Decorating DIY

Building our Potting Shed (Part 2)

Today, I’m going to share a few more details about our Potting Shed (aka my dream space). If you missed the first part, head here.. Building our Potting Shed Part 1 One of the most asked questions I get about our shed is “what did you use for the floor?” I didn’t want anything too fancy for the floor, because I didn’t want to worry about dirt being spilled, mud being tracked on it…I wanted this space to be pretty but still functional. As I explained in my previous post, when we bought our farm there were piles of bricks of all different sizes, stacked up in the barn. Some were actual patio bricks (we used some of these for the floor under our pergola). Some were regular sized bricks (we used some of these to line the path around our porch). We still had quite a few of these left from various projects, and decided to use them up. Our soil is sandy and well drained, so we laid the bricks down right on the soil. After leveling the sand, we started creating the floor. We began by laying down the cement silo pieces (12.5 x 30) all around the perimeter. Then the patio stones (15.5 x 7.25), and continued row by row towards the centre with the bricks (7.75 x 4). We leveled them as we went along. We used a couple broken bricks for the centre…it worked out perfectly!

To fill in the spaces between the bricks, we used gravel dust. You can purchase this by the bag from a hardware store. The dust was poured on the bricks and pushed into the spaces using a broom. After the spaces were filled, we lightly sprayed it with water from the hose. Done!

Gerald built me a permanent 7 foot long potting bench under the two windows that swing out. He cut 3 2 x 4’s straight. and screwed them to the studs under the window. Then 3 angled 2 x 4’s screwed into the studs at the bottom for support. Three 2 x 8’s were used for the top of the bench.

The shelves that run along the top of the windows on either side were made from old barn boards. They are supported by cast iron brackets that we purchased new and a couple were from an antique mall. Gerald even mounted a shelf on the outside of the shed above the door and windows. Its wide enough to hold some treasures, and my flower sign. (I made it by painting the words on an old enamel table top)

I found a vintage pink chandelier off of Facebook Marketplace for $20!!

Vintage pink chandelier!

The shed isn’t wired for electricity yet, but it will be before winter. I have purchased a small electric fireplace I want to put out there. It’s certainly not winterized, but I have visions of having a craft night out there if it isn’t too cold of an evening, with the fireplace going for atmosphere (haha we will see if that happens!!) I can dream!

My Dream Potting Shed

Thank you for following along! And if you have any questions, ask away!

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  1. Aunt Barb says:

    This is such an amazing masterpiece.. Awesome! to say the least..but I have a question for Gerald.. … Really Gerald!!! You can accomplish such an incredible result such as this..
    yet you whine about toasting a hamburg bun,.. πŸ€”

    1. Tracey says:

      Hahahaha I am definitely showing him this comment!!!!!

  2. houseonwren says:

    I never noticed the weather vane before! And after Gerald adds electricity, could you tell him to add some air conditioning for me? I would like to reserve it for the summer months. But you and the kitties would certainly be welcome to use it anytime I’m there.

    1. Tracey says:

      Haha Lori! It would need to be sealed up a little better than it is now! Our house doesn’t even have air conditioning haha and the weather vane used to be on the house! When we redid our roof last summer, we had to take it down…so on the shed it went!!!!πŸ’—

  3. Dorothy Mabee says:

    Your Potting Shed is just simply beautiful. You are so talented to have a dream and follow through with it. Gerald must be so proud of you…

    1. Tracey says:

      Oh Dorothy! What a lovely thing to say! Thank you! You need to come for a tea some day πŸ’—

      1. Dorothy says:

        I would love to Tracey….

        1. Tracey says:


  4. I just love it!! All of the details are perfect and well thought out!

    1. Tracey says:

      Thank you Jenn! That means the world 😘

  5. Marg KrienseLokker says:

    just love it!

    1. Tracey says:

      Thanks Marg! Can’t wait for your visit!

  6. Lynnie says:

    Keep dreaming!!!! Beautiful space!!! Xoxo

    1. Tracey says:

      Yes!!!! Thanks Lynnie πŸ’—πŸ˜˜

  7. Good info. Lucky me I reach on your website by accident, I bookmarked it.

    1. Tracey says:

      Thank you

  8. Wanda says:

    Hi Tracey

    Love your shed and admire your eye for detail.

    What is the size of your shed, the space on the inside looks like a perfect size.

    Keep living your dream!

  9. Wanda says:

    Hi Tracey

    Love your shed and admire your eye for detail.

    What is the size of your shed, the space on the inside looks like a perfect size.

    Keep living your dream!

    Warm regards

    1. Tracey says:

      Thank you Wanda! Its 12 x 14.

  10. You have totally inspired me! This will be my Spring 2024 project! I already have some old windows and doors that will be perfect. Thank you!

    1. Tracey says:

      Thank you Kristine! How fun!!!

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