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, drip edge flashing and handles.

The front of the shed is 48" tall, the back is 40" tall and the sides are 24" wide.   It's the perfect size for keeping garbage cans out of sight!



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 not half bad for being only the 2nd thing I've ever built!

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

Check out the larger shed I built from old doors.  Click HERE for more details



CHECK OUT THESE OTHER PROJECTS AS WELL!
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and if you need a more detailed plan of how to build something like this, click HERE and you can download a pdf file of a similar plan.

Cheers!



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60 comments:

Linda said...

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

Linda
http://coachhousecraftingonabudget.blogspot.com/

myric andreasen said...

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

xoxo
Myric

Gwen said...

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

Elise said...

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

Diane said...

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

Bliss said...

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

~Bliss~

Barbara Jean said...

amazing! and too cute!

blessings
barbara jean

Paulette said...

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

Its So Very Cheri said...

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

emilysnan said...

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

dee dee said...

Excellent job!
Dee Dee

Anonymous said...

Ah! Totally incredible.
Hugs Rosemary...xx

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

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

Tera Leigh said...

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/

Eclectically Vintage said...

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

Audrey said...

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/

Tanya@takesix said...

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

Jennifer said...

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!!

faye said...

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

Pieced Pastimes said...

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.

Beth said...

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

thistlewoodfarm said...

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

blessings,
karianne

gail said...

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

Shasta @ intheoldroad said...

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

Mindie Hilton said...

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.

Honey at 2805 said...

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

hippie_mom said...

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

Abby said...

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

THE FARMHOUSE PORCH said...

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

Jan@southernjunkin' said...

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

Tisha said...

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

Kristina @ ReMadeSimple said...

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 :)

Braver Jill said...

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

Claiming Our Space said...

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

Claire said...

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

Christine said...

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

Amanda Dale said...

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

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

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

Joyce - Quilted Nest said...

looks great - I am most impressed!!

Meeha Meeha said...

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 :)

Katie Goldsworthy said...

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

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

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

Kathy said...

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.:-)

Our Pinteresting Family said...

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

Amy Fountain said...

Great transformation! Really cute garden shed.

Blogging Junk Diva said...

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

Dewdrop Gardens said...

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 :)

Larose Logan-Oakes said...

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!"

Anne said...

Oh yes! and thank you for your sweet comment!

Brenda Young said...

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

JoAnn @ SweetPepperRose said...

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.

MixedKreationsJewelryDesigns said...

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!

Kriss MacDonald said...

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

Alli Smith said...

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.

Alli Smith said...

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!

ANNE said...

Thanks Kriss!

Denyse @ Glitter, Glue, Paint said...

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

xoxo
Denyse

Tonita said...

Love your cute little shed and the price is amazing. Great job.

ANNE said...

Thank you!

chelsea johnson said...

Just love this post! Found it over at HomeTalk. Great tutorial! We recently purchased a home and I'm getting ready to do a post about our backyard dreams early next week and I'd like to include a photo of Mini Shed Project with a link back to this post with your permission. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email me at thejohnsonsplusdog at gmail dot com.

Thanks!