Create a shed sanctuary

Turn a shed into a retreat where you can let your imagination run riot!

CREATE A USEFUL SPACE When furnishing and decorating her shed, Gill kept in mind what she wanted to use it for and made the space work for her. 

CREATE A USEFUL SPACE When furnishing and decorating her shed, Gill kept in mind what she wanted to use it for and made the space work for her. 

Graphics designer, upcycler and collector of all-sorts Gill Lockhart, tells us how she TRANSFORMED her shed in to her very own creative sanctuary.

Gill Lockhart’s hobby was starting to take over her house so she moved it outside “Sewing, making things and collecting quirky treasures for my home are my passions, but I was starting to run out of space in my Victorian terraced house in the small town of Oundle, Northamptonshire. 

At the end of my garden is an old shed that the previous owner had used as a motorcycle workshop. It was dark and dirty and had ended up being a dumping ground for my unloved clutter. I decided to turn it into a space I could escape to for a few hours without being disturbed. The shed already had electricity wired in, so all I needed to do was to take care of the interior and replace the doors, which were falling to pieces. My neighbour knew a woman who was replacing her conservatory and she was happy to give me her old doors for free. They were brown uPVC and not very attractive but I upcycled them using a specialist primer paint from Homebase. After that, I applied a topcoat using Dulux Weathershield. Passing a skip in a neighbouring street one day, I spotted two old kitchen units. I used my garden trolley to take them home and my neighbour, Rollie, helped me to install them.  The floor was covered with a good-as-new carpet offcut, which was another skip find (my tip is to ask the owner first before taking something).

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See more of Gill's shed and other garden projects on her website

See more of Gill's shed and other garden projects on her website

Shabby chic style is a favourite look of mine and I do like a bargain. The chair was found at my local auction house and the vintage bar stool came from an antiques fair which is somewhere lovely to browse on a day off. The little drawers came from an office clearance sale, and I customised them with some lovely handmade paper that I’d been hoarding. 

Scavenging and upcycling is my motto! Some old blackout curtains were hung over the walls, and then decorated with tapestries, vintage clothing, and objects collected over the years. It’s stuff that I haven’t got room for in the house. When it’s tucked out of the way in my shed, I’m not tripping over my clutter in the hall! “There’s very little new stuff in my shed, just a few accessories, such as a bright lamp for close work and some storage tins. “I enjoy having a go at all sorts of crafts as well as making things for the garden and writing my blog and this is the perfect space to do it. It’s lovely that I’ve made a firm friend in my neighbour, Rollie, while creating this little oasis!   

WHAT IT COST
Blackfriar Multi-Surface Primer £7.95
Dulux Weathershield Exterior paint £11
Chair £35
Stool £25
Dunelm lamp £39
TOTAL £118.94

Get Inspired

Hand-me-downs and items you may have packed away in your attic can be given new life! Old curtains, chests of drawers, shelves and even an old door or wood palet with hairpin legs you can attach yourself, can be painted up and used as a work table, or check out what's on offer at local antique fairs and on websites like Freecyle.org, Ebay or Gumtree.

Get Personal

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