Creating a Beachy, Coastal She Shed
I share my home with my husband, my two zany little boys, and an active dog; so, as you can imagine, sometimes our home can become quite messy and chaotic. I’m delighted The Home Depot thought of me for creating a dream she shed in my backyard: a little spot all my own with no clutter or mess. Being a lover of the sea, I created a space inspired by the ocean: a coastal oasis!
The She Shed Exterior
My Coastal She Shed is completely and utterly inspired by my love for the sea, from the gray siding, to the beachy blue doors and shutters (which match those on our home), to the coastal plants and grasses.
The aged copper whale weathervane is also one of my favorite motifs; I’ve always wanted one. Of course, I had to have a whale on top of my she shed.
The shed is the Horizon model from Sheds USA with two large doorways, which allows for cross ventilation. I opted for cedar doors, window boxes and shutters, which I painted in a glossy blue.
I shared my inspiration and the shed installation on my blog. The shed went up so fast (only two hours!), and they even put the whale weathervane on for me.
I’m not the only one partial to the she shed, as my little dog Poppy loves it. She rolls in the mini marble chip patio we created, which makes her black fur turn white. It is too adorable.
You can see my tutorial for installing the marble chip patio on my blog.
Do you want to see what we’ve been doing in here to create a coastal oasis? Are you dying to take a peek inside?
Come on in!
Inside the She Shed
The DIY that I think made the most impact, and added an instant warmth, is the shiplap walls. Nothing says coastal to me more than crisp, clean white paneling. It took us about half a day to do the walls and then I painted them. I also stained the wood floor.
We made the nautical wall hangings from old charts I found at an antique shop in Scituate Harbor, and attached them to stained dowels. They have images of Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod on them. I adore the colors of old maps; the soft blues, tans and whites.
This Hampton Bay all-weather wicker loveseat is perfect in the space and adds texture.
As this is a creative space, I love to be surrounded by artwork of all kinds.
The pillows on the couch are painted by my dear friend Lucy of Craftberry Bush who is an amazing watercolor artist. The blue crab is pretty, and the whale mirrors the one on top of my shed.
This one didn’t even need a DIY or upcycling. I found this as is at The Home Depot.
Hydrangeas from my yard also make an appearance. I have a weakness for blue and white together (if you couldn’t tell).
Since the shed is 8 x 12, we tried to fit in as much as we could.
We made a custom coffee table for the space and used Sunbleached stain by Varathane to create that lovely coastal patina. I think this is my new favorite stain color!
We streamlined the coffee table and also added a shelf for storage. A giant clam shell holds many more succulents.
Shells are everywhere, as I have a vast collection. Design magazines are everywhere, too; this space is my retreat for writing so everything in here inspires me in some way.
The SEA SIDE canvas letters are from my friends Etsy shop, 163 Design Company.
These add a lovely texture, but are also a reminder of the casual lifestyle I love so much.
The console table is perfect for this room since it has a narrow depth but plenty of shelf space! I left it natural wood to warm up the space.
Wood also frames Kjeld Mahoney’s image of a sailboat. He captured the light and tranquility of Scituate Harbor.
So there you have it: my she shed!
The white shiplap, the glossy ceramic patio stools, watercolor coastal pillows, muted wood, natural textures, plants and seashells all make for a very relaxing she shed. Out here, I can listen to the birds sing, the crickets chirp, and the sound of my thoughts and dreams.This is a quiet space for reflection, writing, and truly embracing a coastal life.
I’ll be sure to share more tutorials of all the projects we did for the shed and a full source list of all the materials and items found inside on my blog. There is just too much to cover in one post.
A HUGE thank you to The Home Depot and Sheds USA for including me in this amazing project!
If you need me, I’ll be in my she shed!
Danielle has more about this amazing she shed on her blog, including more about the decorating and set up of the space.
Danielle Driscoll usually has a paint brush in one hand and coffee in the other, ready to rescue and upcycle! Her blog, Finding Silver Pennies, is all about restoring her historic home, painting furniture and sharing all she has learned along the way.
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