Steal This Look: Garage as Potting Shed
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If there were support groups for garage abusers, I'd be a regular at meetings: "Hello, my name is Michelle, and I have many cardboard boxes with mysterious contents, a stack of broken beach chairs, and a roof rack from a car I sold a long time ago." Then I would confide my secret fantasy... I dream of converting my garage into a potting shed: a workspace with good light, seedlings on the windowsill, and plenty of room to store tools. I sense I'm not the only one among us who has an old clock radio with a frayed cord sitting on a shelf behind camping equipment I'll never use again. You may harbor a similar fantasy. Here's how to get started: Above: Give everything a coat of fresh white paint (bonus points for using up the dregs in that can of paint behind the skis you haven't touched for five years). Image via Skonahem . Above: Let's put some light on the subject, as my mother likes to say. A galvanized gooseneck Barn Light with a 16-inch shade; it's $208 from Barn Light Electric. Above: You can use barn door fittings, such as the Standard Flat Track (above R), to create a roll-open doorway wide enough for a wheelbarrow (or two); for prices and options, visit Barn Door Hardware . Above: You will be growing some variety of lavender, of course. But how to choose? There are dozens of species of the aromatic herb Lavandula; a few options include (from L) Grappenhall, Provence, Grosso, Dutch Mill, Abrialii, Seal, Yellow Lavender, Spanish Lavender and French Lavender. Image via Mountain Valley Growers . Above: If you're considering Spanish lavender, a Potted Lavender Plant comes in an 8-inch galvanized pail ($39.99); visit Overstock to check availability. Above: To haul all that lavender, a Jumbo Crate Wagon ; it's $149 at Home Depot. Above: A sunny windowsill where pots of white pelargoniums sit next to a tall galvanized Vattenkanna by House Doctor. The watering can is a splurge if you live in the States; it's 459 Swedish krona (plus shipping) from Julia's Vita Drommar. Above: A smaller Galvanized Watering Can , same long spout. It's $58 from Terrain. Above: In Sweden, where there is a shortage of light in winter, long-stemmed Marbacka pelargoniums thrive indoors. Images by Posidriv via Flickr (above L) and Pelargonium Oasen . Above: For a similar look, varieties of Pelargonium x hortorum, also known as zonal geraniums, are widely available at local nurseries. Image by Evenstar 9 , via Flickr. Above: Storage for storage, tucked into a corner. Image via Julia's Vita Drommar . Above: Under foot, 4-inch square Granite Cobblestone pavers; they're $6.09-$6.49 per square foot, depending on quantity, at Build Direct. Image via Xiamen. Above: Red Clay Pots by Guy Wolff come in a variety of sizes; for prices and ordering information, visit the website. Above: A 12-quart Galvanized Steel Pail by Witt; it's $9.99 at Wayfair. I don't think I'll miss the old roof rack, the camping equipment, or the vintage clock radio a bit.