Skirting the Issue

My Potting Shed is a work in progress~

with just a couple of big details left to finish

and lots of small details to keep me busy

as I continue to transplant and prune :)

You can see how she’s grown here.

After dressing my windows with a roll of  landscape burlap from Lowe’s, I was on the hunt for something to topdress :) my work surface/countertops, along with fabric to skirt my work benches to conceal the storage area underneath.

My work areas are approximately

4 feet x 2 feet.

I wanted a work surface that would be functional, easy to clean, economical, and not look too finished.

I found a sheet metal shop that does HVAC duct work to cover my plywood counters with galvanized sheet metal and attach a back splash.

The total for two four-foot, medium gauge galvanized counters with back splash, and soldered edges was $75~ and ready in a day!

We used construction adhesive to secure the counter tops in place.

I found cafe curtains from Country Curtains ~ the ideal length and width for skirting my work benches.

Lucky for me, since I would rather plant or pot, than sew :)

And to conceal necessary but unsightly tools, potting soil, fertilizer, etc.

With a print complete with the

flowering charm of a cottage garden~

~that allows me to

enjoy the blooms!


Along with a little pink to accompany

 my grandmother’s chest gone to pot.

Thank you for your visit, I’m joining:

Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday~

StoneGable for Tutorials Tips and Tidbits~

A Delightsome Life for Home and Garden Thursday~

Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday~

The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays~

  32 comments for “Skirting the Issue

  1. September 26, 2012 at 6:39 am

    Mary, your potting shed is a little wonderland all of its own. I could live there!

  2. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    September 26, 2012 at 6:52 am

    Your shed is really coming along nicely Mary! Love the great sheet metal counters, they will be nice and easy to wipe off! Lots of fun eye candy too:@)

  3. September 26, 2012 at 7:17 am

    LOVE your potting shed and your wonderful decorating ideas. Your window treatments with the burlap are darling. You are SO creative. And your metal counters. I have wanted to cover a moving island with that sheet metal but thought the cost would be prohibitive. Now I can see they are quite doable. Thanks for all your great ideas. Just wish I possessed your gardening brilliance. Everything you do is incredible!! You are an inspiration!!!

  4. September 26, 2012 at 7:39 am

    You must feel like you are playing in your very own doll house when you’re in there! Beyond cute!

  5. September 26, 2012 at 7:57 am

    What a fabtastic (yep) space!!!

  6. September 26, 2012 at 7:59 am

    ThIe shed gets better and better. As a collector of bird houses I like seeing them in your space. I can see this becoming a special nook for you.

  7. September 26, 2012 at 8:04 am

    What a wonderfully whimsical and creative space! Love it!

  8. September 26, 2012 at 8:05 am

    I love this, Mary! Perfect potting shed.

  9. September 26, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Mary….what can I say…I have never seen a potting shed that is so beautiful and exquisite…There are so many gorgeous vignettes for the eye to see…It is truly a masterpiece….I could live in that shed!!! :)

  10. September 26, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Mary, this is just fabulous.. What a great find on both the counter tops and the curtains. I am sure your heart just sings with happiness each time you enter! xo marlis

  11. Mary "Skip" Weathers
    September 26, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Good morning Mary, Ditto for all the comments above! I love your creativity and your photos. Your shed is lovely. Thanks for sharing.

  12. September 26, 2012 at 10:20 am

    The counter top idea is genius! I could easily live there. xo

  13. September 26, 2012 at 10:42 am

    It looks amazing! I want a potting shed, despite my black thumb!

  14. Linda Kemp
    September 26, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    I love those counter tops and the burlap curtains…too clever!

  15. September 26, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Your evolving potting shed is a playhouse! Come on…confess! You wanted a playhouse but were reluctant to let everyone know you had not outgrown a playhouse so you called it a potting shed!!!

    Whatever it is…potting shed or playhouse, it is adorable and I know its going to offer you many hours of enjoyment!

    Your attention to details is amazing and right on…Love it!

  16. Honey Pace
    September 26, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    You truly have the magic touch … I so enjoy your site, ideas and mostly the fact that you share them all with us … thank you so much … hugs

  17. September 26, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    I love, love, love your potting shed! All you need is a chair, lamp and your favorite book for a fabulous space to unwind. I’ve always wanted a playhouse out back to “play” with. This is it. Great project……….

    The French Hutch

  18. September 26, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Your potting shed is beautiful and I agree with others that I could live in there. It is decorated to perfection, but then everything you do is! Love the counter tops. XO, Pinky

  19. ann
    September 26, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    It’s just beautiful!

  20. September 26, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Oh my gosh….I adore your sweet potting shed! It is so charming and cozy! You did a fabulous job with it! :)

    xoxo laurie

  21. September 27, 2012 at 9:53 am

    What a great space! I love everything about it! Visting from TTT

  22. September 27, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    i’m kinda jealous
    of this space

    how gorgeous
    you’ve made this look

    love all the fabric

    just stopping by
    from Common Ground

    thanks for sharing!


  23. September 28, 2012 at 10:15 am

    This space is MUCH too nice for a potting shed, Mary! It looks more like a small guest house!!! I would be freaking out if I got a speck of dirt or water on the floor! I guess it makes good sense to make it pretty and comfortable if you’re going to be spending time out there, though. No sense in being sentenced to a drab, dreary space to engage in an activity you enjoy! I like what you did with the burlap over the windows! It has an easy, natural vibe and lets the sun pour into the room as nature intended. Using natural branches makes it that much prettier. I am so happy for you that you have a nice space in which to relax and indulge in your passion. Enjoy it!

  24. September 28, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    You aren’t actually going to bring dirt in there, are you? ☺ Honestly, it is so darned cute and what a cozy little garden play house you’ve made!

  25. September 28, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Hi Mary, I am truly in love with your little house! The countertops were a fabulous idea! I also see a cute little step stool between the counters and the wire on the wall between the windows, and I want to see everything in detail! Please take closeups for us! Linda

  26. September 29, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    I could just move right in there, Mary! Maybe you could rent it out??!! Seriously, your cottage potting shed is so adorable. I love the sheet metal counters and the burlap swag and the darling curtains to hide what’s under the cabinets. Oh my!!

  27. September 30, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Oh my…this is my dream shed. I love the counter tops.

  28. September 30, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Oh it must be so much fun to work out of your cottage potting shed! Truly a place I’d spend all of my time in ! :)

  29. September 30, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    What an amazing place. You’ve done quite a job.

    – The Tablescaper

  30. October 3, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this lovely post on tweaking your potting shed – it looks marvelous. Your post will be featured in this evening’s Home and Garden Thursday,

  31. kim
    October 24, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    I love the inside, too. So glad Jane told me about it.

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