A Place to Pot

 After years of planning, perusing magazines, and procrastinating, I have a Potting Shed under construction~ a belated milestone birthday gift, more thrilling to me than a trip or shiny piece of jewelry!

A Place to Pot, Plan, and Putter!

Our inspector visits regularly

to see if things are in order :)

 My early spring issue of Country Gardens Magazine

was the inspiration for the exterior.

With a little picking from Cline’s Antiques

for a few salvage items~

~Doors, $12 each

~Posts for Front Porch, $15 each

~Rusted Metal for Roof of the Porch, $3 a panel, Tetanus shot not included :)

I took my savings from our pickings at Cline’s, and splurged on a pair of leaded glass windows, one hung horizontally and one hung vertically.

We found a pair of sash windows there also, installed to let light in but not to function, with built in work areas that I plan to skirt and use for storage underneath.

Southern Living provided some interior inspiration~ one white coat of paint, over spruce boards providing a clean surface for function and hanging on the walls, while allowing the knots and grain of the wood to show.

 With an overwhelming number of whites to choose from, I choose by name~ White Heron, cousin to the Blue Heron that fishes regularly in our cove and walks down our dock.

 I decided to keep the floors plywood~ stained the same color as the porch~ a neutral color, Cypress Moss.

I’m on the lookout for an indoor/outdoor area rug that can be swept or hosed down.

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Cedar Shake siding was given a couple of coats semi-transparent stain to speed up the aging process and tone down the new pink/red color.

Sherwin-Williams WoodScapes® Semi-Transparent, Blue Shadow~ more gray than blue.

Sherwin-Williams, Fireweed, SW 6328 for the doors~ a brick color, at times appearing more red depending on the light. And the green trim color is SW6452 Inland.

 Landscaping to come this fall,

and a roof in a week or so.

More to come as she grows :)

Update: Visit HERE for Potting Shed posts, additions, landscaping, etc.

Thank you for your visit, sharing with:

 Metamorphosis Monday

  56 comments for “A Place to Pot

  1. Mary from Virginia
    September 3, 2012 at 7:09 am

    WOW WOW WOW, and here I thought my little shed was so cute, you WIN! Love everything you are doing with this wonderful potting shed you have created. You should go into the shed building business. Can’t wait to see your landscaping. Any hints as to what you are planning?

  2. September 3, 2012 at 7:27 am

    Oh Mary! This is the most wonderful potting shed that I’ve seen. I fully expect it to be featured in a magazine! Can’t wait to see the landscaping. Right now I can see pots of mums on that little porch!

  3. September 3, 2012 at 7:58 am

    Oh Oh Oh … Mary! I’m so jealous! What a wonderful potting shed. Heck — it’s a wonderful little house to play in. What fun you are going to have!!!!!

  4. Clare
    September 3, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Beautiful! Can’t wait to see all the pretties that will come out that door!

  5. Mary "Skip" Weathers
    September 3, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Good morning Mary, What a delightful potting shed you have created! The stained glass windows are exquisite. Every post you write makes me smile.
    I enjoy your pictures too. I’m sure you will enjoy your little house. Your inspectors are precious. :)

  6. September 3, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Everything so precious, down to the little inspector.
    A potting shed to live in. Enjoy!

  7. September 3, 2012 at 9:16 am

    How Wonderful! A crafter/gardeners dream come true! Enjoy and be sure to post more pix as time goes on. Have a great day Carol

  8. September 3, 2012 at 9:43 am

    I love your little shed! I have one shed, but I need another and this is just adorable! Thanks for sharing the paint color names.

  9. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    September 3, 2012 at 9:54 am

    I already love her! Congrats to you, I know you’ll have lots of fun! Love the porch posts and the stained glass windows are just too cool! Can’t wait to watch the progress:@)

  10. September 3, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful shed! It’s gorgeous! I got on Pinterest and repinned so many of your potting sheds. Thanks for the inspiration, Angela @ Mrs. White Twig & Tea

  11. September 3, 2012 at 10:40 am

    I am WOWED by this, Mary!!! A few more finishes, and you will have a brand spankin’ new flower shed which looks like it has existed forever! LOVE all your choices!

  12. September 3, 2012 at 10:45 am

    What a lovely Potting Shed, Mary! I’d take a potting shed for my birthday over jewelry any time! I bought myself a tiered fountain for my birthday but, it is still “under construction:)

    Can’t wait to see all the lovely garden friends who will make your new potting shed their “dressing room.”

    Thanks for sharing…

  13. September 3, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Mary your potting shed is one of the cutest ones I have ever seen!!! I love it, and I love how you painted it, inside and out. I know you can’t wait to put it to good use. Please keep us posted as you move your potting paraphernalia inside!!!

    I guess you’ll get to post some pretty mums this fall in there! Enjoy your day!

    Ricki Jill

  14. September 3, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Your new shed is fabulous! I would love to have one but it probably wouldn’t be allowed in the new neighborhood:(. Love the colors and the stained glass is beautiful! Nice to get a new perspective on your place. Happy Labor day. XO, Pinky

  15. susan holler
    September 3, 2012 at 11:33 am

    OOH I love this it is so adorable.hang a home made wreath on the door.Fill up all the nooks and crannies with little pots of color and hang dried flowers from the ceiling.I wish I could come see it.Great job susieDate: Mon, 3 Sep 2012 10:01:33 +0000 To: siameseguru@hotmail.com

  16. September 3, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Wow, I want to take it home with me.

  17. September 3, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Oh my goodness! That is just gorgeous. Love it! WOW!!!!

  18. September 3, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Oh, this is total delight! I can’t wait to see all the creative posts that comes from this charmer. I see a few Potting Shed tablescapes in the future. Wonderful little front porch for a rocking chair or small table and chairs. You are going to have great fun with your new “play” house. What a wonderful birthday present!
    I know this has been a fun project. I’m off to visit you Pinterest inspiration board. ;-)

  19. September 3, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Mary, this is adorable. Love that you used salvage materials and splurge items together. I want one!!! xo

  20. Rachel
    September 3, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Love it, especially the front door.

  21. September 3, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    What a wonderful gift! We had a potting shed growing up. I loved helping my mom grow plants for our garden! Great memories! Have fun!

  22. Bonnie morgan
    September 3, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    What a wonderful dream come true for you. I look forward to many wonderful posts from there. I love seeing the progression of the new “place to pot” and how it evolves.

  23. September 3, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Perfect, perfect, perfect!! Such a grand place to pot, plan, and putter. I know you are just thrilled and the beautiful windows will let in fabulous light.

  24. September 3, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    What a sweet space! However, the true beauty in those pics is that adorable pup…. we lost our beloved, 15 year old bichon last december. She was an amazing doggy and I miss her desperately…. she was also twice the size of that little one you’ve got! Her name was Bisquit, but we called her Gorda (fatty!) most of the time, lol!

    thanks for sharing!

  25. Debbie
    September 3, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    I am so excited for you and a wee bit envious. Enjoy your new space.

  26. September 3, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    How adorable! Love your ideas of using the leaded glass windows and those posts on the front porch! The colors are stunning! Can’t wait to see what area rug you find!

  27. September 3, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Mary, Mary, Mary…..I am so over the top excited for you …that potting “shed/cottage” is spectacular…Oh, only in my dreams!!….And Clines???…that place is awesome!!…Have not gone this summer as it was way too hot to go scouring through the the items…waiting for cooler weather to wear my jeans and boots and gloves to go “pickin”….After it is all complete, I hope that you will be submitting this beauty to the magazines…definitely a “Cover Feature”….I would take the “potting cottage” over jewelry any day!!!….

  28. September 5, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Oh! It’s just absolutely perfect!!!!!

    I’m thinking of doing something similar only kind of a “summer kitchen/entertaining barn”…after I get the house done of course!



  29. September 5, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    What an absolutely glorious potting shed–from the shakes to the paint colors to the porch and columns–I just love every detail of it–beautiful!

  30. September 5, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    That is such an adorable and quaint little house! I love it!

  31. September 5, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    How very neat! My daughter hopes to have her little green house completed by late fall. Hers is nice, but yours is VERY unique!

  32. Karen S.
    September 5, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Such an exciting place of your own to create or dream away the hours!

  33. September 6, 2012 at 1:25 am

    Potting shed?! Wow! I’d live in that!! Beautiful!!!

  34. September 6, 2012 at 5:47 am

    Are you kidding me? I’d move right in there!
    Simply amazing!!!

  35. September 6, 2012 at 8:18 am

    fabulous. I’d grab a lamp, a chair and a book and spend the day!

  36. September 6, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Wow! I love the red door! What a wonderful place to work. I would be tempted to use it as an office.

  37. Taylor Boomer
    September 6, 2012 at 9:37 am

    home and boat,

    what a connection, water must be part of it too.

  38. September 6, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Oh my – this is soooo gorgeous! A little house all to yourself? Beautiful! The red door is the icing on the cake :)

  39. September 6, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    It’s so charming!!! I can almost visualize it surrounded by flowers and yard art. Lucky you!

  40. September 6, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    It’s perfect. Like the very best dream.


  41. September 7, 2012 at 7:20 am

    This really is the cutest little shed ever! What character and personality you placed in it. I would love to have a special little place like this of my own someday, but until I can get into my dream home with some acreage then this plan will have to wait. Great ‘P’ post!

  42. vbr
    September 7, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Oh! How wonderful! When I got this magazine I thought to myself, what a gorgeous sanctuary! You did a fantastic job making this your very own. Perfect P Post!!!!

  43. September 8, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    SO CUTE!! Beautiful job. Enjoy your new space!!

  44. September 8, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    This is amazing!!! I love all of the re purposed details.Great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

  45. September 8, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Mary, I’m so pleased for you and just totally wowed by this potting shed. It’s charming!!! I love the cedar shakes with the green trim and red door. And your leaded glass windows add such a perfect touch. All your forethought and planning have paid off; this is one of the cutest potting sheds I’ve seen.

    Have a wonderful weekend.


  46. September 9, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    A potting shed? Forget calling it a potting shed. Call it a guest house and I’m there! (Seriously, this is one lovely potting shed and you are a lucky woman.)

  47. September 9, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Amazing! Thank you for sharing your creative project at Potpourri Friday!

  48. September 9, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    This is so wonderful. I could camp out in it with the cat. Love it!!!

  49. September 11, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Oh, my WORD! I am so excited for you – this is such a sweet potting shed – love the salvaged details and the stained glass windows – your paint colors and the shingle siding are perfect! Beautiful – I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  50. September 11, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Mary! A potting shed?

    Forget it!

    I am moving in!

    I love, love, love, love, love this little building.

    Oh man.

    I am drooling here!

    What a particularly wonderful link to the letter ‘P’.


  51. Kristin
    October 10, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    This is so sweet! I’m building my own potting shed in the back yard, and have been scouring the Internet in search of *just* the right stain colour – which is how I somehow stumbled upon this page today.

    What’s so sweet is that your shed is so very much like mine. A little porch is key. Wood siding (although mine will be board & batten) is required. Interior will be painted white slats. And I even have a little horizontal window on the wall with my front door – I’ve been planning to paint it, and my other reclaimed sashes, green. Great minds certainly do think alike, don’t they?

    (You can watch my little shed progress here if you’re interested: http://pinterest.com/kgspottery/my-very-own-potting-shed/)

    Congratulations on completing (or coming close to completing) your adorable project!

  52. Janet
    December 3, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Love your shed. Do you have any plans to share? It looks like something I could tackle with my sons–need their muscles to do the lifting!

  53. January 27, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Mary, thanks for inspiring me. I have a little house I live in in the country. It is one room short of being perfect…a room for me, a room to create. It’s been years since I’ve had the opportunity to do that, and it’s just time! I’ve been following your blog for a bit now and have seen several posts about your potting shed, but today I found this one, the one about it’s creation. I have been considering putting one of those little prebuilt “cottage/shed” buildings in my back yard. I need to do a little more homework but I think this just clinched the deal! I have a feeling you’ll be hearing a lot from me!

  54. Jean Jackson
    September 17, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your potting shed!! You are extremely creative and talented. I also really like your work tables inside which is how I came across your blog…looking for galvanized steel countertops. I built a garden shed the summer of 2012 and have been continuing to work on it and gardens around it this summer. Thanks for sharing your inspiration!

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