Growing up, I’ve always held great pride knowing my roots were deeply planted in the rich soil of Minnesota farm country. One of the amazing benefits of being influenced by family who know and appreciate the value of farming and living off the land, is that they’ve taught me to be mindful of and honor what nature provides us. I’m guessing this is why I so love repurposing. In a real way, it’s an homage to my family heritage.
Today’s post illustrates this perfectly: a pictorial walk-through of how my cousin, Jim and his sons Eli, Manny and Ehren Kuphal reused and repurposed 100+ year old barn wood, shelves, windows and doors into a fabulously useful garden shed. What’s more, we’ll see how they smartly built this new room under their exterior staircase, an area that was previously wasted space.
Now, that’s appreciating the earth! Grandpa Raymond would be pleased.
Jim’s wife, Myrna, kindly emailed me progress photos and the finished results, along with a little background to the build:
These are the pictures from the garden shed that Jim and our boys built me this year as my Mother’s Day present! Materials were wood salvaged from the barn, the door from the barn, shelves from the old school, windows from the house before new windows were put in, and rocks from our field (the big ones not the flooring).
The only new part was the panel for light at the top! We used the space that was under the stairs from our new room above the 3 car garage. Pretty economical and resourceful!!
When it comes to sheds…simple and durable materials are best!
Garden or tool sheds, greenhouses, and kids’ playhouses – these are perfect projects to reuse single-pane windows. You can find lots in different shapes and sizes on DiggersList and any Habitat for Humanity ReStore near you…or, reuse your own!
So sweet…the weathered paint of the garden shed nicely complements the brick. I also love the large stones – outdoor accessories that are always in style!
The Kuphal’s garden shed and barn door add wonderful character to their home’s exterior…and is puppy approved! Good girl, Libby!
With so much leftover barn wood, Jim and Eli decide to DIY a sweet and very apropos flower box.
The fabulous results!
Thank you, Kuphal family, for sharing your home and wonderful project!
Now, it’s Your Turn!
We’d absolutely LOVE to see how you’ve repurposed an item for your home! PLEASE share and send photos to: [email protected]
All photography by Myrna Kuphal, for HomeJelly