two bins that Loblaws used to sell. One is for drywall tools, the other painting tools. Now no matter which project you are working on you just grab the bin you need and go!

ShelvingThis shelf holds all of the crap that used to wind up piled in front of the “workbench”.

To the roof shelvingIt goes right to the roof. Plenty of space for fertilizers, pesticides, motor oil and all of the stuff we use around here. It is so awesome to have a space for everything and be able to see it all at a glance.

There are still some odds and ends to sort through, and we’re considering another shelf over the toolbox. Myself I would like to add a pegboard, but as Matt says why spend money when we’re moving? Everything we did this weekend was done with things I already had and salvaged lumber. So the only money I spent was $20 on a bucket of screws, that now have their own damn home in the shed!

You know before the shed was such a mess I could never find anything, which is probably why I’m the proud owner of three caulking guns. Three! I also found at least a half dozen utility knifes, and said that we shouldn’t need anymore of those for the rest of our lives.

So I might spend an evening or two out there finishing up this week. After I get the housework caught up! Next weekend I had planned on jacking up the floor, but then today I discovered this.

2015-08-30 10.51.10Yes, it’s exactly what it looks like – a toadstool growing beside my very dirty toilet. Gross. It’s going to be even more gross fixing the flange and the floor around it. Ick.

I haven’t got a single extra tile either, so fingers crossed they lift up easily and I don’t have to redo the entire floor. Que sera, sera.

Author: Vanessa D.

Thirteen years ago, I was newly separated with a leaky faucet. I bought a new cartridge and came home to turn off the water while asking myself "What's the worst that could happen?" and got started. The worst that has ever happened is I've accidentally reversed the hot & cold and had to turn the water back off to fix it. Since then I've taught myself how to do as much as I can, because waiting for Prince Charming is not an option. I'm not so great at relationships, but I can handle this single thing and so can you.

9 thoughts on “Now It Actually Looks Like a Ten by Ten Shed!”

  1. I am so impressed – a shed is a proper grown up thing to own! The closest I come is a cupboard in my kitchen where I keep plant stuff including some soil for re-potting so it kind of smells like outside. Which actually isn’t great in the kitchen, but meh 😉
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    1. I sort of enjoy the smell of potting soil, I work in the greenhouse industry so it’s been a part of my life for a long time. I think it smells clean.

      I suppose I should be grateful for the extra storage space we have out there, but I can’t help wishing for a proper garage at times, especially in the winter when I’m scraping my windows.

  2. Good job! Building a shed is on my to-do list. Of course, we still need to fence the yard, build a kennel for Kawaii, install air-conditioning… a water tank… water heater…

    Looking t this list, I think I’ll be busy for the next three years or so.
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    1. Okay so I know a bit about living conditions in Jamaica and that things we take for granted in Canada aren’t always available there – like running water in the house and washing machines. Is it similar in Trinidad & Tobago? I’m asking because you said you have to install a water heater – something that would be considered more necessity than optional in Canada.

      1. Running water’s not a major issue in most areas, especially in recent years. The “cold” water isn’t all that cold here &, to be honest, a water heater’s a luxury that, personally, I can do without… But then there’s my wife. She LOVES her hot baths. As such, it’s a necessity.
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        1. I had run across a news article in one of the Jamaican newspapers that made it sound as if some areas of that country would never see running water.

          Hot baths are nice I will say…

    1. I’m just happy to be able to walk past the doorway again! Since Matt moved back home, we’ve been shuffling stuff around and purging. I think it’s slowly coming together.

      We just won’t talk about what my desk looks like right now – okay?

  3. Hey Vanessa,

    Good to see a tools shed, I always wanted to have one – so far all of my tools are kept in a drawer and the rest is pretty much kept (thrown?) all around the house. Space is always the issue, I do have a garage though – and have thought to add a tools section to it but decided against it so far …

    I like it how you have organized it – all of the tools are kept to neatly.

    thanks,
    – Pakhi
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