The Mini Shed Project aka I built a shed for $30


Last October, flush with my success at building the mini greenhouse, I decided to build my own garbage can enclosure instead of buying a $299.00 plus tax plastic one from a building supply store.  I wanted to spend as little as possible to put this project together, and so the scrounging began!

I had three 2x4s on hand and I bought three more.  A friend had some leftover fence boards he didn't want and he even cut them down to 3' lengths for me so I could easily transport them and use them.  I had 6 - 10' tongue & groove pine boards in my used wood pile and I found a pallet to use as a base.

I Google'd sheds and found a plan for a garbage container and wood shed that looked fairly easy to build.  I modified the plan to suit my needs and began cutting the wood.   All I have is a circular saw, so that's what I used.  Then I built the very basic frame and began attaching the fence boards as siding.

Catch the fancy angled cuts on the roof rafters!  I used a cardboard template for those so I could cut the two pieces with the same angle.



I used a pallet as the base.
Here is the list of scrounged items - 25 x 3' fence boards (didn't use them all),  used OSB pieces I found while cleaning out my crawlspace as sheathing for the roof.  (I had to add one more rafter in the centre because the OSB kinda sagged, the short piece of 2x4 was left over from the wood I had bought.)  My neighbour gave me a piece of #30 tarpaper and I found 6 roofing shingles in my shed.  The  tongue&groove pine boards for the doors were leftovers, too (a little warped but serviceable!).  Aside from the three 2x4s, the only things bought new were the hinges, clasp and handles.  There are still a few finishing touches that are needed - some lattice, paint and trim and the hinges need adjusting, but this is what it looks like now:




Total out of pocket cost:  $30.00 - a far cry from $299 plus tax!!  Now I can have my garbage in my front yard, neatly hidden away and it's quick & easy to chuck it out to the curb on garbage day.  I need to paint the underside of the roof and attach a couple of pieces of lattice over the triangular openings on both sides, but looks not half bad even if I do say so myself!

ps you could totally use pallet wood for this project and get away with an even LOWER cost!

Yay, another project done!!

2013 update.  The mini-shed has a mini updated look.  New handles, hidden hinges and a bright, fresh coat of paint!


A coat of paint in a happy colour always makes things look better, don't you think?

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Cheers!


57 comments:

  1. That's my kind of DIY, something that costs hardly anything.
    Love it and well done you!

    Linda
    http://coachhousecraftingonabudget.blogspot.com/

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  2. I cannot believe you did this by yourself! Very impressive!

    xoxo
    Myric

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  3. You are so clever, you have made something very useful, something you needed and it looks good too. Wow!!!

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  4. Wow- great job! I'm impressed by your building skills. Good for you for making your own and saving some money.

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  5. Excellent job my friend. I think that carpentry comes naturally to you! I went over a few blog posts I have missed in the last little bit....excellent job on the master bdrm make over...what a difference, love, love the new look! Diane

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  6. Is there a club for women who saw? Seriously I am such a wimp I would never attempt a shed! Way to go!

    ~Bliss~

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  7. amazing! and too cute!

    blessings
    barbara jean

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  8. Very impressive. Found your blog via the Linky Hop. I am now a Linky follower, stop by ,y blog and join me.

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  9. Hey Its Cheri from Its So Very Cheri and I came over from the LINKY FOLLOWER PARTY HOP and I hope you will come over to follow me as well.

    Cheri

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  10. hiy anne , wow you did great , soooo much better than a plastic eye sore form the builders providers x tfs linky follower from the vintage farmhouse xmaggiex

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  11. Ah! Totally incredible.
    Hugs Rosemary...xx

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  12. Nice job on the shed! Found you through the Linky Follower blog hop... I'm your newest follower. Come on by for a visit...

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  13. Happy to find your gorgeous blog! I'm a new Linky follower. Found you through the Linky Blog Hop! Hope you can come visit my site, when you have a moment. http://www.eccentricleopard.com/

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  14. I was just telling the hubs that I wanted to hide our garbage cans! So glad you are following me - new linky follower here!
    Kelly

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  15. hi Anne ... great job ...you should be proud ... not only that you did it but you saved a bundle of $$$'s. That is my kind of project.FUN too !!!
    Thanks for stopping by Timeless Treasures and leaving such a nice comment.
    Blessings.
    Audrey A. http://audreyzumwalt.blogspot.com/

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  16. Following you via LF blog hop. Hope to see you at Take Six. :)

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  17. ohhh..I need one of these. Great job!! Just stopping by from the Linky Party Hop. I hope you will visit www.laughterandgrace.com and follow back.

    Thanks!!

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  18. What an amazing undertaking, Anne! You can take a bow. Looks very professional.

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  19. Found you via the Linky hop and have become your newest follower. Looking forward to reading your future posts. Hope you have a chance to visit and perhpas follow me back.

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  20. I'm a new Linky Follower and I think you did a great job with your little garbage shed!

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  21. Okay....I am super impressed! I love your new shed.....amazing for $30. You are a shed-building rockstar.

    blessings,
    karianne

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  22. Great job Anne! I really need to do something like this. I hide my garbage can behind a tree so it can't be seen from the road. hahaha
    thanks for sharing @ catch as catch can!
    gail

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  23. I'm a new follower from the Linky Follower Blog Hop. I'd love it if you would visit my blog at intheoldroad.blogspot.com.

    Shasta

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  24. Wow great job. We have put some of the aluminum ones from a kit together and they were a pain. This looks like a better idea. Thanks for sharing at Bacon Time.

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  25. Great job, Anne. You are very handy with a hammer and nails! Thank you for sharing at Potpourri Friday!

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  26. Good for you! I have been considering buying something like this, but I may have to tap in to my inner handyman. Thanks for the idea. New Following from Creative Blogger Hop

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  27. Good on you! Thats very well done and looks lovely!

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  28. You are my hero Anne!!! I can't believe you did that! It looks awesome. Love the paint color and barn door look.
    PLEASE link this up at my linky party tonight or tomorrow. Everyone will LOVE this!!!
    ♥Linsey

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  29. Awesome! A great thrifty DIY project!! Visiting from MET!! Drop by to see me sometime!!

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  30. How cute is that! Thanks for sharing @ the Delectable Home!

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  31. This is really impressive! I'm gonna show this to my hubby so maybe we can try it and save $$$ like you did! Thanks for sharing and inspiring ;) happy new follower :)

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  32. YOU ARE AWESOME!!! This is such an empowering post. If my yard was bigger than a postage stamp, I'd make one for myself!!

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  33. This is great. I need to make one of these for our garbage totes. Thanks for sharing.

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  34. Nice job-gets me thinking...I'm your newest follower-stop by for a visit!

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  35. Looks great! I could use one of those, the cans are such an eyesore.....

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  36. Good job! That is a tough project! Thanks so much for linking up at Cowgirl Up! Hope to see you next week!
    Thanks,
    Amanda @ The Ivy Cottage Blog
    www.theivycottageblog.blogspot.com

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  37. Well done!!! It turned out great!Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!

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  38. Ann, about the orchids:
    I've got 2 phalaenopsis and they are blooming each year in March (only this year they started early on). The blooms are rich and last until October. When all the flowers fade, I cut the tall "rods" completely and lay them to rest, in a dark(er) cool(er) place without watering. They need this time in which they are dormant. When they make new little rods, I water them (very carefully because the roots may rot) and add a little liquid orchid fertilizer, to help them bloom again.
    I've had them for three years :)

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  39. I'm impressed!!! and for $30!!! Wow! I need one also...maybe this is going to have to go on the spring projects list!

    Thanks for linking up @ Creatively Living!
    --Katie

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  40. This is fabulous!! Wonderful job, thanks for linking up!
    XO
    Kristin

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  41. My goodness, you did an awesome job! I would love to have one of these! I like the color you choose to paint the shed.:-)

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  42. What a great project! I love this idea. ~ Megan

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  43. Great transformation! Really cute garden shed.

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  44. Ditto to all the above comments! You did an outstanding job.....Mary

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  45. Love this! I've pinned because I've wanted to make 2, one for the garbage cans and one for the recycling bins. Thanks for sharing, this is wonderful!
    Debbie :)

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  46. Isn't it nice that the trash is conquered?I hate having messy trash and worse still nasty little critters getting into my business.All done " With Great Skill!"

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  47. Great Job, looks fab! Would be a great solution to hide a hideous pool pump as well!

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  48. this is an awesome project and one that I NEED desperately, as a cover for our deep well {an eye sore in my back yard}. Thanks for sharing! visiting thru the "Get Your DIY On" party.

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  49. You did a fantastic job on your shed. Love the color too! Jut $30 wow! I could use a little shed like this to store my garden tools. Thanks for sharing!

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  50. Excellent project and only $30.
    Discovered your blog via Throwback Thursday.

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  51. You rock, Anne! I need you to come down and build me one! :) I'm so glad you shared this with us. And, as always, so glad you are part of Throwback Thursday.

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  52. You rock, Anne! You are so creative. I need you to come down and build me one! :) Thanks for always being a part of Throwback Thursday!

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  53. This is awesome, Anne! I would love to have a shed for my garbage container. Thanks for sharing this at Throwback Thursday.

    xoxo
    Denyse

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