Building A Storage Shed - Part II: Shed Organization

Oct 27, 2016 +

Time to update you on the shed. As I posted earlier, the shed turned out to be a fairly quick and easy build. With a few custom touches, it fit right in with our cottage decor. The final step was to get the shed truly functional and organized.

As you can see, the end product looks great and we have vast amounts of storage. But let's back up to a Before shot:

This was how the shed was looking for a few weeks. It was easy to just pile things in the shed and pull them out as we needed them. We had room for all of our things (as disorganized as they were) so really, we could have just shut the doors and the shed would have functioned fine.

But Sean likes his 'man caves' organized. Very organized. I mean, have you seen our garage?? He keeps his power tools and wood scraps neater than I keep my fabric swatches and rolls of gift wrap. I tease but I secretly love opening the garage door and seeing everything neat and orderly.

Which is why we put custom built-in shelving in the shed. Let's get organized! 

Sean first nailed in 1x6x8 boards in the corners of the left wall. The boards would be used to hold up the brackets.

To determine the spacing with the shelves, we used the same approach we used for our kitchen renovation: take an inventory of all your items and size your shelving to fit. We knew that our biggest item would be the cooler and that would have to sit on the floor.  (Side note: this cooler was a wedding gift. We had a wedding registry at The Home Depot Canada with items such as ladders, a router, and this cooler. True story!!). The cooler would determine the height of the first bracket.

For the shelves themselves we used 1x4x8 boards cut to the width of the shed. We would need three boards to form one shelf. Since the metal shelf brackets we were using only had screw holes at the tips, Sean needed to drill two additional holes in the middle of one of the arms. This allowed him to screw into the middle board from the underside and provide additional stability.

We were able to fit three shelves on one side of the shed. This left plenty of room to store our paint cans (they'll be moved inside for the winter), tool kits, and outdoor chairs.

We also wanted to make use of the long back wall for storage. The shed kit came with long-handle storage brackets. We installed these at the top of the shed and they provide a perfect spot for brooms, brushes, and a rake. Below that, Sean nailed in another 1x8 board. Various screw-in vinyl coated hooks are used to hold up more tools and toys.

Additional lidded storage bins are used to separate and store other loose items like our painting drop cloths and work clothes. Keeping the storage containers consistent ensures they stack nicely and keep a small footprint. We've put our ladder on the right side of the shed, but if needs change, we can always add in more shelving.

It only took us about an hour to build the shelves and store everything away. Sad to say the cottage season is ending and we won't be opening this shed again until next spring! Let's hope it stays this neat and tidy for many cottage summers to come.


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by The Home Depot Canada. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words.

Painted Shiplap in the Bathroom

Oct 24, 2016 + , ,

Do you have any shiplap in your house? It's popularity doesn't show any signs of waning. We were so thrilled with the natural shiplap in our cottage living room that we decided to put it in the main bathroom as well.

grey painted shiplap in the bathroom, round wood mirror, milk glass sconce |

This bathroom has no natural light so there's a bit of a yellow cast in these photos. We used the same steps as in our living room shiplap. I really love how the horizontal gaps are really pronounced here. We decided to paint the shiplap (Sing Time P5221-34D by PARA Paints) which is a mid-tone grey with a hint of green. It provides an unexpected hit of colour in our mostly all-white cottage.

grey painted shiplap in the bathroom, round wood mirror, milk glass sconce |

The large wood mirror (STABEKK from Ikea) warms up the grey scheme. It also repeats the wood tone found in other elements around the cottage, like the railing.

grey painted shiplap in the bathroom, woods shower curtain |

Speaking of woods, our shower curtain (Nordic Forest from Simons) is reminiscent of the famous Cole And Son Woods wallpaper. Our cottage is surrounded by trees so it was a fitting choice.

grey painted shiplap in the bathroom, industrial bathroom hardware |

The bathroom hardware has an industrial feel. You could totally DIY something similar out of plumbing parts. 

grey painted shiplap in the bathroom, round wood mirror, milk glass double sconce |

My favourite element though is the double sconce light fixture. I love the mix of milk glass, brass, and aged steel. I first tried these with Edison bulbs but they didn't give off enough light. So I switched them with the globe bulbs that came from the strip lighting that the builder had originally installed in this bathroom. They're pretty cute.

We were glad to have this bathroom finished because the cottage is all closed up for the season now. We didn't get to everything we planned to but I'm not too disappointed. It was an awesome first summer at the cottage!

Making Getting Up In The Morning Easier

Oct 20, 2016

I am what you call a heavy sleeper. I can fall asleep with the lights on, in a moving car, on the sofa, with the TV blaring. You name it, I can sleep through it. The downside to all this is I find it super difficult to wake up. I am so not a morning person. The shorter days of fall are even more troublesome. Who wants to wake up to chilly mornings and dark skies? Not me.

The Philips team reached out recently to let me try the Philips Hue White Ambiance kit. I don't normally review products here but I was intrigued. Could this help me wake up more easily? Home automation is an ever increasing trend so I wanted to find out if these lights, controlled via a switch or by your smart devices, were something that made my home function better too.
The kit comes with two bulbs, a bridge, and a dimmer switch.  One thing that can make you hesitant to try devices like these is the cumbersome setup. That wasn't an issue with the Philips Hue. It had the easiest set up, no hard wiring, no tools required. All I had to do was switch out my lightbulbs for the ones provided, connect the bridge to my router, and install the app. It was that easy! Even the dimmer switch can be wall mounted using the adhesive backing.

The lights are very versatile. The app contains preset scenes, or you can program your own routines and preferences, or you can use the dimmer switch. You can even control the lights while you're away from home which is great if you're away from home but want it to appear that you're not.

I gave the lights a test run by putting the bulbs in the sconces in our bedroom. I wanted to see how they functioned for various situations - reading in bed, waking up slowly, relaxing, and providing a calm winding down at the end of the night.

I created a 'wake up' routine to have the lights come on slowly over 15 minutes in the morning. Now here's one personal finding: while I liked having the light to slowly nudge me awake, Sean did NOT. He is a very light sleeper and he instantly awoke as soon as the lights came on. I guess having compatible light preferences is important if you're using this in a bedroom!

Here's a quick video I made showing some of the settings. I went the super easy route and used Siri's voice recognition capability to activate the preset scenes. It saves me from having to go into the app and advance through the options to find the setting I want.

Overall, I was really impressed with the product and its features. It offered a wide range of light, from a soft warm light to a pure white light. It's also expandable and you can connect up to 50 bulbs to the bridge. I would see it being handy in rooms where you want to be able to change the ambiance, like a living room, dining room, or library. Being able to schedule routines is convenient and you can create different moods without having to think about it.

What do you think... are programmable lights something you'd try in your own home?


Disclosure: I was provided the Philips Hue White Ambiance. However, I was not asked to write a review or received additional compensation. All opinions and words, as always, are my own.

Building A Storage Shed - Part I: Assembly

Oct 18, 2016 +

Are you prepping your home for the colder weather? With fall upon us, we faced the sad reality that it was time for us to close up the cottage for the season. That meant finding a more permanent home for all of the things we've been storing temporarily under the cottage like our tools, beach chairs and cooler. It was time to build a shed.

building a storage shed assembly and instructions |

We headed to The Home Depot Canada to check out their sheds in person. We had three must-haves on our list: a shed with a small footprint, with a lean-to roof, in a style that would suit our cottage. The Ocoee Wood Shed fit our criteria except for the style but we had some ideas on how we could customize it to get the look we wanted.

building a storage shed assembly and instructions |

The shed came with everything we needed for the build including nails, door hardware, and trim. Shingles for the roof and paint were not included. Some of the parts were pre-assembled, like the pre-hung double doors, which made for a very large package. We had to rent a utility trailer to transport the shed so that's a cost to consider when you're shopping for a shed.

1. Lay A Foundation

The first step is to lay a foundation for the shed. Since the grade was level and we were dealing with a small structure, we went with inexpensive cement pavers as our foundation. Sean first levelled out the existing pea gravel surrounding the base of our cottage, then placed and levelled the pavers, and finally placed the preassembled base structure on top.

building a storage shed assembly and instructions |

2. Assembly

building a storage shed assembly and instructions |

The building of the shed was fairly easy (says the girl who went swimming at the pool with Chloe while Sean actually built the shed). Instructions were clear, including helpful tips like where to place braces. Sean assembled and built the shed on his own in about three hours.

building a storage shed assembly and instructions |

The structure itself felt strong and stable. Angles were square, doors lined up, and the semi-finished product looked quite good. We were very happy with the quality of this shed.

3. Customization

At this point, you have the option of painting your shed and adding on the trim that is included in the shed kit. We decided to add custom touches to help the shed blend in with our cottage. Our plan was to add siding on the sides of the shed and a trim detail on the front to give it a barn door feel.

building a storage shed, building a jig |

Sean has done enough DIY projects to know to look for ways to make the job go faster and easier. Since there was lots of siding to be installed and each piece needed to be equally spaced, Sean built a jig to help with this task. 
  • Step 1: Determine how much overlap you want between the pieces of siding. Take two scrap pieces of siding and overlap them by this amount (we used 1"). Ensure the overlap is level and glue the two pieces together to create a jig.
  • Step 2: Place this jig against the siding.
  • Step 3: Place your next piece of siding atop the jig. The siding now overlaps the bottom piece by your chosen amount.
  • Step 4: Nail the siding in place.
Forgotten step: wear safety glasses as you use your nail gun ;)

Sean managed to get a third of the siding installed before the end of the day. The next morning, he quickly finished installing the rest of the siding. He then added shingles to the roof (the shed used one bag of shingles). Finally, he used a paintable exterior sealant to fill in all the gaps and nail holes.

building a storage shed assembly and instructions |

4. Painting

building a Home Depot storage shed assembly and instructions |

We gave the shed two coats of the same exterior paint as our cottage. Next step was to figure out the door detail. We used some of our siding pieces to create these diagonal trim pieces as they didn't come with the kit. Once we had that decided, we painted all of the trim pieces before installing them. And in two days, we had this:

building a Home Depot storage shed assembly and instructions |

building a Home Depot storage shed assembly and instructions |

We were thrilled with how this project turned out. The shed looks like it has been there all along and it provides ample room to store our things. Now while this project might look finished, I do have some shed storage organization ideas to share with you soon. Sean is a bit fanatical about having an organized garage and this shed was no different. Can't wait to share our organization tips and tricks with you!


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by The Home Depot Canada. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words.

The Love List

Oct 14, 2016 +

Sean Anderson just might be my new favourite designer. His style feels like a masculine version of Lauren Liess

I'm crazy over this plaid duvet cover

Blogger Erin Gates' new collection is lovely. Those throws!

Diana has crafted the cutest Kate Spade pumpkins

Splurge vs Save ideas for the kitchen

I like this clever mirror door makeover

These kid-friendly Halloween ideas are adorable

My home office needs this

This home is fall, personified

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