One Room Challenge Shed Inspiration

I can’t believe I have decided to do the One Room Challenge™ at the very last minute! I had told myself I was too busy and there wasn’t enough time but my excitement and need to get the shed completed won out. This post is to share my one room challenge shed inspiration with you all.

This is a super fun 6 week one room makeover hosted by Linda from Calling it Home. Each week on her blog you can see inspiration and progress from all of the bloggers and designers linking up.

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If you are new to my blog from Linda’s ORC link up party, WELCOME, I am thrilled to have you stop by. My name is Sonya and I have been blogging about home decor and DIY projects for over 3 years now. It’s lots of work and loads of fun all wrapped together.

Last year I jumped in for the first time with the One Room Challenge™ and completed my kitchen makeover. That room involved lots of help from my awesome, talented and very busy husband. He worked so hard on our tongue and groove wood plank wall that I still have to brag on him for that one.

This year my son is graduating high school and we will be throwing him a family party out on our back patio which is connected to our shed. The shed use to house all of our tools and so much stuff/junk I can’t even begin to explain it all.

See what I mean… (that’s my awesome husband cleaning out once we decided to change this space into a family and friend hangout!)

Organizing and Purging

He built this shed over 8 years ago when we bought our house. It is 16 x 20, which is a great size for an outdoor shed.

Over the past year we have completed a few projects but never really made it as pretty and functional as I intended it it be. We added 4 windows, the deck/porch, bought the new TV, Serta Loungers and hung a ceiling fan.

It think this a great place to show you all of the space as it is now.

SHED before ORC, fair warning I left everything as it was when I opened the doors except for the ladder I moved around.

One Room Challenge Shed Before

One Room Challenge Shed Interior Before

One Room Challenge Shed Eating Area Before

One Room Challenge Shed Double Door view

One Room Challenge Shed Food Area Before

Somethings to consider about the SHED

  • I want the space to be a great gathering spot for our family and friends. I love to see groups of teenagers hanging out playing games, watching movies, or having bible study.
  • The space needs to make everyone feel welcomed and comfortable.
  • The style needs to feel welcoming to us, include comfortable furnishings and flow with the inside of our home. I am making a few more bold decor choices out here that I hope to incorporate in to the inside of the house later.

NOW for my inspiration photo. I’m going for a modern rustic mountain cabin look. It that too many words? Maybe but I couldn’t condense it.

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One Room Challenge Shed inspiration Spring 2016 /

Clockwise photo inspiration  Source 1 / Source 2 / Source 3 / Source 4

As you can see from 3 of the 4 photos I am drawing inspiration from the amazing Brian Patrick Flynn. You can see more of his work on his website Flynnside Out.

We’ll there you have it! Now I have to get to work. I would love to have you come back to see each weeks post but if you would like to follow along with more photos between posts each week follow me on @athomewiththebarkers on Instagram and my hashtag #AHWTBshedmakeover. I already have a some photos there.

See all of the SHED makeover progress here:







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  1. I was looking for something like this! I don’t want a she shed or a man cave but a family space just as you have done! I think our shed is similar in size. Can’t wait to see your tutorials! Thanks for the inspiration! Now to show my husband! Haha

  2. We added the windows by finding one’s that were on discounted at the local hardware store. It was one of those special orders that someone didn’t take so they were a good price. Since we didn’t need a specific size it was a great deal. I think we paid $80 for each window.

  3. Sonya, I can’t wait to see you put your special touches on the shed!
    I have a shed that has been in my back yard for ten years and I want to put special touches on it after all these years. I just had it painted with other changes coming along slowly as money permits. It does not have any windows but would love to add some. Would you mind giving me just a “ballpark figure as to the cost of adding two windows? Changes will come slowly for me but I’ll get it done!!
    Thank you for your inspiration!

  4. Thanks Katie for stopping by! I recently found your blog and I love it, it’s more great inspiration for me for the shed makeover!! Your ORC is going to be awesome. ~Sonya

  5. First off, I think it’s so awesome that your husband built the shed and second, I can’t wait to see what you do! I love the inspiration photos and look forward to following along!

  6. Oh my! I am SUPER excited to see how this is going to turn out! It is our “someday” project to build a finished shed or barn like yours, so I’m absolutely going to check out your finished projects! Best of luck!

  7. Sonya, Oh this will be fantastic! Now I want a shed in my backyard too. Oops, there’s my green-eyed monster peeking out. It will be a lot of work, but that’s fun work! Enjoy!
    Hugs, LYnn

  8. Wow what a great space! I wish I had a large shed like that! Can’t wait to see it completed!

  9. Hi Sonya,

    I can’t wait to watch you transform the shed into something amazing! What a fun project!

  10. LOL…We got rid of so much and moved everything else to our garage. Which really needs organizing now πŸ™‚

  11. Question—- What did you do with all of shed -stuff ? Where else do you put a riding John Deer??

  12. I can’t wait to see what you do here! We have a shed that I hope to turn into an office for myself sometime in the next year or two.

  13. I think I am using this makeover as a distraction technique…not sure it will work though! Thanks so much for stopping by.

  14. Thanks so much!! I’m excited to and need to get to work but I’ve spent the day looking through all of the inspiring link ups!

  15. That shed is awesome, and such a fantastic addition for outdoor entertaining! This is my first time doing the ORC, and I’m definitely going to follow along with this challenge. Can’t wait to see what you do!

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