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Vintage Backyard Shed Makeover

Do you ever think about moving? Sometimes I dream of relocating to Wisconsin. We just returned from a family vacation on Crystal Lake near Plymouth, WI (a favorite spot of ours since I was young).

We LOVE lake life in Wisconsin… we love the friendly people, the supper clubs, the brats and beer, and the CHEESE – oh that glorious cheese. I may have ate half my weight in dairy and drank the rest in craft beer… but alas, vacation is over.

And, we aren’t moving anytime soon. In fact, we decided to tackle a few summer projects on our list that hinged on that philosophical  “if we’re going to move,  we can let the next homeowner deal with that” kind of projects… Do you have projects on a similar list?

So, let’s head to my backyard.


We inherited this little shed with the house and it was due for a new roof and a fresh coat of paint.

You may remember what it looked like before from this post. Inspired by an old post by Funky Junk called Rustic Garden Shed Makeover, we decided to take some of our vintage finds and apply them to our newly painted shed.


Corey used some corrugated metal to put over the existing shingle roof. It was an inexpensive way to replace the roof and we have an appreciation for all things rusty as it ages.


When we remodeled our deck a few summers ago, we were left with this little section of yard that wouldn’t grow grass no matter what we tried. In hindsight it probably would have made more sense to carry the deck a little farther.

Now I’m glad we didn’t because this little area is going to be the new home of a stamped concrete patio and fire pit – right where that old wire spool/table is located in the center of the picture below. Yippee!


We are waiting on the installers to come later this summer but my new beachy blue adirondack chairs already arrived!  As excited as I am about THESE CHAIRS and decorating them with pillows, my husband and our boys are just as thrilled about the opportunity to play with fire in their backyard… it’s a win-win for all of us!


We opted for a poly-resin style chair that folded. We don’t have a lot of space for storing these and I was afraid the wood would deteriorate too quickly in our Indiana weather. I included a link to something similar at the end of this post in case you are interested. 


Luckily we didn’t have to go far to find these vintage treasures. Most of these items were in our basement waiting for a home. However, we did collect a few treasures from Wisconsin last week.

Some families like to pick up a magnet or ornament from the places they travel. Us? We just like to find cool vintage stuff that represents the places we visit. Note the Wisconsin license plate and the vintage thermometer from the Sheboygan, WI Co-Op on the door.


We left a little room on the front and plan to fill the sides of this shed with future treasures and we are looking forward to the local flea market next weekend to begin our hunt again!

I am especially fond of this vintage flour container that I found last summer. It makes a perfect planter for my geraniums.


My mom spotted this rake in a little shop in Plymouth last weekend and I had to have it… Oh that beachy, turqouise blue. I’m a sucker for it every time.




Most of the vintage items we used are some of our favorite items we collect but have too many of, like license plates, fans, old advertising signs or letters, etc.

Funny story… when we were finished adding all of these vintage items, the boys came outside and thought we had lost our minds. Both of them thought we added “a little too much stuff” to the shed. LOL. Kinda like how we have “too much stuff” in our house too. 😉


And our shed wouldn’t be complete without an old weathervane on top.



Corey even repurposed some leftover metal by wrapping this old wire spool. We plan to add wheels to the bottom so it can be a portable table for the new patio. He’s always so clever like that.


Stay tuned later this summer for the concrete patio and fire pit reveal!

Happy Summer!

Kristy Robb

Adirondack Chair: Similar and Similar


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Reader Interactions


  1. 1

    That shed is full of vintage personality! Who SEZ less is more, anyway? I have an old, chippy white square trellis on the side of our Blue Spruce (Benjamin Moore) garden shed, + I love the way it “pops”! Oh, + I almost forgot, we put 2 metal finials on either end of the roof peak. Now that I’ve seen your project, I’m asking myself, why stop there? TY for the inspiration!

    • 2

      Oh, I must see this shed of yours! Sounds like you can give m inspiration too! Thanks for sharing!!

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