Schoolhouse She Shed ORC Reveal

Schoolhouse She Shed ORC Reveal

I’m so excited to finally share my Schoolhouse She Shed Reveal with all of you. What a relief to be done, its been an exhausting 9 weeks. Who am I kidding, I’ve been working on this shed project off and on since February and I am so ready to be finished. If you recall from my Week 1 and Week 2 post I had big plans to turn a storage shed in our backyard into a functioning office, storage and schoolhouse.

Here is a quick reminder of the before situation:

The interior was a complete disaster of items that needed purging, organizing and a home.

Now that you have had a reminder of the scary state of the storage shed I will happily show you the results of weeks of blood, sweat and tears (and a sprained index finger).

Schoolhouse Shed Shed Exterior After Photos

If you remember from my first few posts I discussed wanting to paint the shed black, add a deck and freshen up the space.

Exterior Schoolhouse She Shed
Schoolhouse She Shed
Exterior Shed Succulents

I’m happy to report that I was able to paint the shed black, add plexiglass to the previous solid shed doors and get a deck started. The deck is happening but not 100% complete…This is real life people!

Exterior of Schoolhouse She Shed.

Naturally I threw down a few IPE boards to give you the feel of what it will be like 100% complete.

Heading into the shed you can see the drastically different interior.

Schoolhouse She Shed Interior After Photos

Happily I was able to complete everything I had hoped for the interior space. The kids and I all have a dedicated desk space. We have concealed storage for all of our crafting and office supplies. Here is a reminder of my original layout and mood board plans:

School House She Shed Moodboard

I used up all of my left over sample paints from the Colleen Elizabeth and Vintage Revivals wall mural I painted for my ORC Master Bedroom a few years ago. It adds so much depth to the space – instead of just staring at a plain besta unit we now enjoy a beautiful piece of art. You can see it takes center stage as you enter the She Shed.

School House She Shed
School House She Shed wall mural.

Next up is the kids side. Its the perfect amount of space for them both to stretch out and work on their own projects. With time I hope that board will be covered in their artwork!

School House She Shed kids custom desk

Now for a look at my side of the She Shed.

School House She Shed Adult desk and custom backsplash
School House She Shed Adult desk and custom backsplash

By far my favorite part of this whole project was creating a custom backsplash behind my computer monitor. (Side note – that is definitely me being reflected in the computer monitor screen :P- Oops)

I had imagined creating something like this for years, but never had taken the time to make 600+ cuts with my saw and hand paint/stain each piece of 2×4. I love the look so much I can’t even tell you. Here is an up close of the “tiles”.

Did you notice that thin piece of wood to the right of the Besta? I built a really cool rolling cart out of scrap plywood for our art supply stash. Now the kids and I can just pull it out and grab out whatever supplies we need for any project we are working on.

I took a little time to “decant” all of our pens, markers and art supplies. I’m hoping now that they are more accessible we will use them for some new projects 🙂

Speaking of organization I have to show off what is going on in the Besta units.

While I acknowledge I won’t be changing my career to a home organizer anytime soon, at least know where everything is at. My new favorite past time is using my label maker to label all the things!

Schoolhouse She Shed Reveal

I hope you enjoyed the tour of my Schoolhouse She Shed renovation. This OneRoomChallenge was by far the most challenging one I have ever done. Between COVID, work, school and everything else happening in the world it was hard to stay 100% on track and focused. I even missed my Week 7 post write up. I hope you forgive me, I’ll definitely make up for it by writing some great tutorials in the coming weeks.

It was also an extremely labor intensive project which demanded a lot of time. I built so many things from scratch. It really forced me to flex my creative muscle and think of ways to use up all the materials I had laying around the house. The only new things I bought for the shed were the multiple Bestas from Ikea and flooring. Otherwise I used up leftover light fixtures, furniture and so so much plywood.

Make sure you check out all of the great reveals over at the OneRoomChallenge blog. Now that I am finished I can’t wait to spend the day browsing all of the 200+ rooms people completed this round. Let me know what you think and if you have any favorites!

Until next time friends!


Spring 2020- Week 6 ORC Schoolhouse Shed

Spring 2020- Week 6 ORC Schoolhouse Shed

Week 5 and 6 of the ORC

I can’t believe we are rounding the corner of the ORC and I only have 2 weeks left to finish my shed project. Realistically I only have 1.5 weeks if you consider that I am writing this a few hours shy of the Sunday deadline.

For those of you just jumping onboard, please check out my big plans to convert a storage shed in my yard into a functional office and Schoolhouse shed. I discussed the major plans in our Week 1 post. As a little refresh, here is the moodboard I put together for the shared space my kids and I will be working in.

She Shed, Schoolhouse Shed Transformation

If I’m being honest the past few weeks have been a bit of a stand still in the progress department. The world has been so hectic the past few months that I have had to take a few pauses to really sit and process everything going on. As a family we were horrified by the events surrounding George Floyd’s heartbreaking death. It is deeply saddening to learn that so many Black people live in fear while going about their everyday. It was also embarrassing to realize how naive I had been to it all.

When the ORC announced that they were canceling Week 5 I also took that as a pause to read, talk and learn. I have many other thoughts surrounding what is going on, but for today I am going to stick to updating you on my shed plans.

There was another major curve ball that hit us last week. For some inexplicable reason the entire power to the shed went out. I had the terrifying “ALL IS LOST” moment until my husband reassured me that he could put his electrical engineering skills to the test and figure out what was causing the power outage. I patiently waited 4 days for him to have enough free time to assess the problem, apparently one of the receptacles had a wiring issue that was knocked a bit loose. It was a quick fix and the lights were back on. I breathed a huge sigh of relief when that happened.

So long story short I don’t have a ton to update you on this week and I didn’t take any great pictures.

  • I built a 6′ tall x8″ wide by 15″ deep rolling cart to house art supplies on the side of the BESTA unit.
  • I organized all my supplies – which took hours but felt amazing – until I spilled Modge Podge on the floor…

To-Do List

It definitely feels like it is crunch time. If I am going to get the space complete I need a comprehensive list of things that have to get done. Without further ado here is my list:

  • Sand Besta Fronts
  • Prime Besta Fronts
  • Project mural
  • Paint Mural
  • Sand Rolling Cart
  • Paint Rolling Cart
  • Finish Desk Besta Install
  • Build Floating wood shelf above computer
  • Wall Mount monitor
  • Create Rocky Computer Backsplash
  • Order desk chairs
  • Create some unique art supply holders
  • Install plexi Glass Door Fronts
  • Prime Shed
  • Paint Shed
  • Paint pots to match Shed
  • Hang succulent Planters

Realistically this is probably 3-4 weeks worth of work with my current workload and schedule…Let’s see if I can get it done friends! See you next week for a Week 7 update!

If you want to check out some other great participants check out the others over at the OneRoomChallenge blog. A lot of people are also participating just through Instagram, so look out for this symbol.

2020 Spring ORC – Week 4 Schoolhouse Shed

2020 Spring ORC – Week 4 Schoolhouse Shed

Hello Friends! If you are just checking in we are already in Week 4 of the OneRoomChallenge for my Schoolhouse She Shed. I’m so thankful they have extended our deadlines and made it a longer challenge this time around. First off because trying to do it all while homeschooling, working and keeping our life generally stable is proving to be challenging. Secondly I am finding items I need are harder to find and shipping a lot later than originally advertised. I’m looking at you plexiglass sheets! Third – and most important- We rescued this adorable 5 week old furr ball!

2020 Spring ORC – Week 3 Schoolhouse Shed

Hi friends! If you are just jumping on, check out my Week 1 and Week 2 update as I transform our outdoor storage shed into an office and schoolhouse. This is all part of my favorite One Room Challenge competition that happens twice a year. Make sure to check out some of the amazing projects that are going on across the country here.

When we left off last week I shared that we managed to finish electrical, drywall and vinyl flooring just on time for homeschool to start. We were off and running – but it quickly became clear I needed to spend some serious time organizing the space.

The kids and I were on top of each other, constantly bumping into the boxes to right. The night before school was about to start back I had rushed to put everything back in the shed before a light drizzle ruined everything. This resulted in my throwing the contents back into the shed without organizing. In reality I couldn’t start really putting things away until my IKEA Besta delivery showed up. So nothing major was going to happen until all that showed up.

Once my ikea delivery arrived I started slowly assembling the besta units one by one. Unfortunately it meant clearing out the shed again…at least this time there was no threat of rain clouds.

By the end of a long week of install I had made huge progress with purging and organizing. Don’t let anyone fool you, this process takes a long time to do it right. I also realized I needed more shelves for the BESTA units and purchased some KUGGIS storage containers that fit perfectly into the unit.

Week 3 definitely was not glamourus, but it felt like a huge step in the right direction. If you are interested in the plan for this Schoolhouse shed check out Week 1 plans.