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From Garage to Garden Shed

Filed Under: Exteriors & Facades, Outdoors

No garden shed? No problem. With some re-organizing, you can turn your garage into a lovely, functional shed for all your gardening tools and accessories.

Check out this great DIY project -- one of our favorites from the brand new April issue of Country Living!

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Tools lined up in satisfying rows, scissors and twine within arm's reach, a sink just for arranging flowers-the potting area ranks up there with the mudroom as the ultimate country fantasy. Don't think you have space for one? You may want to think again. Connecticut contractor Arnold M. Karp devised this dream "garden shed" by taking full advantage of the wall space in a suburban garage-with shelves, cabinets, and peg rails. A poured concrete floor pleases the eye and provides a practical surface for parking cars. "My goal was to utilize every nook and cranny," Karp says. Mission accomplished.

garden garageDana Gallagher / Country Living

Garage-to-Garden Shed Tip #1: Karp set up an inventive organizing scheme for outdoor essentials with three rows of Shaker-style peg rails. Underneath, familiar containers put dirt in its (attractive) place.

Make the most of multiples. In addition to single pegs, Karp doubled up to create spots for hanging tools, like the broom and rake above, by their heads. With three closely spaced pegs, even boots have a home. (For similar custom peg rails, $17.50 per foot; Shaker Workshops, 800-840-9121)

Rid your floor of plastic soil bags by pouring the contents into Ikea's indispens- able trash bins. Then gussy up the cans by downloading darling labels at countryliving .com/gardenlabels and printing them on sticky paper. Download the labels (sheet 1) and (sheet 2) here.

Where to buy: Bins, $24.99 each; Post-it craft paper, $10.74 for six sheets;

Garage-to-Garden Shed Tip #2: Karp borrowed from kitchen design, outfitting one corner of the garage with lower cabinets, a granite countertop, and an apron-front sink to create a zone for cutting blooms and washing muddy hands. Up top, ornate iron brackets give painted lumber shelves a lift.

Where to buy: For similar: sink, $408;; faucet, $369.87;; brackets, $22 each;

garden garageDana Gallagher / Country Living

Garage-to-Garden Shed Tip #3: A carpenter's caddy finds a new calling. Tuck plant markers, stakes, and other small tools in one of these handled (read: easy-to-tote-outside) cases.($39;

There's more than one way to recycle glass. Simply pop a cork in a beverage or condiment bottle and voilà-you have a spot for seeds or bird feed.

Give your stuff a stylish label- literally, with these supersweet zinc tags. ($15 for six;

Don't get locked into a long- term commitment. The chalkboard end panels on this rustic wooden carton free you up to change the contents as often as you'd like. ($94.99 for set of four; Hubert, 800-543-7374)

Garage-to-Garden Shed Tip #4: Karp refined the garage walls with classic beadboard and molding, painted Restoration Hardware's Silver Sage-but skipped fixed shelving. Instead, this reclaimed-wood piece here offers mobility and space for corralling everything from pot saucers to seeds. ($1,995;

Borrow from the library. A second- hand card catalog doubles as a brilliant filing system for seed packets. Want extra room? Any recipe box will fit the bill, too. (Card catalog, $58;

Want to see the rest of the tips? Check out the full piece on Country Living. Or take a look at ShelterPop's coverage of the Country Living "What's Country Now?" party.


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