Uncategorized

How to Turn a Squirrel-bitten Toolshed into a Dream Writer’s Cottage in Five Easy Steps

IMG_3674

Virginia Wolf was so right about having a room of your own in which to write and any shed can qualify as that room. What makes it a dream cottage is individual to every writer, but here are five basics to start with:

1. Requisition any abandoned outbuilding.  I was lucky the little beach house we moved into last year has a  shed on the property (below). The former owner once stowed their gardening tools there, but any little outbuilding will do, as long as the roof doesn’t leak.

photo-2

 

2. Paint the inside. An inexpensive coat of white paint did wonders to erase the shed’s agricultural past.IMG_0958

3. Electrify. Once I installed power, the shed started feeling habitable. An overhead fan was a godsend for hot days and an internet connection was helpful.

Image-11

4. Furnish. The fun part. First, a zinc-top table found at Brimfield Antique market. Some antique valentines. Then a computer and Periwinkle Studios fabrics. A work in progress.

Image-12

 

Image-10

5. Enjoy your solitude. It isn’t perfect. I share the space with a few wasps. There’s no bathroom. And come October I need two space heaters. But despite its shortcomings I highly recommend the converted shed. When company arrives and the house is full its a perfect place to escape and work. A place even Virginia Wolf might like.

IMG_3684 (3)IMG_3753 (2) photo

 

IMG_3739

2 thoughts on “How to Turn a Squirrel-bitten Toolshed into a Dream Writer’s Cottage in Five Easy Steps”

Comments are closed.