Bright and Light She Shed Makeover

This shed has gone from cob-web central to a farmhouse style she shed perfection. It’s got tons of storage and work space, and is now the perfect area to do all the relaxing, creating, gardening, and organizing! All you need is a little paint and some inspiration to get an amazing she shed!

My mom has an adorable shed behind her house, and that poor little shed was basically empty, dark, a bit spidery, a little cobwebby, dusty.  You know, like an empty storage shed you toss a lawn mower in with some utility buckets and random Christmas decor, and shut the doors.

This shed is now light and bright and spacious and 100% functional, thanks to an amazing she-shed makeover!
The house she moved from had a basement and 3rd bedroom, and this one has 2 bedrooms and no basement…  so the spare bedroom has become a storage room, while there was a perfectly dusty shed going relatively empty… for 2 years now. She loves to garden and sew and craft, so we thought some stacked shelves for rubbermaid bins on one end, hooks for tools in the center, and a long workbench would be awesome for the kids to come over and create, or for her to plant flowers, clean pots, start seeds and such, would be awesome out in a little she shed.

My lovely friends at HomeRight have sponsored this project & post, and thank heavens they did because there is no way on Earth I was going to roll on all the paint in here.  Nay, friends.

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For this she shed makeover project, I whipped out my favorite sprayer – my Finish Max Extra, and grabbed the white paint, and got to work. You can get all the details about what comes with this glorious sprayer right here!

For starters, this sprayer is my absolute fave for two reasons:

1. You don’t have to thin the paint before you spray it.
2. You can tip the sprayer without the seal leaking.

Say what? We painted our kitchen cabinets last fall with this sprayer, and that was when we fell in love with it immediately for the non-thinning aspect, as well as being able to spray at an angle. Those two things alone make spraying ridiculously easy!

Like any paint job, you will remove the electrical covers and such, add tape where you need it, and I covered the windows with this nifty stuff.

Once I was prepped, I readied the sprayer.

All you need for an amazing she shed makeover! Bright white paint, and an EPIC paint sprayer!!

All you need for an amazing she shed makeover! Bright white paint, and an EPIC paint sprayer!!

I filled my sprayer cup, adjusted the take-up tube to angle to the back of the cup (since I’d be pointing it up mostly), put the lid on, plugged it in, climbed the ladder, and started attacking the ceiling. My theory was to eat the frog (insanely hot in the peak, up and down on a ladder stinks), and work my way down the walls.

I have a fun fact for you too, in this video, I tipped the sprayer past 45 degrees, don’t do that! You could get some paint in the motor if you go that far, so tip, but don’t tiiiiiiiip! 

You could totally prime first, but I got paint and primer in one, in high-hide white (un-tinted, right off the shelf) with an eggshell finish, and went for it, assuming from the get go I’d have to do 2 coats at least all over.

The beginnings of a gorgeous she-shed makeover! All you need is an epic sprayer and some great ideas to organize your shed.

I have this theory that I can paint any room with 1 gallon of paint. I also have a theory that I can paint all small things with a sample jar of paint. Stop laughing at me, right now! I know for a fact that not all rooms are 1 gallon rooms, and not all projects are sample jar projects, but I was really angry when I realized my initial 1 gallon purchase only got me 1 1/2 coats on the ceiling. This lofty goal is from the same part of my brain that sees the arrival time on a GPS as the time to beat.

Two coats should do it for this gorgeous she shed makeover! There's nothing like a bright and light airy space to inspire the creativity!

Don’t disillusion yourselves… this project is so not a 1 gallon room. More accurate is the 3 gallons I ended up grabbing, to use 2 1/2 of them. This shed was about 10′ x 20′-ish… but I didn’t measure (act surprised by this).

I absolutely loved how fast the sprayer was on both the ceiling and walls.  If the sprayer wasn’t a major player in this, there’s no way I’d be able to tackle this project because I’d probably need have flooded the shed with tears of sadness and have to bail myself out with a roller.

The walls were done super fast with 2 coats in 1 day, and were drying nice and evenly by the time I finished cleaning out the sprayer (literally only takes 10 minutes!).

The walls of this light and bright, gorgeous she shed are looking amazing with a white eggshell finish, applied with an EPIC sprayer!

A little cage light adds so much character to this adorable, bright white she shed makeover!

Once the walls were done and totally dry, I cleaned the floor and taped the bottom of the walls to prep for floor painting. You could absolutely spray the floors as well because the angle in the sprayer definitely allows for that. It’d be super simple to continue the white across the floors and just spray your way out (twice). We opted for a dark grey porch and floor paint with a roller, however you could spray this also, we skipped that to avoid having to drape and tape for the overspray.

I brought in reinforcements (the kids) to help with the clean-up and organizing, while I swapped out the electrical outlets, switches, and added adorable cages with pretty LED Edison-style bulbs (these are 60W, soft white bulbs), painted the grey floor paint on the floor, and left it to cure untouched for 3 or 4 days.

The floor in this white bright and airy she shed makeover is dark grey, and compliments the black cage lights and accents, and pops off the white sprayed walls.

The floor in this white bright and airy she shed makeover is dark grey, and compliments the black cage lights and accents.

If you’re staring at an empty space that’s dark and brown and cobwebby, it’s really hard to imagine what could be. It’s still a little bit hard when it’s all white and clean and walkable-in-bare-feet. I had imagined space for storage bins, hooks for tools, hooks for garden bags and kids stuff, a cute rug, bright and airy, and a super long work table and shelf to store pots and things in this new light she shed.

We built shelves like these in our basement and in the garage, and since my mom is on the shorter side, we made a slightly shorter and shallower version so she could reach everything and not need a step stool, and still have all the storage space she needs.

This amazingly simple storage rack in this beautiful, light and airy she shed adds the perfect amount of storage space.

We added these coated utility hooks all along the back wall for tools like shovels, rakes, brooms, mops, leaving room to grow.

A she shed makeover that is truly amazing! This shed began as dark and dusty, and is now functional, light, bright, airy, and rich in utility storage!

For the work space, we decided to make an L shaped table under the window and down the length of the wall, as a space for her to craft with the kids, cut flowers, or plant some veggies and flowers. I wanted to leave tons of storage room underneath for some rolling bins or baskets for all the heavy things no one wants to lug off shelves.

This she has gone from cob-web central to farmhouse style she shed perfection. It's got tons of storage and work space, and is the perfect area to do all the relaxing, creating, gardening, and organizing! All you need is a little paint, and some inspiration to get an amazing she shed!

Everything looks better with an adorable rug.  Can you believe my mom got that rug at Five Below?!

We added a reachable shelf with some black brackets and an 8′ piece of rough cut pine (just sanded down smooth) above the work table for storing some pots and supplies, showing off some of the kids’ artwork, and a few pretty coat hooks for garden supplies.

A rough cut pine board makes a perfectly rustic shelf to store all the potting shed necessities in an amazing she shed makeover.

There are a few other hooks around for keys, supplies, bags, whatever she needs, and a little spot for her trash can and recycling bins, and even the hose in winter.

I cannot believe how huge this she shed looks now, and how clean and bright is it. It makes me want to rope off part of the woodshop/garage to make a tiny adorable she-shed area for me and all my books and white furniture and white walls and hoarded furniture.

I’m just kidding, I’d need the whole garage for all my hoarded furniture, and many more gallons of paint.

This she has gone from cob-web central to farmhouse style she shed perfection. It's got tons of storage and work space, and is the perfect area to do all the relaxing, creating, gardening, and organizing! All you need is a little paint, and some inspiration to get an amazing she shed!

25 Comments

  1. Oh. Em. GEEEEE!!!!!! Girlfriend, I have so much she she’d envy right now- will you come do my shed??? 😉It absolutely stunning!!!♥️♥️♥️

  2. Kim this amazing! We have a shed that looks just like this one, I wonder if I can talk the hubby into turning it into a she shed? How lucky your mom is to have such a wonderful daughter to do this for her. Well done!!

  3. I’m trying to convince my husband to let me paint the inside of our shed white like this so I can use it as an office space. He keeps saying it’s going to be too much work with having to prep the inside before painting. I guess he’s taking about sanding wood and filling holes. Did you do any of that or just go for it with the paint?

  4. Hi Samantha! All I did was remove some of the old nails and a few shelves that were falling off, swept up, then used a leaf blower to get all the fine dirt out. I did wipe the floors down a bit before painting them, but I didn’t go crazy. I definitely didn’t sand or prep much of anything – it was less prep than painting a room inside!

  5. Hi my husband just bought me a she shed for our 25 th Anniversary, brand new custom ordered, my question is, I love what you did here but I’m thinking of staining the wood studs the same color as the exterior wood color a red mahogany and then paint the ply wood panels. Im just not sure what color to go with now that I seen your white as I love how much light yours reflects. Any suggestions??? I did have them put plenty of windows in 8,and 2 large barn doors at each end for ventilation and airflow. It also has the front door with 4x 12 ft porch. It’s a 12 x 24 with a upper storage balcony like area. I hope my description isn’t confusing. Wasn’t sure if a gray or beige would work with red mahogany, but would love any suggestions you may have. I do plan on putting in a black rubber floor for cushioning in garden and craft section 12ft. I’ll paint the floor like you did the other 12 ft where any furniture may be and lay rugs.
    This is going to be a multi purpose shed crafts, gardening, storage up top, small social area for inside/outside fun.

  6. My husband is in the process of renovating a shed for me. I’d love to see pics of the outside of this one! He’s painting the inside of mine white, too, and I’ve asked for a gray floor. This looks awesome!

  7. Wow, Kim this turned out amazing. It’s incredible what a difference all that white paint made. Now we have a shed but it’s full of equipment and stuff. If only I could get rid of it and make it mine. Hmmmmm

  8. Love your she shed. My husband just renovated a pool shed into she shed for my 25 wedding anniversary gift and LOVE IT. I am looking for other people who have she sheds and what they do any suggestions? Like are there any organizations for she sheds?

  9. Hi Kim. Thanks for all the info about using a paint sprayer on a she-shed, I’m about to start on mine. I’m seeing a lot of she-sheds on Pinterest like your mom’s-no insulation. What state does she live in/is the weather very mild? I want to be able to use mine year-round in Mississippi and plan to install an AC, but I think that means I need to insulate, add Sheetrock, and then I’ll lose all the cool beams.

    1. We live in south eastern PA, so we get all kinds of weather. It gets freezing in winter, and blazing hot & humid in the summer. I have seen some of her neighbors with an AC unit in theirs, but I’m not sure what the inside looks like. I would probably insulate it, b/c I feel like the AC would be running constantly in Mississppi! But you could probably do a foil or rigid insulation between beams/studs, and then cover only the insulation with paneling or even sheetrock it, then paint it.

  10. I love your shed. I’m building one the same size. So you’ve really helped me. The GPS comment is so funny. I do that just didn’t realize it. Lol. You have definitely inspired me. Thank you!
    Kathy

  11. I wish the heat wasn’t so bad and the high humidity would destroy the OSB or wafer-board. My shed will have to be insulated and have some sort of walls. All this to say is the south is expensive for a chick asking for the she shed. My she shed is going to be a Blast from the past with the exception of my chair being a papasan and I have a old vinyl record player that definitely will be jamming to. Decorating the she shed with my special old stuff

  12. This totally inspired me! I bought the exact same paint at Lowes with two coats sprayed on. Our 10×20 shed took 7 gallons of paint and this included the ceiling. All particle board. Thank you so much for sharing your ideas!

  13. You did such an amazing job! I would be thrilled if my shed comes out half as nice as this. How high up and how deep did you make the work table?

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