After 2 full YEARS of working, building, and basically living in this shed workshop (I cannot believe we are going on year 3), it was FINALLY time to give it a solid makeover and I am SO EXCITED to be able to share the reveal with you today! These past three years in this 12 x 12 space have been so incredible. I have grown so much in this space (and, let’s be real so has my tool collection), and I have been bursting at the seems. So, naturally it was time to give this space some love and a solid refresh. I gave this shed workshop the makeover I have been wanting to for years… and I am stoked to finally spill the beans on this renovation with all of you! Let’s get started!
Shed Workshop Makeover
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I arguably have spent more time in the past 3 years in this shed-shop than I have in my own apartment… and I’m not mad about it. But, it’s honestly gotten so cluttered in this space and I needed a change.
I’d be totally lying if I didn’t admit to you that I didn’t think I’d be in this space for 3 years. My dream is to be a homeowner and to work out of a garage workshop. But, the housing market on Long Island has been heartbreaking for first time home buyers… which means I just get to work out of this space for a while longer!
I have learned a lot about what has worked (and what hasn’t) in this small space over these past few years, and decided it was time to tackle some projects in here that will make my life so much easier in the long run. So, here’s what I did to make this 12 x 12 shed work better for me as a workshop and as a little studio to film in!
1. Adding Insulation To My Shed
When we built this shed, one of the first things I did was insulate it with spray foam insulation. At the time, however, I couldn’t use this product for the ceiling of the workshop. So, for the past few years I have been staring at an empty ceiling, combating drafts from the bottom of the doors, and also freezing my backside off in the winter.
But.. not anymore! I was able to use sheets of foam board insulation to insulate both the doors and the ceilings of my workshop in a few steps.
For the doors, I created a 1×4 frame and then cut and attached foam board insulation using an adhesive. I then closed up the doors with 1/4″ plywood. Luckily, I was able to make this step happen in just a few hours with the help of my Dremel UltraSaw! Because it’s cordless and compact, I was able to use it to cut my plywood and my foam board cleanly (and I was able to do it all on one charge)!
For the ceiling, I opted for R-Tech insulation, which was perfect for my shop because I was able to leave it exposed and paint it!
I am SO excited about my shop being fully insulated because now I can add climate control to my shop, which will be a huge game changer!
You can see the full rundown for how I made these steps happen in my YouTube video!
2. Painting The Shed
I gave the shed a new wardrobe with a fresh coat of paint! It seriously made a huge difference. You can check out the full tutorial here. I also gave the shed a matching set of modern planters, and they made such a huge impact (I have a tutorial for those as well)!
3. Adding Storage
Since I work in a small shop, storage is key. As much as I wish I could leave my DIY concrete accent wall exposed, I do need storage and luckily I just got my hands on some Wall Control pegboard! They are metal pegboard panels that are not only easy to install, but come with tons of options for storage!
I am so excited about the new vibe in this little 12×12 shed-shop and I cannot wait to show you all the inspiration that this place has sparked!
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