Rustic shed with garden shutters and bike

Learn how to create instant charm to your backyard with a rustic shed with garden shutters and bike! Faux shutter tutorial showcasing Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils. Click for more!

If a girl leaves for a month during summer, what happens to her grapevine-covered rustic garden shed?

Are you even ready for this?!

Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

How I pruned the grapevines around a rustic shed used a garden arbour.

It disappears!

I swear, this grapevine-gone-crazy happened in the blink of an eye. One day I was packing my bags, and once I returned, everything in the yard puffed up as if anything that grew turned into an inflatable toy.

But this grapevine took top spot.

How I pruned the grapevines around a rustic shed used a garden arbour.

I sat in my lawn chair staring at it for the longest time, basically watching it take over even more.

Reason being, the shed has actually been falling apart for some time. As it stands (barely) today, the back is broken, leaving the entire structure with a serious lean along the front.

I reasoned if I did anything to it, it would come tumbling down. I just didn’t have a plan on where to move the firewood stored inside, plus I really didn’t know what I wanted instead. Yet.

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But with the finished reclaimed wood junk fence now complete and looking so cute, it was time to tackle that eye-sore shed.

Leaning or not!
 How I pruned the grapevines around a rustic shed used a garden arbour and added a vintage bike to this small flower bed.

I’d been stealing from the shed area while building the fence so even the flower bed was in shambles.

So I planned a ‘quick’ clean up to get by for now.

How I pruned the grapevines around a rustic shed used a garden arbour.

I grabbed the pole pruners, leaf clippers and any other device that clipped and got to work.

Piles upon piles covered the yard…. until I was happy with the amount of clipping.

See the shutter on the left? The paint faded right off, so that got tweaked too.

Then I brought over the old antique bike that was lost against a chain link fence, and started to play.

And this was the same-day result…

Learn how to create instant charm to your backyard with a rustic shed with garden shutters and bike! Faux shutter tutorial showcasing Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils. Click for more!

Welcome back little shed! It’s nice to see you again! With a whole new look too without spending a dime!

Learn how to create instant charm to your backyard with a rustic shed with garden shutters and bike! Faux shutter tutorial showcasing Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils. Click for more!

I love refreshing the look of this shed every summer and the bike this round totally did it for me, being a bike trail fanatic and all.

So much so… if the shed continues to stand, I’d like to turn it into a ‘bike shed’ next! Now to collect old bike parts…

Learn how to create instant charm to your backyard with a rustic shed with garden shutters and bike! Faux shutter tutorial showcasing Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils. Click for more!

This quick clean-up was a matter of pruning, weeding, shuffling garden junk, painting one shutter, borrowing from the hydrangea bush and calling it done.

I’m glad I gave it another chance… it’s still such a cute focal point!

Learn how to create instant charm to your backyard with a rustic shed with garden shutters and bike! Faux shutter tutorial showcasing Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils. Click for more!

Learn how to create instant charm to your backyard with a rustic shed with garden shutters and bike! Faux shutter tutorial showcasing Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils. Click for more!

The Garden Shop Shutter

A new DIY added to this project is the Garden Shop shutter.

The shutter is really just a repainted plank of wood attached to the shed to resemble a shutter. So easily done with a big, instant impact!

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Supplies I used:

Garden Shop stencil from HERE

Fusion Mineral Paint’s Casement and Chocolate

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Stencil brush

Cordless drill

Plank of reclaimed wood


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How-to:

1. The plank got a light sanding, then was coated out in Casement. (white)

2. The Garden Shop stencil was positioned into place to work with the desired look, then stenciled with Chocolate to match the Potting Shed shutter.

Tip: To deepen the chocolate just a little, add a touch of Coal Black. I forgot I had done this with the Potting Shed shutter. I love mixing my own tones, it’s very easily done! Pour into a paper plate and mix.

3. Hold plank against shed, then screw into place, adding old rusty hinges for a dash of authenticity.


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Click above to watch the short video of the shutter process!

See how the Potting Shed sign was made HERE and first used as a shutter HERE

Learn how to create instant charm to your backyard with a rustic shed with garden shutters and bike! Faux shutter tutorial showcasing Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils. Click for more!

I decided to prune the grapevines while leaving some rambling along the roof and down the side. I think it was just enough without loosing a ton of grapes in the process. The vines are loaded!

One of my fav pruning tools is an extendable Pole Pruner. Mine is similar to THIS ONE.


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Click above to watch a 1 minute video of the pruning adventure just for fun and see who visited me right at the end of my pruning session!

Learn how to create instant charm to your backyard with a rustic shed with garden shutters and bike! Faux shutter tutorial showcasing Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils. Click for more!

Dear little lopsided rustic garden shed with that now big wild tree (oh dear) towering over you, while your days may be numbered, you’re still as cute as ever…

…when I can see you!

I’m going to miss this little thing one day… guess I’d better dream up a replacement!

What would you suggest?

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Here’s a couple other past fav posts with this little ever changing shed…

The Potting Shed sign and potting bench addition

My very fav photoshoot of the shed to date

My fav winter shoot

The ice storm – this is a cool tour!

And how it started from the very beginning…

Read ALL rustic shed posts HERE

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  1. I couldn’t help but laugh when I saw your picture of the shed……stuff happens…like where did it go????? Ha Ha…Hey I noticed that side of the shed matches the fence you finished. Did you make wreathes out of the grape vines that you cut???? Did you have any grapes to eat…..???? It looks good. Put a cross beam of lumber across the back and it might last a while. I have loved watching that little shed change through the seasons. Enjoy that little shed.

    • Thanks Melissa! The vines I cut weren’t significant enough to weave with, but I’ll take one more look before hauling it to the dump! (still in the back of my truck haha)

      Yes, plenty of grapes! I think they showed up in the video… I hope I put the clip inside the pruning one…

      I’ll consider your suggested fix, sounds way easier than what I felt I had to do!

  2. I love all the phases of the lil’ woodshed. This latest one, I think, is my favorite!! Great job bringing her back to life, Donna!

  3. Oh Donna, I really had to laugh at that picture, I thought no, could that possibly be the shed? I imagine that you heard this little muffled voice from your yard saying “ Hey, over here, help me” I’m sure that your lil shed was SO glad to see you when you got home! Looks lovely now, very beautiful job.