We Built Something!

Towards the end of last year we ordered a shed that was delivered and installed just in time for the last weekend warm enough to even be able to paint.

Delivery day, prior to paint
Delivery day, prior to paint

See the bare leaves and the briskness of fall in the sky? I can remember the associate at Sherwin-Williams being extremely cautious regarding the temps that day. It was a mad dash to get it painted that weekend.

We'll need to do another coat this fall as wall
We’ll need to do another coat this fall as wall

Given that there wasn’t much left to the season, we just sort of tossed everything in without any consideration.

Looks good!
Anyone up for a game of iSpy?

With all the yard work we’ve been doing, we needed an organized system to make it easy to take things in and out without having to rummage through piles to find it. It wouldn’t take much to get a rake handle to the face or a hatchet on your foot, not exactly safe.

We made a quick Saturday morning trip to Home Depot for a couple 2x4s and wood screws to build out some floating shelves.

It’s kind of ridiculous how easy they are to assemble. First, we measured from the door frame to the studs of the back wall and cut two 2x4s to length. Then we measured the distance from the side wall studs to the door frame for our two support pieces.

Each shelf is supported by a 2x4 in the front and back of the shed
Each shelf is supported by a 2×4 in the front and back of the shed

 

The final cuts were for the supports within the frame, measured the distance between the outer pieces less the width of the two 2x4s and cut a few pieces to length. These shorter pieces sit perpendicular to the longer, with spacing alternating the distance of the wall studs, to create the frame (or what I kept referring to as a ladder).

Final step - install
Final step – install

Final step is to install the ladder, directly screwing into the studs. We used two screws per stud in addition to resting on the support pieces, so this thing should be pretty damn sturdy.

The following weekend we returned to Home Depot to purchase a sheet of plywood, and had them cut to the dimensions of the frames.

Last week I purchased a bunch of Tornado hooks from Amazon (prime!) and we got to work planning how we’d like to organize. After a short morning, we had almost everything in its correct place.

Two chairs, three rakes and a broom, two life preservers and a garden hose all off the floor
Two chairs, three rakes and a broom, two life preservers and a garden hose all off the floor

The hooks are great and very sturdy, but a lot of the reviews stated the included screws were garbage. We didn’t even want to see for ourselves so we picked up some lag bolts and washers and those hooks aren’t going anywhere.

Seeing the picture above, it might look tight still but we have to order a couple more hooks this week for some items I hadn’t thought to hang, like the extra hose sitting on the shelf above. Being just an 8×8 shed, it’s pretty easy to look crowded but there’s plenty of room to move around and it’s already been so much nicer to walk right in and grab a rake without tripping over a bunch of other things.

Three extension cords hung, and a pair of oars will go above the doors
Three extension cords hung, and a pair of oars will go above the doors

For example we’ll be putting two hooks above the door to hold a pair of oars. Overall we’re pretty happy and proud of our first ‘build’, can’t wait to see what we build next 🙂

Organization doesn’t come super naturally to me though, so if you have any tips for getting even more useful storage from this space, please share them with us!

 

Oh, and even though we primed the outside of the shed, the knots bled through. Any tips for proper coverage?

So many knots
So many knots

3 comments

    Another great blog ~ love reading them!

    Paulette | 3 years ago Reply

      Thanks AP :)

      Kelly | 3 years ago Reply

    Very nicely done!

    Aunt D | 3 years ago Reply

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