One Room Challenge: The Shed -Week One

You can find One Room Challenge: The Shed -Week Two right here.

I've got this really great shed in my back yard that is currently in a really bad way. Right now it is serving as a crap repository *cough* I mean, garden shed. My goal is to turn this into a cozy work space for Oliver and Ethan, like a bona fide office space.

Well, as luck would have it, the fabulous One Room Challenge from Calling It Home has just begun in blogland, and anyone who wants to have a fire lit under them can be a linking participant. 

Sign me up sister, because this place needs a major overhaul.

Here are the basics of the room. It is 10x10 feet square, with a concrete floor, cedar paneling on two walls and painted bead board on the others.

It's got a little wood burning stove that Ethan and I installed last winter.

It's got windows along the north wall and the door is at the northwest corner, let's just designate that the Kim/Kanye kiddy corner.

The room gets a fair amount of light but is prone to feeling damp and suffers from too many spiders and spider webs. Part of the reason for this is the door and windows aren't sealed properly (our seal job around the stove pipe is pretty janky), so I definitely want to fix this since both my husband and son are admitted arachnid phobes. As you can see here, everything is filthy and could probably use a coat of paint.

Obviously I need to get rid of all the extraneous stuff, (purge, purge, purge) but some of the garden tools are going to have to remain here.

I'm thinking they should all hang against this wall or if that really doesn't work I'll put them in the already overstuffed garage and get a tighter butt from all the stair climbing that will entail.

In terms of design objectives, I want this room to have a gentleman's quarters sort of vibe. Comfortable and authentic, not too precious but polished all the same. Definitely NOT a shabby chic, cute potting shed turned office thing. 

 I like the feel of this space. There's nothing cute about this space at all :)

Loving how un-cute this one is too.

So in order to get this done I'm envisioning:

Purge, purge, purge.
One Major clean of the floor, walls and ceiling.
Seal windows and door.
Painting the white walls and ceiling a darker color.
Paint fire proof board behind stove.
Floor treatment on concrete?
Suitable rug for floor.
Desk, chairs and accessories, art, etc. etc. etc.

I'm really, really excited about this project and I'm so looking forward to discovering some new blogs from the linky loo section. Hurrah! Head over here to see all the excitement.


Julia Ryan said...

My husband is going to be so jealous of this space!

Stacey {steward of design} said...

What a fun space to have. Excited to see what you do.

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

That is one fabulous shed. I would have killed for one of these when I lived in the Bay Area. Thanks for joining in.

Shannon said...

I can't wait to see this done up! I love the two images you picked...I worry about the dampness and the books though!

Heather Moore Grahling | Vivid Hue Home said...

holy cow, what a great space! can't wait to see how this transforms! i'd love to have this in my backyard! I'm a new follower!

Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design said...

What an interesting space. I love it. Looking forward to seeing the transformation. I found your blog through ORC and I am your newest follower on bloglovin. I am also participating #47 - The Porch - would love for you to sop by.
Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

Vel Criste said...

Your ORC is so unique Caitlin and such a challenge because of all the stuff in there! good luck, I'm excited to see what you do here!

C a i t l i n said...

Glad to have you along for the ride. :) -Caitlin

C a i t l i n said...

Just checked out your blog. love it, following you too :)

C a i t l i n said...

I know. It's north facing and winter rain is coming but at least I have the stove to possibly keep things dried out. Also really hoping the good seal job will work -it should.

C a i t l i n said...

so so glad to be able to play along!

C a i t l i n said...

thnx. I hope to not disappoint. lots and lots to do in there.

Jessica said...

What a fun idea! It's a great space, and I know it's going to be fantastic when you're done with it!

Elisa of Fancy Free Me said...

This is going to be an awesome project!! I love the direction you are taking it in, can't wait to follow along!

Laetitia said...

Cant wait to see it at the end :) also since you mention rugs i was actually on a look at for one as well ( one that will go with my nice leather sofa ! lol and one for our garage that we turning into a office/ toys room ) but came upon that site ! GOSH I LOVE IT !!! they have a love of designer things at great discount ! check it out and if you find anything if we invite each other we get $15 off each :) https://www.onekingslane.com/product/26878/1731427

Ann said...

Can't wait to see how it will look like
after you use your magic in there.
There are so many beautiful possibility for that room.

C a i t l i n said...

I'm already joined. sorry ;(
p.s. I try to stay away from that site -too tempting to buy stuff I didn't even know I needed/wanted!

Unknown said...

This is such a fun, unique space...I can't wait to see what you do with it!

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