Today, we’re sharing our outdoor metal shed makeover update!
This week marks 6 weeks we’ve been working on the metal shed makeover plans.
I know! I can’t believe it either!
I figured now would be the perfect time to share our progress and let you know what we still have left to complete.
Spoiler alert, it’s going to take an absolute miracle to make the Labor Day deadline. But that’s ok because I believe miracles happen every day ?
Metal Shed Makeover Update: Setbacks and Delays
This metal shed project has been so much more involved than I could have ever imagined. And truthfully about 2 weeks ago, I was ready to give up on it completely.
There have been more delays than I thought I had the patience for. We found out early on the shed was not properly sealed which blew a huge chunk of our budget.
One issue we encountered was with the placement of the shed. It backs up to a 2-acre portion of our property which is undeveloped.
At the time the shed was delivered, it sounded all romantic country cottage to place the shed at the entrance of the bunny trail, beside our memory garden and on the edge of the undeveloped preserve.
Unfortunately, this resulted in a pest issue I had a complete meltdown over. I can do a lot of things, but bugs of any kind is not one of them.
Thankfully, the issue has been mostly resolved.
Then we had to deal with the threat of Tropical Storm Isaias.
We suffered 2 minor injuries – a pulled muscle and 2 huge goose eggs from where the drill fell on S’s hand and the drill bit pierced her skin.
Not to mention some really intense migraines triggered by the weather and allergies that put me in the bed for a few days.
There have been disagreements on how to insulate the metal ceiling that got so passionate one night around my parent’s kitchen island, my Mom nervously interrupted us to ask if we needed more cookies and coffee ?
And then there was the night I was almost brought to tears when we drove an hour (one way) to pick up an AC unit only to have the sales associate tell us the floor model didn’t have all the parts it needed for an actual purchase.
But this weekend definitely takes the cake because we actually got locked inside the shed and couldn’t get out.
I know. You can’t make this stuff up.
After 45 minutes, we had to completely disassemble all the work we’d done on the AC window unit and cut out the screen. Thankfully, I had left the keys in the door or we’d have really been in trouble.
Then last night, after a pretty rough rainstorm we noticed water pooling around the door and creeping into the drywall by the window.
If it were November, I wouldn’t worry too much. But we’re about to really get into hurricane season and a leak of any kind is the last thing we need holding us up or back.
Metal Shed Makeover Update: Highlights
Despite it all, we keep going and nearly every morning we’re up bright and early.
Even on the weekends.
Because as Bob Goff says, “I used to think God guided us by opening and closing doors, but now I know sometimes God wants us to kick some doors down.”
My Dad has offered at least 100 times to come and help. But we don’t even live in the same town and summertime in Florida is no joke.
We’ve had weeks of temperatures in the high 90s with a humidity of almost 100% which makes me super nervous for my Dad to be working in what is basically a metal can.
I know he feels 16 inside on a good day and 21 on a bad day but he’s too old to be working when it’s that hot.
And so, S and I have been plugging away an hour or two at a time every day for 6 weeks.
To date, the metal shed has been sealed both inside and out. Although, as I mentioned we’re still finding a few issues here and there.
We have electricity and multiple outlets too.
The ceiling has been temporarily insulated (I still need to make a decision on the final insulation) and the walls have been insulated as well.
We learned to hang drywall for the first time which felt like a major accomplishment.
Slow & Steady + Shiplap
And now, we’ve installed shiplap too.
Well, faux shiplap because we blew so much of our budget early on.
My parents were super sweet to pick up 4×8 sheets of plywood and cut the plywood sheets into 6-inch boards which made it a million times easier to install.
Plus, it saved us another delivery charge from Lowes which runs about $85 in our area.
We used nickel spacers between the boards just like we did for the kitchen makeover. I think it’s going to look really nice once everything is painted a crisp white.
All in all, we’re making lots of progress even though there have been times where it didn’t *feel* like it one bit.
It sort of feels like when you’ve been trying to lose weight and for weeks you feel nothing. Then one day, you put on your favorite jeans, and you don’t have to lay on the bed to button them up anymore.
That’s pretty much how we feel right now, and I have to say, it feels really good ?
So, here’s what we have left to finish on the metal shed makeover update list:
Interior To-Do List:
- Insulate Walls
- Insulate Ceiling (temporarily)
- Add Drywall Over Insulation
- Add Shiplap Over Drywall
- Run Electrical and Add Outlets
- Decide if Floors Should Be Planked or Painted Battleship Gray
- Trim Out Windows
- Paint Walls White
- Refinish and Paint Built-In Table
- Refinish and Paint Hutch
- Create Work Island
- Add Workstation Table
- Add Seating Area
- Make Coffee Table
- Add Buffet Cabinet for Photography
- Add Rugs
Exterior To-Do List:
- Power Wash Exterior
- Add Fencing Around Base
- Add Concrete Blocks Around Base
- Create Flower Boxes
- Add Flower Boxes to Windows
- Create Steps
- Decide on Backyard Pathway
- Add Urns and Plants to Either Side of Shed Door
As I’ve shared before, this project is the biggest project we’ve ever undertaken so I know it will have to be completed in phases.
There’s just so much to do!
It totally gives me the giggles I thought I would be able to move in by Labor Day. I mean, look at this list. You’d think Shorty, Chip and Joanna were on the way to rescue this metal shed makeover.
You know what keeps me going though?
Your sweet comments, and the fact that every time I miss the stud, S yells out “Missed the Mark!” in this funny voice, and remembering how bad Paw Paw’s House started out.
Because this is basically nothing compared to that ?
So since Shorty, Chip and Joanna aren’t headed over here any time soon, we’re just going to keep plugging away an hour or two here and there until we finish this project.
More importantly, we’re going to keep appreciating the “meantime mess” we’re currently living in and celebrating every step along the way.
Like the double rainbow I captured last week hanging directly over the shed.
Thank you again to everyone that sent us their favorite quote or scripture so the walls could be covered with positivity and encouragement. It really meant so much!
A Few Other Makeovers We’ve Completed You Might Enjoy:
- One Room Challenge Bedroom Makeover Reveal
- One Room Challenge Office Makeover Reveal
- Dining Room Makeover Reveal
- Laundry Room Makeover Reveal at Loblolly Manor