It feels SO good to shout it and officially announce it. It would have been kinda awkward shouting, “Sorry guys!!! We gave up the middle of last week!”. I wouldn’t dream of giving up this late in the game. Especially since this past week has been all about adding the final details that make our cottage guest shed feel like a home. I can’t wait to show you all the work we put into our tiny 10′ x 12′ shed.
If this is your first time here, welcome! Here’s where you can catch up on the past week’s happenings:
And now, I’d like to share the time-lapse video we did during the whole shed remodeling process. We’ll be following up with a video tour of the cottage to answer some of the most frequently asked questions and to show all the details. You can follow us on YouTube here.
The most time-consuming part of this job was done the first 2-1/2 weeks as we installed new windows, reconfigured the wiring, insulated and then put up faux shiplap on the walls and ceiling. The trick to putting faux shiplap over the studs with no drywall behind it is in ORC week 3’s post. It really gives the room the cottage vibe I was going for.
A bar area below the window gives you a place to eat or hook up your computer without taking up much space.
In the wintertime, this is where we’ll store the portable air conditioner. The exhaust for the AC unit is hidden behind a cover on the wall near the bar. I’ll add those pictures later.
If we decide that we need a composting toilet in the closet, we already have an electrical socket.
The guest house is right off the front porch so it’s not a necessity right now. But, I’ve already got it all planned out. If I need to convince Jason it’s time to get a toilet, we’ll just spend a night in the cottage mid-winter so he can get the full experience of running to the bathroom in 30-degree temperatures. 😉
(Update: Juli insisted after her 1st night in the cottage that she has a toilet so we went ahead and picked a composting toilet out. She’s 6-feet tall, so we’ll have to remove the upper shelf. I’ll add a curtain on a swing-out rod for privacy. We’ll follow up with a video tour of the cottage later.)
One of my favorite details of the guest shed is the reclaimed wood artwork that hides the TV.
The easiest DIY project was making the wood slice coffee table. Jason brought this slice of pecan home about a year ago and I knew right away we’d save it for this room.
There’s also a mix of metals such as the antique gold on dresser drawer knobs, the oil rubbed bronze knobs on the built-in cabinetry and the raw steel on the industrial pipe bar brackets.
To make use of the top of the dresser, I added a coffee bar.
Jason welded the frame for this shelf and we added some oak planks we had in our stash of salvaged wood. We have the modern farmhouse shelf brackets welded from steel for sale in our Etsy shop.
Our last project was adding a small porch with corrugated galvanized metal sides to complement the light fixtures.
We decided to join as guest participant a week before the One Room Challenge began and I had no idea how tiring the next 36 days would be. We’ve lost precious hours of sleep and have gained a few pounds from eating take-out more times than I can count on my fingers (and toes). Would we take on the challenge of completing a room from scratch in 6 weeks again? Absolutely!
Let’s talk budget:
We originally budgeted $2500 but with the addition of exterior improvements we didn’t plan on and some incidentals, we spent $3100. Luckily, the new roof was sponsored, so that was not included in those numbers. I already had many of the decorative items, the TV, microwave, fridge, and the air conditioner that we used in our garage.
Lastly, I’d like to share a few tips I’d give homeowners who want to tackle a project like this:
1. Before you get started, I recommend using an app like this one to space plan. I used this same app to make the 3D digital after pictures in week one’s post. It allowed me to see that built-ins were the way to go with this small space. I could also visualize how deep the cabinets needed to go in order to give us the maximum amount of depth without blocking the sightlines of the room.
2. Even though it might seem daunting to do everything yourself, there are advantages to this if you’re an experienced DIY’er. You’re not at the mercy of your contractor’s timeline. This may mean doing the work at night after the kids have gone to bed and working weekends, but you set your own schedule for when things get done. You also save yourself a ton of money. On our tight budget, we couldn’t afford to hire out the work.
3. Make yourself a punch list a couple of weeks before your expected completion time. It’s easy to underestimate the time you have left to get everything done. If your list is in plain view, it’s easier to stay on track and your partner can see what they can work on when you’re not there. Plus, there’s something so satisfying about scratching another project off the list.
Update: Here’s a before picture of the exterior and a picture a couple of months later when the flowers were in full bloom!
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- Wall, ceiling, and trim color- Alabaster by Sherwin Williams in Satin SW 7008
- Interior Door Color- Lincoln Cottage Black by Valspar in semi-gloss 4009-2
- Exterior door color- Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore in semi-gloss HC-166
- Blue and White Quilt
- White Chenille Fringed Shams
- Wild and Free pillow cover by Katie Daisy (no longer sold on Society6)
- Industrial Wall Sconces
- DIY Reclaimed Wood Sliding TV Cover
- DIY Live Edge Bar
- DIY Steel pipe bar brackets
- Barstools Set of 2 and Single
- Curtains- a DIY project using dropcloth. I made the roman shade using this tutorial
- Wrap Curtain Rod- Walmart sold out but here’s a similar one and the ring clips
- DIY Wood slice coffee table with Hairpin legs (wood slice was given to us by a friend) Similar coffee table
- Artificial Sansevieria / Snake Plant (it was put into a larger pot)
- Waterfall faucet
- Mini cube microwave
- “Treat Yo Self” print
- Black Dresser (Habitat for Humanity find)
- Glass Knobs on Dresser- Marshalls
- Door Pulls on Cabinets
- Bin pulls on the trundle bed cover
- Black & White Enamel Mug Set
- Coffee, Tea, & Sugar Enamelware Container Set
- Tobacco Basket
- Black & White Horse Print
- White Fluted Pot on the coffee table
- Geometric Candle Holder (similar) on the coffee table
- Hanging plant holder
- Geometric metal and glass terrarium
- Vintage General Electric oscillating fan
Thank you, Linda, of Calling It Home, for allowing all of us guest participants to be a part of the One Room Challenge! Be sure to check out all the other room reveals. I’m sure you’ll find something that inspires you!
Have you tackled a room remodel recently? Please share your tips on what made it easier on you.