Garden Sheds Offer a Unique Focal Point in Your Cottage Garden


I wanted to share a recent letter from our email bag. Bill needed some help coming up with a few creative ideas for his new cottage garden project. He is trying to pull together a little cottage garden complete with raised beds and a Victorian style chicken coop, where an old above ground swimming pool used to be.

As I share with Bill, I hope a few of these ideas will also give you the creative boost that you need to get started on your own garden projects!

I enjoyed seeing the display of boxes. I have made a couple of Halloween boxes out of cigar boxes. They were appreciated. We have a church auction in October and I plan to make more boxes.

Help me out here….I have an 8′ x 10′ garden shed that has been used for chickens and is currently occupied by rabbits. I would like to re-paint it and decorate it in a Victorian style.

We recently removed an 18′ round above ground pool from the yard. I am making two 4′ x 8′ raised beds to put in this area, and I will also be using some wrought iron type fencing with it.

Any decorating ideas would be appreciated.


Dear Bill,

When you’re starting from scratch, you have so many wonderful options! You could do just about anything you can imagine to your little building!

Here are a few ideas to get you started.

You could…

  • Simply give it a pretty coat of paint

  • Paint a mural on the outside to make it look like a victorian house

  • Add a few wooden elements from an old Victorian house (can be found at salvage yards)

  • Put in a few stained glass windows – or paint the current windows with glass paint to look like stained glass windows… you can’t tell the difference from a short distance!

  • South side

    Inside view of window

    Closeup of right front window

  • Add a pretty front door, which you’ve painted a pretty color 😉

  • Add some wooden window shutters

  • Add a cupola on top

  • Put shingles, recycled slate, or tin on the roof

  • After you paint, add some white picket fencing around the outside of the building (you could nail it right to the sides)

  • Garden Shed with Hanging Tipsy Pots by snowbunny

  • Add a few window boxes & fill with pretty flowers & climbing vines such as morning glories

  • Add a few stones around the front to plant a “little cottage garden” inside

  • Lay down some flagstones for a cobblestone path

  • Make a little wattle fence to go around the Victorian cottage

  • If you don’t have any windows, hang up an empty window frame & treat it like a real window

  • Don’t let the fear of the “expected price tag” keep you from getting started with this wonderful project! Many times, you will be able to get these elements for free or very low cost if you think creatively!

    Here’s where to start:

    – Yard sales
    – Flea markets
    – Salvage yards
    – Free section of newspaper
    – Along the curb (many times you’ll see a free sign)
    – Beside a dumpster
    – Construction sites, they will usually let you have discarded items free!
    – Check with your local township to see what houses are scheduled to come down in your area, then go have a look & see if you can use anything in your project… ask for it 😉

    Here are some more beautiful pictures of Garden Sheds to give you even some more ideas!

    My Dream Garden Shed

    garden shed

    Garden Shed

    garden shed chapel

    Garden Shed

    Bonnies potting shed with window

    Here is a very tiny house (used as a light in the cottage garden), that you can quickly gather ideas from.
    Victorian Cottage

    And… if all else fails & you can’t decide what to do with your garden shed… try this 😉



    21 thoughts on “Garden Sheds Offer a Unique Focal Point in Your Cottage Garden”

    1. Thank you so much for the ideas for a shed. I have a little shed right by my mobil home and I have several old windows. I plan to use the idea of making it look like my shed has windows. I also like the idea of putting gingerbraed trim up.

    2. What a great idea than to transform a simple garden shed into a decorative cottage from the outside. I know many people who also took a playhouse and transformed it into a garden shed or greenhouse after the kids grew up. Thanks for the great inspiration!

    3. Editor’s Note: Here’s a little note that Bill sent in after I made the post:


      Wow!!! I am full of inspirations….

      Beautiful pictures, each containing some elements we may be interested in.

      One of the realities I have to deal with, is that ducks and chickens wreck havoc with plants.

      Hanging flower boxes would be possible. My wife and I both like the white barn door on the side. We could paint a door and frame it to give some dimension.

      I guess I asked the right for ideas. Thanks for your time and ideas.

      When we are finished….do you ever finish a project like this? I would like to send you some pictures.

      We are installing some “faux” wrought fences around some of the area (bought them from Lowes). To protect the plants in the raised beds, we are using pvc pipe and netting (ducks and chickens). In the colder weather, I will use plastic and probably be able to continue to grow lettuce, spinach, etc all winter!!!

      Right now, the raised bed we have started on looks like a Conestoga Wagon.

      Thank you very much.



      * I told Bill that we can’t wait to see his pictures 😉

    4. Oh, this is fun! We live in suburbia so we don’t have a great deal of land or a large garden or pets for that matter.

      I had a playhouse in my backyard when I was kid. I still kind of desire a little cottage in the back just to escape to and read or do some writing.

      What great ideas you offer here!


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    6. These sheds are great. I have just started working on my back yard and decided to make the shed a focal point since it looked like a little cottage. So far I’ve painted mine lilac with plum trim and sage for the door and shutters. The flower bed my son and I put in around it has a color theme of pink, white and yellow. I still have a way to go on making it just they way I want, but these pictures were great inspirations.

    7. Wonderful advice and wonderful garden sheds. I’ve been wanting dear hubby to put one up in the garden for awhile now. Perhaps …I’ll show him some of your photo’s to inspire him. Thank you!

    8. This is a fab post – totally inspiring – I can’t wait to have a garden big enough for a shed like this.. Will be a regular reader from now on!

      Can’t wait to see pictures of the finished item!

    9. These are absolutely beautiful. I love the cottage feel in a garden its just so peaceful to me, not to mention homey. I loved the last picture with the garden shed covered in shrubbery.

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