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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Sewing, Crafting, Painting and Quilting: Turning Your Backyard Shed Into a Creative Cottage

Some hobbies take up a lot of space, like sewing, painting, and quilting. If you live in a small space, finding room to practice your favorite craft can be tricky. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a craft space of your own? Imagine having a whole room dedicated to crafting. How about converting your backyard shed into a creative space? Here are some ideas to help you.

Backyard Shed Into a Creative Cottage

Fix Up The Outside

Give your backyard shed a new lease of life with a coat of weather-proof paint. Since it’s going to be a space that inspires creative endeavors, why not paint it a bright, eye-catching color, like teal or lime green. Paint the door and trim in a brightly contrasting color. Put up a few window boxes and plant trailing flowers like nasturtiums and intermingle with sweet smelling herbs like mint, rosemary, and lavender.

Paint The Inside

If the interior walls of your shed are made from particle board there’s no need to drywall, you can simply paint them. The important thing to know is that particle board will suck up gallons of paint. To prevent this from happening, the best thing to do is add a coat with a particle board primer.


Cover The Floor

One of the easiest and most cost effective floor coverings for your craft cottage is stick-on vinyl floor tiles. They come in a great range of colors, they are easy to cut to fit your space and they are easy to keep clean. Adding a floor rug will help keep the place warm and will add a touch of comfort.

Light It Up

You’re definitely going to need good lighting, especially if you’re doing fine needlework. Your shed may not offer a great deal of natural light. If this is the case, you could consider replacing the windows for bigger ones, to let in more light. This may not be feasible and you will still need artificial light anyway for those times when you’re crafting late into the evening. Consider lighting the space with daylight bulbs. Heated lights are also good for the chilly months. Look at this website for some ideas about lighting.




Create your Crafty Environment

Now it’s time for the fun part. First, think crafting tables. You need a large surface to craft on and you will need to position it in the best lit area of the shed. Next, think storage, you’re going to need plenty of shelving for all your craft supplies and equipment. Use baskets and colored boxes to keep all your things in order. A great space-saving storage idea is pegboard. This will allow you to hang tools, scissors, and brushes as well as spools of ribbon and craft tape.

And there you have it. You have your own craft space, now you’re ready to begin creating wonderful works of art. Your new creative cottage is bound to inspire many creative adventures for years to come.

About the Author: Ethan Cameron has always been supportive of his wife, but her crafting business being run from the kitchen table was becoming a bit too much to handle - So he built her a dedicated craft studio in their back garden!

Image Credit: 1. Pixabay 2. Wyndham Design 3. Sarah Greenman