Daniel and I have a love-hate relationship with our garden shed in that he loves it and I absolutely hate it. For the majority of the past two years, I have held on to the hope that he would eventually see reason and let me burn it to the ground. After a valiant battle, I have accepted defeat, he wins this one.
Ever since we became homeowners I have been so impressed with how many projects Daniel has taken on. He has taught himself so much and become quite the handyman. As his carpentry skills have grown, so has his tool collection. This past Christmas, the only thing he asked for was a table saw. The spirit of the season got the better of me and with that gift, that massive piece of equipment of a gift, I officially put the shed in the safe zone because that saw can’t live in my house.
Two weeks ago we began the process of laying a new walkway and patio area in our back yard and I realized it was time. Time to have a heart to heart with that shed and find a way we could live with each other. The root of my distaste for our shed is that we have a very small backyard, maybe 600 square feet and the shed easily takes up a fifth of it. Since it’s here to stay, I have spent the past two weeks toying around with ways to make it more aesthetically pleasing. I have played around with everything from flipping it 90 degrees so it feels like it is taking up less yard to simpler ideas like covering it in lattice work so we can grow something that will cover it. Every idea I had was either too expensive/ complicated or didn’t feel like it was enough to neutralize the problem. However, thanks to a shopping trip to my favorite neighborhood gift shop last week, I think I have my solution!
Dear Neighbor is painted a bold matte black that I have absolutely loved since the day I attended their opening celebration (great party, by the way, guys!). As I was walking up to the store last week I had my eureka-shed-moment. Painting the shed black is the perfect solution and it is right in line with my complete obsession with Scandinavian decor! That evening I did what any girl in my position would do and started trolling Pinterest for inspiration photos.
I love how Sf Girl by Bay went bold and painted her whole house black! She actually used flat Onyx Black by Benjamin Moore which is the color we are leaning towards for our shed.
We have a view of our shed from our kitchen window and I love the idea of looking out onto climbing white roses!
Our roof currently is your typical grey/black shingles. I have never loved the look of them and you get a pretty good view of the roof when looking down from our balcony. Maybe we can upgrade to something like this or a sleek tin roof in the future.
I am going to try not to get carried away with the black paint but I am also digging the look of this black wooden fence…
And this dreamy, perfect garden shed is what absolutely SOLD me on painting ours black! As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, I didn’t start looking for black shed inspiration photos until I thought black sheds were my idea. Then I came across this post on huntedINTERIOR where Kristen described basically going through the EXACT same thing two years ago. It was almost eerie to read! Thanks to Kristen, I am also leaning towards putting a potting table at the end of our shed!
Daniel and I are so excited for our three-day backyard makeover weekend! My brother is coming down from Wisconsin and my parents will be joining us as well. I am super hopeful that the weather will be kind and we will have the whole project finished in time for a Memorial Day cookout in the back yard. Hope you all have an amazing holiday weekend!