Reuse, Recycle and Reduce

Practicing all three of these activities every day is not only important for a healthy environment, but it can also be fun too. Instead of throwing something away or sending it off to a recycling company, we can reuse it. Why throw something away when you can give it another life? Reusing is the second best way to conserve and be earth-friendly because it keeps items out of landfills and reduces the greenhouse emissions caused by purchasing a new product. Converting your existing garden shed to a craft studio can be fun and you don’t have to spend thousands.

One could add items such as windows, doors and even change the roof pitch to add a veranda – is all depends how much you want to spend. For a basic shed conversion this step by step project by  could provide you with ideas to create more play space for you.

An very important factor is to ensure that the basic structure is sound and that the unit is level, free of wood rot and other damage. Repairs to the structure shoulkd be done before starting with the other fun work.

Picture of Garden Shed to Craft Studio

I turned my 8×12 garden shed into a craft studio because there was no room for a dedicated craft or hobby area inside my home! It took under $250 and a few weeks to complete the transformation!

Step 1: Prep work

Picture of Prep work

I wanted a dedicated place to do my crafting and hobby work, but we didn’t have the space inside the house. I decided that I would turn the shed in the back yard into my craft studio!

First we had to prep the shed. It’s in great shape, so the prep work was minimal. We cleaned it out, hosed it down, removed excess screws, and shelving and sealed some gaps with foam before we started.

Step 2: Painting

Picture of Painting

Next came the painting. I thought about using drywall to make it feel like an actual room, but decided in the end that I wanted the rustic shed feel to remain, and I could also use the space between studs to add extra shelving for even more storage!

We used a basic white high gloss enamel paint, and I added some purple paint on the ceiling to give it a fun pop of color, and add some personalized character to my space!

Step 3: Lighting and floors

Picture of Lighting and floors

Next we hung a shop light, and installed peel and stick vinyl flooring. I learned a lesson here… you need to paint the plywood to get a good stick from the tiles. Thankfully I learned this lesson before getting very far into the flooring!

Peel and stick vinyl was very easy to work with, and inexpensive! I could have just left the floor painted plywood, but I wanted the room to have a more finished feeling to it, the vinyl floor tiles looked nicer.

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