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From a blank canvas to a welcoming shed vignette

I see the side of a fence or shed as a blank canvas with the potential to create something visually pleasing. That may sound a little strange, but the idea is worth considering. Creating a shed vignette can add the perfect touch to your yard.

shed vignette Sue Pitchforth outdoor decor

I moved into my home three years ago and this shed was a prominent fixture in my backyard. It was this huge thing just sitting there. The first time I saw it I knew it was waiting for “some personality”. What that personality was, I had no idea, but I knew it was going to become something unique.

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I had a black iron bench that I placed in the middle of the shed wall, then added an iron gate that I removed from my fence. (I had replaced the gate with a wooden one.)

shed vignette Sue Pitchforth outdoor decor

I thought these two pieces would make a nice focal point for the centre of the shed. In my mind’s eye, I saw clematis and other climbing plants all over the bench and travelling up the gate.

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It was still a bit of a blank canvas and it was calling to me as I gathered pieces I found in my shed, the garage and my basement. To make it easier for me to decide what to hang on the side of the shed, I placed everything in one place to see what pieces I had.

shed vignette Sue Pitchforth outdoor decor

Items that you could use to hang include:

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  • Small signs
  • Birdfeeders
  • Flower pots
  • Vintage tools
  • Old boxes

Starting on either side of the shed, I began to hang various items and before I knew it the entire wall was filled. Very quickly, the space came together and I was happy with what I was seeing.

I love my backyard, my gardens and my conversation areas. Equally, I am really enjoying the side of my shed.

If you have a shed that needs a little life, I hope I have inspired you to look at yours in a different and creative light.

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Here’s a short video on the finished project:

Follow up: Even designers can change their minds! After including all the pieces on the side of my shed, I was on my deck one evening and realized the shed needed a new coat of paint in a new colour. I wanted the shed to pop and selected this beautiful deep shade of iron grey. I think it was just the touch that was needed to finish my shed!

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About the Author

Sue Pitchforth Decor Therapy Plus

Sue Pitchforth

Sue Pitchforth of Decor Therapy Plus is an international award-winning designer and Readers’ Choice winner for eight years in a row. Sue is a TV personality and professional speaker who takes a refreshingly unique and inexpensive approach to design that yields luxurious results. Believing your home is an expression of your life and personality, Sue says most people usually have a lot of what they need, they just don’t know it. She uses her popular workshops and seminars to inspire homeowners and her newest program is Design & Property Styling from a Distance. Having recently relocated to Ottawa, Sue is thrilled to be here and is already helping homeowners make the most of their spaces.

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