From Drab to Glam – Shed Makeover on a Dime

Shed - Before

Shed- After

One of my home projects for the summer was to “resurrect” my shed from it’s desitute state to a more eye-pleasing state.  The shed, orginally blue, to the match the neighbor’s house was painted to match my house.  No, I didn’t steal their shed in middle of the night!  Actually, the neighbor’s home was in foreclosure and the current owner was willing to sell this shed.  So, the purchase was made.     

Since my budget was small, I did the following:   

  • Painted the exterior which took 1-1/2 gallons of paint for the siding and 1/2 gallon of paint for the trim. $75
  • Replaced the 2×4 boards on the doors.  The previous boards were rotting.  $10
  • Lined the window box with roof flashing.  This is a cool idea that I saw in the Backyard Living Magazine.  The flashing was cut with a pair of tin snips to resemble scallops (look above the After photo).  I then painted the flashing and lightly sanded the flashing for a worn look.  When handling roof flashing, be sure to wear gloves and any other protective items needed as it has sharp edges.  I then nailed the flashing to the existing window box for a new look. A roll of roof flashing costs $20.
  • Replaced door hardware. $15
  • Placed mulch around plants.  $10
  • Adorned the base of the window box with existing decorations.

 Total Cost of this Project: $130.00

Ways to save even more money on this project:

  • Consider checking the paint clearance aisle for colors that might match your desired color.  I have bought paint this way.  This can be a money savings. 
  • Check for broken bags of mulch which are marked down considerably.
  • Revive the old hardware by using an abrasive wool pad.  Paint if desired.
  • Get creative!  It’s fun!

Recipe Review- Sweet ‘n’ Tangy Freezer Pickles

Here at Best-Planet, I have decided to dedicate my weekly Monday post to sharing a recipe that I have tried over the weekend.  Since cucumbers are in full force and many of you might be wondering what you could do with all of them, it only seems appropriate to share a cucumber recipe that I received from Taste of Home magazine.

Sweet ‘n’ Tangy Freezer Pickles

10 – 12 medium pickling cucumbers (about 2 pounds), thinly sliced

3 medium onions, thinly sliced

1 large green pepper, chopped

3 tablespoons salt, divided

2 cups sugar

1 cup white vinegar

1 tablespoon celery seed

In a large container, combine cucumbers, onions, green pepper and 2 tablespoons salt.  Cover with crushed ice; mix well.  Refrigerate for 8 hours. Drain; rinse and drain again.

In a saucepan, combine the sugar, vinegar, celery seed and remaining salt.  Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1 minute.  Spoon over cucumber mixture.  Pour into jars or freezer containers.  Cool.

Top with lids.  Cover and freeze for up to 6 weeks.  Thaw at room temperature for 4 hours before serving.  Yield: 4 pints

Review

As I stated earlier, this recipe was submitted by a subscriber of Taste of Home magazine in the June/July 2001 issue.   Even though this recipe is pushing 10 years since publication, I can assure the average pickle lover that it is worthy of a try.  I must admit that this isn’t the first time I’ve tried this recipe.  But thought it was quite deserving of the posting, given the abundance of cucumbers. 

The recipe is extremely economical, as you’ll find that a garden full of produce and the typical kitchen ingredients will be all you need.  If you love bread-and-butter pickles and don’t particularly care for canning, this is the recipe will be a good replacement.  The only drawback noted is that it’s recommended “shelf life” is only 6 months so if you are looking for more longevity, you might consider your favorite canning pickle recipe.