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Sunday, May 22, 2016

New Updates and Curtains for the Garden Shed

Happy Monday my friends!

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Back in early March I wrote about my desire to create a secret garden.

The thing about enchanting gardens is that they do not happen overnight. Here’s a reminder as to what this area used to look like.

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Just two months have passed but the arbor is now covered is gorgeous pink climbing roses.

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On the other side of the arbor base morning glories started from seed are also putting on a good show.

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The terra cotta pot that held our lonely gardenia bush was transformed into a fairy garden.

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My friend Debbie shared that there were some terrific fairy garden accessories at Big Lots. I bought a few things for a fantastic price.

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I was told that peonies cannot grow here in Texas.

I have one in the ground and one in a pot and so far both are doing beautifully. They will probably not bloom until next year.

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On the shed we made just a few, low to no cost, updates.

The window and walls were given a good spring cleaning.

We painted the faded shutters Krylon Pistacio in Satin.

The unused metal hanging hardware was removed.

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Native Texas wildflower seeds were sown to create a butterfly garden. (It currently looks a bit “weedy” but it will get there.)

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We have had so much rain that the area is only now just starting to blossom.

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After these few updates I found myself not really wanting to see the inside contents of this hardworking shed.

Mr. Decor thought I was crazy but I wanted to hang up white lacy curtains.

Since the shed is metal I used a magnetic curtain rod over each interior window.

To hang the curtains I just attached cafe curtain rings that I spray painted (Rust-Oleum flat white) to match the curtain rod.

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The curtain is an vintage tablecloth that I found last week at an estate sale for just a few dollars. It was cut in half and each edge hemmed.

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Now, just so you know, I generally don’t go around cutting up good tablecloths.

Sadly this tablecloth, which still had the tags hanging on it, had sat on a shelf where it remained for many years. Dust and dirt settled into the main front fold which ran straight down the center of the tablecloth. Despite my best efforts I couldn’t remove the stain. It also shrunk quite a bit even though I used cold water while cleaning and had line dried it.

Since it no longer fit either of my tables and there was a large center stain I felt it was ok to cut it up and sew it into curtains that I would enjoy. In a shed. #crazycurtainlady

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I’ll keep you posted on how the butterfly garden progresses. So far, both of the dachshund boys seem to be really enjoying it. (smile :)

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I hope you will enjoy all of the outdoor inspiration found here and please link up some of your own.

So tell me, would you hang up curtains in a shed?

Laura

24 comments :

Stacey said...

Your shed looks amazing, Laura! Was that in the yard when you moved there? I like the way you are dressing it up.

thepaintedapron.com said...

What fun to have a garden shed! I think your curtains are brilliant, great idea!
Jenna

Katie Mansfield said...

I would hang curtains in a garden shed.
Bill's little aunt grew peonies in this area so it can be done. Hers were in some shade, I think. Good luck with yours.

Jeanie said...

I love the idea of a secret garden -- and the cute fairy pots! I'm sharing my Southern Exposure visit (which I had on TOTOH last week) since this is on Share Your Cup and also because I've been too swamped to do much with my yard yet! That's what this week is for. Can't wait to get some good inspiration!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

The curtains are perfect and so are the shutters. I love it.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Laura,
Thanks so much for mentioning me and my post on my Fairy Garden Buys!
I will give you a shout out on Google + and in my next post!!
Love your cute fairy garden in a pot!! I have yet to work on mine because the weather here has not been cooperating at all!!
Your shed looks lovely with the curtains and YES! I would definitely hang curtains in a garden shed!! Your arbor looks stunning!!
Thanks so much for hosting this lovely party and I will have more posts to link up as I am able to plant and get my back yard ready for Summer.
Hugs,
Deb

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Laura,
Your curtains add just the perfect touch to your shed!
Jemma

bj said...

Weather here has been rainy and cloudy and we need the sunshine for beautiful blooms...working on it, tho.
Love your curtain idea and love the shutters....

Trisha said...

You better believe that I would hang curtains up in my garden shed! It makes it look so charming!

~Trisha

Liz @ Sit With Me In My Garden said...

That was a great idea for the curtains. It's work but fun to groom a place the way you want it. Love your cute dachsund.

Daniela said...

I so love your idea for your new curtains, my lovely, they add your personal touch to your garden shed !

Sending much thankfulness for hosting this so lovely party,
I'm wishing you a great new week

Xx - Dany

GSGreatEscaper said...

Curtains in a shed? Of course. Especially repurposed, upcycled ones.

Did you know that Britain holds a 'best shed' contest every year and it's a big, big thing?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/uknews/11451103/Shed-of-the-Year-2015-in-pictures.html

Marilyn said...

I think the curtains look perfect and what a smart idea using a stained tablecloth!

Shutters and lace curtains, you just can't go wrong with that combination.

Marilyn (in Dallas)

Vel Criste said...

Your garden shed is surely looking on becoming the prettiest shed in your neighborhood!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Love the lace curtains, Laura, and your pretty painted shutters. It's so nice to see the changes around your yard. I also read your post on home and harmony and all I can say is Amen and God bless you for looking past the color of the door and hardware. That was a sweet reminder of what life is all about!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Laura, Love how you have dressed your shed windows. Those shutters and the color is gorgeous. So fresh and pretty with your cafe curtains. Lovely accent in your yard. Thanks for sharing this inspiration. Blessings for a great new week my friend. xo

Botanic Bleu said...

Laura,
Curtains in your garden shed? Why not? Brilliant repurposing of a beautiful damaged tablecloth...

Judith

Eva said...

Heck, Honey--it's ok to cut an old tablecloth up to make pretty curtains! It wasn't an heirloom or a valuable antique! Looks just dandy!

Laura said...

So so pretty Laura-
I love your curtains, the climbing roses and everything you started from seed!
Good job!

Rhona Lutton said...

I absolutely love you put curtains up in the shed! This is now going to be my new measuring stick to my husband...at least I didn't put curtains up in the shed.

Art and Sand said...

I love your garden shed. Mine is quite small, but I still love it.

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

The curtains add a perfect touch to your garden shed. It is amazing the difference in how our gardens look when the weather is cold and dreary. Love your climbing pink rose.

Angelina PeoniesandOrangeBlossoms said...

I would hang curtains in my shed... So any trespassers walking by can't see what's in! But, I'm paranoid about that. Oh, AND they look cute!!

Jann Olson said...

Hi Laura, we are building our shed right now and you bet I am going to hang curtains in it. :) Love what you used for yours!
hugs,
Jann