Instead of tearing down the old shed in her yard, Knick of Time blogger Angie just gave it a facelift. Using repurposed and salvaged materials, leftover home renovation supplies, and a lot of creativity, Angie designed a rustic bunkie filled with country charm. The rotting, ramshackle structure is now a stylish retreat—proving that newer is not always better.
Angie's thrifty reno provides lots of inspiration for DIY enthusiasts. Little things, like this antique front door, are a great way to add character without breaking the bank.
The corrugated sheet metal used to liven up one wall was cheap (it only cost Angie $20), gives the room texture, and makes it easy to hang wall art—just use magnets! Basic bedding keeps things simple while small light fixtures give the room ambiance.
Storage is often an issue in small spaces, but thinking outside the box can solve many issues. In this cottage a few built-in shelves and an old ladder work overtime to store books, bedding, toiletries, and any other odds and ends.
For added personality, find some unique artwork to hang up. This old window frame and sheet music combo is a great example, but you can also use old maps, paintings, pressed flowers or black and white family photographs. Just remember, the older the frame, the better. And don’t worry if all the furniture doesn’t match, the eclectic look just adds to the appeal of country living.
Fresh flowers provide some softness and allow you to incorporate old tables, books and antique farm equipment into a design without things getting too dowdy. Adding clean, whitewashed baseboards and freshly painted flooring will give the space a polished finish.
Rethinking old furniture is a great way to save money and use what is already around the house. Angie reused classic grain sacks to cover an old wicker couch: cheap and charming! Handmade blankets and quilts would also work.
Instead of buying new floorboards, Angie used old license plates to cover gaps in the flooring. Hanging dried flowers and delicate curtains warm up the rustic surroundings, and antique glass bottles look great in the sunlight, adding a touch of colour to windowsills.