At Home: Mary’s Shed Makeover

After a lot of hard work, Mary unveils her Laura Ashley shed makeover... read more

It may be the end of Summer, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the great outdoors! Taking some time this autumn to decorate her shed, the lovely Mary of My Model Mummy was armed with a whole host of Laura Ashley product to help her along. Let’s see how she got on with the mammoth task…

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I am a Mum that works from home and i’m the founder of my outdoor toy company. I started off my business just over a year ago in a small corner of our shared home office. After a successful year I felt it was time to expand and create myself a space where I could not only work but take time out to create. I invested in a new shed for our garden and filled it with all the the garden toys and gardening equipment whilst deciding what to do with it.

When I was younger we had a small shed at the back of our garden attached to a four bed semi in rural Hertfordshire. I loved being outside and set up an after school club for my friends and I in my Mothers garden hut. It was a small shed with a concrete floor, even a little leaky and very cold! We would draw pictures and hang them on the wooden slats using rusty nails as hooks. I placed an old blanket on the floor and spent a lot of time in there with the family cat just reading and having picnics. I remember picking apples from the tree at the end of the garden and storing them in an old wooden crate for when I had visitors.


So many years later my new shed is bringing back some very fond memories. Sheds have somewhat evolved since the early 80s and my new garden hut is certainly leak proof and sturdy. My nails are shiny and I have picture hooks and a sewing machine to create with. I still have wooden crates with a vintage feel which in fact I did have to delve into my tool kit to fix up. Inside my crates I store fleece throws and woolly blankets. In another crate I hold different fabrics and materials from sewing projects. The only food I have in my shed is a glass jar containing rabbit food and another glass jar containing nuts for the rare black squirrel we have living in our back yard.

I used Laura Ashley Duck egg garden paint for the exterior of the shed and white washed the interior. In the picture you can see a Victorian garden chair which I purchased from my local auction house for just five pounds. I have up-cycled this chair and painted it white. The Logan berry throw is a very generous size and looks great thrown over the back. I plan to make a cushion as a future project.

The log store is our rabbits old hutch. I simply removed the doors and any unwanted hinges and filled with firewood. I have left it the original colour as I think it looks very country and suits where it is situated.


As I will be using this area for crafting I wanted somewhere to hang my aprons. I opted for the over the door Mabel multi hook as it was an easy option, requiring zero screws and the pattern suits me perfectly. I love, love-hearts. I also hang my Daughter’s little hessian bag on the hooks. She likes to fill it with flowers she has picked from different parts of the garden and then place them in jam jars. The flowers really brighten up my work space and the roses from my rose bush smell divine.

Inside my shed I needed to reserve an area for my camping equipment and general shed things! I found that although my items were neatly stored, this whole section was very distracting. I decided to use Clarissa fabric to make a curtain divider meaning I can now just open the curtains if I need to access my things. Whilst I had the drill set up to hang the extendable curtain pole I also put up two small pink shelves. This is where I display my herbs and flowers.


On the adjacent wall I have placed my crates filled with blankets and fabrics and I have made an area for my Daughters art work. Her pictures add a sense of fun to the wooden decor and I no longer feel guilty for not displaying her beautiful pictures. The framed picture is the first rainbow she learned to draw just recently at nursery. It makes me very happy.

And finally I have a work table. I keep pots of pens, scissors, tape and general stationary on my desk. Anything I can grab when I need to write address labels or package up a product. I chose the rosemoor floral keepsake box because I like all the little compartments inside. The storage areas are a nice size for my tape measure and pins. The pattern of the box also blends in with my cranberry tones matching the rest of the decor.


On the floor I have a rug which adds a little comfort to my “She” shed. Placed on my rug is a large wire basket. I like the fact that it has a handle which means I can fill it with firewood or flowers and carry it to my destination. The basket is my favourite item from my shed make over.

I really enjoyed using Laura Ashley products to complete the look for my new office space.

Which is your favourite piece or inspiring idea that I have chosen to use for my new shed?



That is a she-shed to be proud of! Very pretty, I love the finishing touches, and the artwork from your daughter is such a sweet addition. I have wanted to create a she-shed in our garden – it’s the only space we have left. Just need to get rid of the old tin monstrosity that is taking up the space first!

WOW ! Inspirational, love the fact the your ‘she-shed’ is multi functional. I have used Laura Ashley wallpaper to decorate some of the rooms in my house so know the products are great & really like how you’ve incorporated them into your design, will definately be visiting my local Laura Ashley this weekend to see what’s on offer to freshen up my little 1902 outhouse!

I NEED a Sheshed! I would love somewhere to sit and just be mine! I would need to have a little wood burner to keep it warm in the dark cold winter North eastern nights

what a lovely shed, I’m so jealous, our shed is definitely a man only area. I love the curtains you have to hide the shed things, but I also love the keepsake box.

How gorgeous! Our shed is falling to pieces and I’d so like to make it look like a beach hut but I’m just too afraid/have little DIY knowledge to know where to start or how to do it!

This is fab! And what a lovely place to have a work space out in the garden. I’m in the process of sprucing up my home office, which is indoors sadly – I think this looks lovely with a very cool vintage feel!

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