Ever since we bought this house over two years ago, I've pondered exactly how I'll use the little cottage in the backyard. It's hard to know how you'll use a space until you've actually used it. Make sense? LOL. I knew I needed a space for garden stuff--all those piles of tools, rakes, shovels, hand tools, pots etc.
I decided to tackle the little room that used to be a laundry facility for the Two Sisters who lived here before. It's where the claw foot bathtub used to sit. After more pondering and lots of note-taking, I decided that it would be the Garden Room and the other part of the building will be a workshop for ME, studio space, and quiet room where I can go to write (hopefully) without interruptions of an Internet nature. (I'll get back to you on that. LOL)
So, first order of business was to get the room cleaned up and some paint on the walls. I decided to go with white for now, something I've never done. In this photo, you can see the Big Mess of tools and such that I have to deal with.
And here's all the other "stuff" that's in the room now.
Some of it can go into the wonderful little cabinets that hang on the wall to the left, including a 1950s medicine cabinet that hangs by the front door.
But mostly, it will go into the big cabinet that I'm planning to build all along the back wall, using old doors we removed from the house. That will be a big project--the largest I've tackled, and I want to do most of it myself. Right now I'm measuring, doing sketches, and want to use up as much scrap wood as possible.
Although the house was mostly empty, two things that got left behind were antique ironing boards, made of wood. The base on one was broken, but the other one is in really good shape. After removing the FILTHY covers on them (three layers), I was surprised to find some amazing antique pine.
I love how this one has been repaired over and over. There must be two dozen screws, nuts and bolts in this.
One of my favorite projects so far is my garden hand tool storage door. This old door once lead into the garage. Now it's screwed shut and caulked to keep the varmints out. I used cup hooks, screwed them into the door and hung my trowels, etc. from them. The garden gloves (which I can NEVER find) are on a binder clip hanging from a cup hook. The big loppers at the top are there temporarily. Eventually there will be a shelf across there for small pots.
A bunch of fresh cut rosemary helps de-stinkify this old room.
And I FINALLY was able to unpack and hang my collection of cement and ceramic sunfaces and garden plaques. I actually forgot I had this Greenman one. I think he fits, don't you?
Until next time,