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Budget Friendly Shed Makeover Reveal

As I type this, I’m sipping a peppermint mocha next to our tree that has nothing on it save for the glow of tiny white lights. 

I can hardly believe this season of the One Room Challenge is coming to an end.

Without a doubt, it’s been one for the books.

 A big shout out and thank you to the One Room Challenge and media partner Better Homes and Gardens for sponsoring this bi-annual inspirational event. 

Budget-Friendly Shed Makeover 

Just a few days ago we were leaving the parking lot of Lowes when a fellow customer flagged us down to assist her with a man, she feared was having a stroke.  

As we got closer, we could clearly see he was unresponsive and slumped over in the driver’s seat of his SUV. 

My bestie S immediately called 911. While I helped the good Samaritan bring him round and briefed the manager of Lowes on the man’s condition. 

Thankfully, the ambulance arrived within minutes and the EMTs took over.

As you can imagine though, it completely shook us up.

On the way home, we talked about how the One Room Challenge is so aptly named.  

I honestly don’t know a single person that has ever competed in this Challenge that hasn’t encountered a “test of wills” event.

Believe me, we know these events all too well.   

There was the Spring One Room Challenge my Dad had a mild heart attack working on the bedroom makeover.

And the year my bestie S had an accident so severe she temporarily lost the use of both legs for months during the One Room Challenge we made over the kitchen and pantry. 

So, it seemed completely apropos as we were putting the finishing touches on Phase One of the budget-friendly shed makeover, we got the news Hurricane Eta was heading toward Florida.

With heavy rains predicted to hit our coastal community within hours, I grabbed the Christmas bins by the door, a few pieces of ironstone from the bookshelves, and raced to take pictures before the storm set in.  

Painted Hutch and DIY Console Table

I started by layering the painted hutch we refreshed in Week 3 with greenery and ironstone collected from treasure hunts with my Mom. 

It’s hard to believe this is the same piece that had previously been holding paint cans in our garage the past few years.

I’m so thankful it worked out though because we blew our budget really early on.  

I wanted to put a skirt on the DIY console table base we completed in Week 4.

But with the storm coming, the baskets were the quickest option and I wound up loving the extra layer of texture. 

DIY Office Work Island

Once the hutch and base were in place, I decided to turn my attention to dressing up the DIY office work island. It takes up one entire side of the shed.

I love that its counter height, has room for extra seating, and can be used to hold office supplies. 

It’s also great for spreading out paint and fabric samples and design books too.

My Mom and I found this scale for $5 one year at Renningers. 

It was a beast to haul out to the shed. Every time I see it, I think of our many treasure hunting trips.

The painting was a sweet gift from my friend Liz after the passing of our beloved Talladega and one of my most cherished possessions.  

I use a paper calendar every day. Yet I love having a large chalkboard to help stay on track.

Using an Entry Table As a Desk

When we were in the early planning stages of this budget-friendly shed makeover, I knew my desk had to be sturdy enough to use every day.

Yet also light and easy to move for photoshoots and studio days.

This slim table was actually made for an entry. But the size wound up to be perfect to use in the shed as a desk. 

I chose an outdoor rug because I wanted something with texture that would be simple to clean.  It’s a good thing too because, in week 4, I spilled a glass of grape Kool-Aid on it.

DIY Budget Friendly Workstation 

One of my favorite pieces in the shed makeover was the budget-friendly workstation we created in Week 4. 

The marble inspired laminate countertop is simple to use and easy to clean.

The legs made from deck posts we cut down to counter height was a fun last-minute find. And it totally saved our budget too.

The chippy door was another piece we picked up at Renningers. It’s a great backdrop to use in any season, especially for the holidays.  

I found the deer while we were at the cabin a few years ago. We use it all around the house during Christmas.

 

The Thing That Tripped Us Up The Most…

There were several projects we completed for this budget-friendly shed makeover that gave us pause. But I can honestly say nothing tripped us up like the chandeliers. 

The scale of the first set we ordered was too small. The second set arrived much later than expected and the single page “instruction manual” barely had a word on it. 

My sweet Dad talked us through everything via Zoom which was a huge blessing.

While I originally had no plans to dress this budget-friendly shed makeover, in Christmas style, I’m thankful for the layers of greenery and sparkly ornaments.

The Crowned Goat Cottage has been a long time coming. It feels like the perfect way to kick off the holiday season and celebrate.

I’ve walked into this office space a thousand times. Yet it still feels surreal to be able to call it my own.

From the Bottom of my Heart…

To our TCG friends – Thank you for your love, support, kindness, and encouragement throughout this event.  There were a few days I was completely ready to give up and your reassurance kept me in the game. 

Thank you to my Mom who helped me space plan and move in all the furniture.

And finally, to my bestie S without whom none of this would have even been possible – thank you for the late nights, the early mornings, the countless weekends, the Hitchcock episode I wouldn’t have been able to face without you, the rides to get custard, the tissues for my tears, your troubleshooting skills, problem-solving genius, and steady hand. 

Every inch of this space is filled with your best gifts and abundant blessings neither of which I take for granted.

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  • Wall Color: Valspar Du Jour
  • Trusses & Workstation Base: Valspar Faint Maple
  • Floor Color: Valspar Porch Paint in New Concrete
  • Marble Laminate Countertop: Lowes
  • Bar Stools: Joss and Main, similar
  • **Bar Chairs: Amazon
  • Desk Chair: Estate sale, similar 
  • Rug: Lowes (no longer available), similar

Be sure to visit the One Room Challenge featured designers here and the guest participants here.

These 6 weeks have been a wild ride and an adventure we’ll never forget!

Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,

CoCo

 

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68 Comments

  1. Love it! And what a neat time to stage and decorate it: Christmas!! Such a magical time of year and yet you still have Thanksgiving so you can be thankful for all you’ve accomplished and the beauty you’ve created. Well done.

    1. Thank you so much, Linda! I seriously don’t think I could have pulled it off without all your thoughtful words and cheering us on. It’s definitely been a wild ride but I’m beyond thankful to be able to enjoy it during the holiday season. The sparkles get me every time I walk in here 🙂 Sending you big hugs and a TON of thank yous for all your support, CoCo

  2. Great job, Coco! So much work went into this project with help from your loved ones. What a blessing. It is beautiful!

    1. I really appreciate it, Ellen, thank you so much! It definitely feels like Christmas and Thanksgiving came early this year. I’m beyond grateful for all the support and gifts of service that made this project a special one. Sending you hugs and thank yous, CoCo

  3. Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces says:

    Congratulations on finishing your wonderful work cottage, CoCo! A labor of love, for sure…and it turned out beautifully! I know you will have many fun, creative days there! It was fun to watch it all come together!

    1. Thank you bunches, Linda! Gah – can you believe the inside is finally finished. It’s been such a long time coming but I couldn’t be more grateful for all the extra special ways people showed up, including sweet cheerleaders like you. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Big hugs and stay warm, CoCo

  4. I think your Cottage Shed is absolutely Gorgeous! I know you will enjoy it for a long time. I pray that you will not have to suffer with any hurricane/tornado damage. I’ve been through that with my condo at PCB. No fun at all. My hubby finally decided he was done with it and sold it earlier this year. Makes me so sad but I understood. It is wonderful that you have such a good friend to help you and run around with too. It’s always more fun with two! Now enjoy the spoils of your work.
    Janet

    1. Thank you so much, Janet! I swear I do not know what I was thinking taking on this project during hurricane season. We’ve had mostly heavy rains and flooding throughout the season which is not a complaint at all after seeing what our friends on the Gulf have been through. I’ve been hearing, “We should move to the mountains” a lot lately he he. Sending you big hugs for all your sweet support during this project. It was such a labor of love and I’m grateful for your encouragement, CoCo

  5. Your shed is beautiful Coco! What an amazing feat! The chandelier you ended up with couldn’t be more perfect for the look you’ve created. I will be staying tuned to see all the creative things you’ll do there. So happy for you!

    1. I can’t thank you enough for your kind words and sweet support, Denise, thank you! That chandelier gave us a fit but I’m thankful my Dad was able to talk us through it all over Zoom. He’s asked me at least 10 times if I can walk under it without hitting a crystal he he. Sending you hugs and thank yous for all your encouragement along the way, CoCo

  6. You have worked so hard and it has paid off! It’s the prettiest reveal of a shed I have ever seen and I don’t throw the “ever” around very often! I’m so excited for you. Make me want to redo my office considering it looks like it’s straight from the 90’s. Just need to find the time. But it will never be as cute as your shed! Love it. Enjoy and big hugs.

    1. Aww thank you so much, Cindy! I take that as the highest compliment 🙂 I’m not even going to lie there were definitely tears involved and I’m beyond thankful to have it finished before the holidays. There were times I didn’t think we were going to be able to finish it at all. I know your office space will look amazing too. It might take longer than you think (this took WAY longer than I even imagined) but the effort will be worth it and so are you. Sending you lots of big hugs and tons of thank yous for all your sweet support, kind words, and encouragement through everything. It made a huge difference, CoCo

  7. Oh, good job!!! It’s both pretty and functional….. I’d give a lot to have a shed like this… wish I could talk Mr B into it, but after 20 years of incessant whining without a yes, I guess I have to call defeat…. But glad you didn’t let the ORC defeat you. And now as Eta has her way with us, batten down the hatches!

    1. I’m not even gonna lie, Crystal, there were a few times I was completely ready to give up. This project was so much harder than I ever expected. I’m thankful we stuck with it though and I’m thankful we were able to finish it before the holidays too. It’s so hard to believe Eta is still out there – I swear it’s like she has 9 lives 🙂 Stay safe and I’ll be thinking of you guys. I can’t wait until hurricane season is officially over. Big hugs and thank you for all your support during this challenge, CoCo

  8. Coco you know I love this so much! I knew you would make this beautiful and you sure did. Love your lighting girl it’s beautiful!

    Okay, I need a deer like yours. I have been looking for one not as large and that doesn’t scream Christmas. I just can’t find one.

    Cindy

    1. I appreciate you so much, Cindy, thank you. Without a doubt, this entire project was a labor of love and I’m beyond grateful to have it finished before the holidays. Believe it or not, that deer was a thrifted find and I don’t quote me but I think it was less than $10. I’ll keep my eyes peeled for a similar one for you. Renningers is about to have their last big show of the year in a few weeks and we never know what we’ll find 🙂 Sending you big hugs and tons of thank yous for all your encouragement and support. It really helped us through and means the world to me, CoCo

  9. Looks Lovely! You guys did a great job!

    1. Thank you so much, Lynda, I really appreciate it! Hope your day has been a special one, CoCo

  10. FABULOUS!! I fully expected to be impressed, but I am BLOWN away!! It’s truly a gem! Great job!

    1. Such a sweet compliment, Heather-Scherie, thank you so much! I can’t believe how fast these 6 weeks have gone by and I’m beyond thankful to have it finished in time for the holidays. It definitely feels like Christmas came a little early this year 🙂 Heading over to see your fabulous toddler room reveal now. Hugs and congratulations on finishing this challenge, CoCo

  11. CoCo, it is absolutely perfect!!! I love every single thing that you (and all your sweet helpers) have accomplished – I can only imagine how exhausted you and S were – but I hope you will continue to feel it was worth it! The painting of Talladega brought tears – I hurt with you when she passed away. The goat (painting or print?) made me smile – so cute! And that deer has always been my favorite of your Christmas decor – I would probably leave him out all winter! I always keep my eyes open hoping to find one similar! You are an inspiration and I hope you feel the love of your followers because I know I’m not alone in loving and appreciating you ! 🙂

    1. You’re making me melt today, Patty, thank you so much for your kind and caring words. They mean the world to me and are very much appreciated. I’m actually writing this at the desk you saw pictured in the post with my afternoon London Fog, Christmas music playing and the door is wide open so I can watch the birds, butterflies, turtles, and squirrels play. Honestly, it feels like an amazing feat after all the delays we encountered. There were definitely some sleepless nights and many times my Dad had to give me his famous, “Onward and Upward” speech because I felt like giving up. Thankfully, I have you guys to help talk me through it all and get back on track. It feels like a dream come true and your support and encouragement helped us make it to the finish line. Sending you tons of hugs and thank yous, CoCo

  12. This really turned out to be such a magical space Coco! You’re going to have so much fun creating in there and what an amazing space to be able to photograph in!!

    1. Thank you, Lindsey! I’m really excited about the way it all came together. It was a huge undertaking so I’m thankful for every minute to be able to spend out there. Sending you big hugs and congratulations on finishing your husband’s closet. It looks so fancy 🙂 Hugs, CoCo

    1. Thank you, Karen! I actually started crying when I saw it all finished ha ha. I think I was just so tired and so thankful to have it behind us. And seeing how it all came together totally overwhelmed me in a good way. Thank you for all your sweet support, CoCo

  13. Oh my goodness! Waiting for your reveal on the cottage has been like waiting for Christmas! Now I finally get to see the results of all you and S’s hard work! Everything looks absolutely gorgeous, CoCo! What fun that you were right on time to decorate the shed up for Christmas! The furnishings and lighting you chose are perfection and that scale…I think I’ve mentioned before how much I ADORE it! Congratulations! You knocked this one out of the park!

    1. Thank you so much, Christine! I seriously can’t believe after all the delays, hurricanes, and shipping dramas we pulled it off. I’m excited about the way it all came together though. It feels like such a dream. I can’t thank you enough for all your kind words, support, and encouragement from start to finish. It was a huge help and blessing! Sending you hugs and thank yous, CoCo

  14. This space is absolutely incredible! I can’t even believe it is a shed, it’s beautiful! What joy it must bring to you knowing you completed this. You have a magical space to work in!
    XO
    Kristin

    1. I appreciate your sweet words so much, Kristin, thank you! We had tons of delays thanks to an active hurricane season and plenty of times I didn’t think we’d finish this year. Being able to have it all dressed up for Christmas feels like a dream come true and I’m beyond grateful. Hope your weekend has been a special one, CoCo

  15. This space is absolutely gorgeous – I love your style, CoCo. Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ’s!

    1. I really appreciate it, Ann, thank you so much! It’s been a long time coming so I’m definitely ready to kick back and “party in my PJs” for a few days 🙂 Hugs, CoCo

  16. WOW, wow, and wow. I’ve been following the transformation of the shed. You had an amazing vision for this space and it’s turned out just gorgeous. This will be the perfect spot for daily work and beautiful photo shoots. LOVE it!! Featuring this great accomplishment on All About Home this evening!

    1. Oh my gosh, Debra, thank you! That’s so sweet of you and such a great way to kick off this week too. I’m not even going to lie, there were a few times I was ready to completely give up on this project because there were so many delays. Looking back though, I know they just made me stronger and helped the magic of this place feel so much sweeter once we were finished. You’d be a most welcomed guest out here any time 🙂 Sending you hugs and thank yous, CoCo

  17. I am so impressed! This was an incredible transformation. Your hard work really paid off!

    1. Thank you so much, Tracy! There were definitely a few times I did not think we were going to be able to pull it off at all. But looking back, I’m thankful for the experience and to be able to work out here now. It feels like a dream come true. Hugs, CoCo

  18. Coco,
    It looks so amazing!! What a wonderful project and all your decor details just make it stunning! So much inspiration! I’m featuring you this week at Charming Homes and Gardens! Thanks so much for sharing your ORC with us!

    1. You are so sweet to feature my shed to office makeover, Kristin! Thank you so much. I’ve been working in here all week and it still feels so surreal that it’s finally finished. You’ve made my week a special one! Hugs and thank yous, CoCo

  19. Lucky you to have a she shed…I am dreaming of having one when we move next year. Enjoy your new dream place…it’s off to a great beginning!

    1. Thank you, JP! I can completely relate to dreaming of having a shed one day. I’ve been working in here all day and it still feels surreal. Don’t stop believing and send me pictures so I can be excited with you 🙂 Hope your day is a special one, CoCo

  20. Coco,
    This turned out so great. We are so honored to share your shed on Wednesday’s Charming Homes & Gardens Link Party.
    Rachel

    1. I appreciate you guys so much, Rachel, thank you! It’s always tons of fun to see what you guys are up to and I’m grateful for your sweet support each week. Hugs, CoCo

  21. I was so excited when I saw the word “reveal” in the title! This is amazing! What a wonderful space! Well done! Also, thank you for sharing at Embracing Home and Family, I am featuring you this week!

    1. Aww thank you, Jennifer! It feels like this project took forever to us too ha ha. I’ve been out here working all week and I’m beyond thankful to have a place I love that I can write posts and be as messy and as creative as I want to be 🙂 It feels like such a dream come true and I appreciate all the support and encouragement you gave us along the way. It meant so much! Big hugs and thank yous, CoCo

  22. Oh my goodness, it is STUNNING. There is nothing about it that I don’t adore! You have done yourself proud, CoCo. I have no doubt you will enjoy this space for many years to come. Thank you for sharing the reveal with us!

    -Niky @ The House on Silverado

    1. I really appreciate that Niky, thank you! It’s been such a wild ride trying to get it all finished during hurricane season and the Florida heat. I’ve been working out here all week and it feels like the best dream. Christmas definitely came early for me this year. Hugs and thank you for your sweet words, CoCo

  23. Wow! Great job, CoCo and family!!! Crowned Goat Cottage turned out beautifully!!! I love the creamware in all stacked up and the Christmas decor. I hope the shed made it through the hurricane safely. <3 Happy to feature your wonderful new work studio at this week's Share Your Style #282.

    Happy almost Thanksgiving to you,
    Barb 🙂

    1. I appreciate you so much, Barb, thank you! While I had no plans to decorate this space for Christmas, I have to admit it’s been fun to work in here each day with all the trees and sparkles. It definitely feels like a sweet way to celebrate the season and finishing this space. Hugs and thank you so much for the feature, CoCo

  24. CoCo, this is simply stunning! I love every detail and how you have it all decked out for Christmas. If this was mine I don’t think I’d ever leave! (And maybe I’d get some more work done!) Thank you so much for sharing it with us at Farmhouse Friday!

    1. Thank you, Michelle, I’ve thought about adding a little bed, fridge, and hot plate several times just for the sake of a cabin-like experience since we haven’t been able to travel at all this year. I’m beyond thankful to finally have it all finished. It was a huge labor of love. You’re welcome out here any time 🙂 Hugs and Happy Thanksgiving, CoCo

  25. This is absolutely beautiful! And I hope you all came through the storm ok, too. Here’s to many happy days working in your new digs.

    1. Thank you, Angela! After all that work, I could not believe we were about to be under a hurricane watch. I don’t know what I was thinking taking on this project during hurricane season but I’m super thankful to have it all behind us. It’s been so much fun to work in there and have a space to be creative. Hope you’ve taken some time to relax and enjoy your space too, CoCo

  26. The shed turned out absolutely beautifully Coco! What a wonderful spot you now have!! I am completely in love with everything you did in it 🙂 (and so glad you survived the ORC again LOL!)

    1. Aww, thank you so much, Lisa! It was a labor of love, to say the least, and I’m beyond thankful to have a space I can be as creative or as messy as I want to be. Sending you lots of hugs, CoCo

  27. Oh, Coco! You have had your fair share of ORC challenges. As usual, you knocked it out of the park. 🙂 It all looks so lovely.

    1. I know, Stacy! I don’t want to use the “c” word but sometimes I wonder if I might need a smudge stick when it comes time to participate in the ORC 🙂 I know you know all about the adventures and challenges of each space though. Everything you do is always magical. Thank you so much for all your sweet words, I appreciate it, CoCo

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