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“Shedding” some projects from my list…

Sorry that it’s been a while, but my little brother was here for almost a week (on and off) and I didn’t want to stop to post while he was busy working his fingers to the bone. Having him here is such a blessing, as I finally get to cross a ton of stuff off of my “to-do” list, and the relief I get from being able to do that is amazing.

One of the things we were able to finish was such thorn in my side for a while now – the shed! When I went to buy it off a Craigslist seller, it looked like this – in his yard.

Still on the original owner's property - not damaged!

It needed to be re-stained or re-painted, but that was pretty much all that needed to be done. After I took this picture, I left the shed mover to do what he needed to do to get it to my house and told him I’d meet him back at our house. Well, let’s just say that it didn’t make it to my house in one piece.

Front support beam - cracked right in half.

 

Back support beam - broken too! And another one in the middle.

When he put the shed on the supports, he didn’t even use 1/4 of the ones that were supposed to go under the shed, nor did he place them the way they should have been.

Call me crazy, but I'm pretty sure that's not the right way to do that.

Well, that’s how he left the shed, with promises to show up early the next day and fix the three broken beams, place it correctly on the supports, tie it down and fix the part of the flashing on the roofline that he hit, and in the process tore down, with a cable wire with on the way over (no pic of that, sorry!). Long story short, he never showed back up. Fast forward three or four weeks, and I finally got someone to fix what he broke, but they still haven’t finished what they should have. It’s still not tied down, and they used wood boards to support the shed, not the concrete blocks we supplied to them. But at least it’s usable, so at least we could start to move on with the project.

I stopped by the Sherwin Williams store and was lucky to find they had a five gallon mistint of exterior paint just waiting for me! I still can’t believe I only paid $50 for the whole thing! Usually it’s $55 a gallon!! They were also able to tint it to “Barn Red”, which we used because we kind of liked the color of the original stain and it was pretty close. It covered the stain with two coats and I love that it looks like a much cleaner finish than the blotchy stain it had.

Testing out the color - right side

Then we added a bright white trim and I just love, love, love it! It’s the perfect color for blending in without being completely invisible in it’s space. Does that make sense? I originally would have loved to have it a bright, Key West inspired color palette, but it would have stuck out like a sore thumb in our woodsy yard.

Painting complete!

And then, to make it a little prettier, I added a few decorative touches.

Almost complete!!

I planted a bunch of wild flowers in the empty pots I had all over the yard from when we moved in and transplanted everything into the ground,

They already started to sprout!!

and repainted the thermometer above the doors a metallic blue. Now, I just have to wait for the flowers to grow, and add some more mulch around the front and I’ll consider this pretty much done!! I love that it’s not an eye sore, and that my garage finally has some breathing room since we were able to move most of the yard stuff and the bikes, etc into the shed.

So, that’s one project down, and it was a big one. Thank God for Little Brothers!

What projects are you working on today??

Thanks for stopping by!

Eliesa

 

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tracy
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 09:12:47

    Love it… the shed has a really charming quality now and what a great buy at Sherwin Williams! Thanks for the tip – I’ve never bought mistint paint before, but now I’ll think to look for it.

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