Sunday, July 5, 2009

Garden tool closet

Here are some pictures of the newest addition to our garden- a garden tool closet. It is smaller than a shed (about 2 x 3 1/2 feet), and occupies a tiny footprint, but has room to store a lot of garden tools.

I like the name "closet" because it speaks to its diminutive stature, and when I told people I was building a shed for the backyard, the response was the same "where are you going to fit it?". There is plenty of space in any yard to put such a small structure.

As you can tell, it bears a resemblance to its big sibling- the style and colors were inspired by the greenhouse (below you can see the closet looming over its kin's shoulder). The closet also acts as a focal point, drawing you into the back yard, especially if you need a shovel.

I used some materials left over from building the greenhouse, but mainly I just wanted another project to build. Excepts for one quart of paint, all the materials were re-used and just and all were from Home Resource. Including the can of paint, it cost $135, although this is a fraction of what the materials would have cost new, to me the real benefit is using materials for this project that are recycled- in some cases many times.

For example, I built the greenhouse roof using metal roofing I got at Home Resource. When I bought the roofing it was used before I got it. After completing the greenhouse, I took my leftover roofing to Home Resource, and then when I started building the tool closet, I went back and purchased it again (I have a few scraps left and I'll bring it back there for hopefully the last time- for me)! Josh, the manager, laughed that there was probably no carbon left in that tin roof.


  1. It's darling! Love the colors.

  2. Omigosh, that is just adorable! I see one in my future...

    May I link to this on my blog? I'd love others to see it, too.

  3. Hi Susan,
    Of course you can link to this- I am flattered.

  4. Thank you for posting such a useful, impressive and a wicked article./Wow.. looking good!

    garden tools

  5. Very nice indeed, great idea for storage and nice colorful addition too. Roofing Contractors Edinburgh

  6. Excellent idea, and also a welcome addition of color especially in the winter months.

  7. Thank you for this inspiring article! This closet looks way better then anything you can buy.

    I’m glad to find your blog. So many great ideas! The little library is also amazing. And the best it’s all from recycled materials. Looking forward to see more from your project list.

    English language is sometimes a little bit difficult for me but the images speak volumes 

    Greetings from Germany