Studio Cottage Makeover – $100 Room Challenge

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This Studio Cottage makeover is part of $100 Room Makeover. My goal here is to organize, clean up and decorate my Studio Cottage aka She Shed into a more usable space. 

On with the $100 Room Makeover and all that it will help me accomplish! My Studio Cottage (or She Shed as many like to call them) is in dire need of a makeover. 

This is makeover is part of the $100 Room Challenge hosted by Erin Meyer at Lemons, Lavender and Laundry. She has been hosting this challenge for a few years now and this is the first time I have committed to participating. 

You can see who all are joining in and what they are revamping at the end of this post. 

My Studio Cottage or She Shed is one of the most popular things on this blog. You have seen where we built it together here, Building my She Shed.

And at tons of requests I shared the interior with you here, Inside my She Shed Cottage.

So with that in mind you may well ask why did I choose my Studio cottage for this?  Well I will show you, the photos and video tell it much better than I can. 

I work in here just about everyday and this past year has been so hectic.  Inside my little cottage has gotten to where I can barely move around and I can not find things easily. 

That is sad, sad, sad as this is my special space and deserves better. 

My only excuse is I have been swamped and just flying in here to create my painting videos and more for the blogs.

So rather than labor on how it got here lets start with what I would like to do

My photos take your around the space from one side to the other. I had to shimmy between clutter to get back far enough to get the photos.  I couldn’t get them straight!

Studio cottage she shed

In the video you will note I had already started on the sink area. 

I am thinking I am going to start there and just work my way around the room clearing as I go.

cluttered inside of my little cottage studio

We had some beautiful sunshine today, you can see it streaming in the windows.  

My work table where I shoot my painting videos is smack dab center of the room.  I may need to downsize this table, I tend to clutter up the extra space anyways. 

The bookcase in back needs to be reorganized and maybe something put in front of it to hide my supplies.  Or maybe some decorative bins of some kind. 

Over on the left side here I want to replace the work counter that has shelves (you can’t see that as the chair and other clutter is in the way) I am thinking maybe a chest of drawers to put things in. At least with the drawers closed you won’t see the mess. 

I am already scouting Facebook market place and other classifieds for that. 

Goal #1


I have lots of signs, materials and stuff that can be moved and stored in the basement. Getting that moved and organized in a fashion that I can find it easily is the first order of business. Even extra paints can go in there as it is temperate year round and they will store well. 

Goal #2

Find or create storage that will keep things tidier and be more decorative too.  Maybe a chest of drawers instead of the workbench counter. 

Goal #3

This is a tough one.  I would like to create a comfy seating area to just sit and relax out here while I brain storm my next design or lesson. I am not sure I can swing it but I will have it in mind as I go through this next 30 days. 

I joined with all these other ladies to keep myself motivated and on track. Needing to report in each Wednesday to link up and share should help tremendously! 

So come back each Wednesday and see what progress I have made! 

This is going to be fun. Now let’s see what everyone else is planning.

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  1. I have the same problem in my craft room…I can’t find anything! I’m so excited to see how you organize this cute space. What an adorable shed!

  2. Slowly but surely. The challenge is actually placing everything where I can find it when I need it and not just run and dump it somewhere else!

  3. Thank you, it is a lot of work but I am making headway.

  4. I am so glad I could make you feel better. I have the same issue, I didn’t want to take the time to get it done right but having 30 days and some accountability should help me see it through. Out to work on it now!

  5. The dresser may not happen as I know that I have a tendency to store stuff that I don’t need if I can easily tuck it away but it is a good thought I haven’t tossed completely yet.

  6. It is slowly coming together. I am determined to spend almost $0 on it as I have so much stuff I can use to make what I need. Except for maybe a comfy chair if I am able to carve out a nice cozy spot to relax in.

  7. Anne Fisher says:

    Can’t wait to see what will change!!! I thought “well, now I don’t feel so bad”–cause my sewing room is a total disaster and oh my!!! so similar to your cottage /she shed!!! It is HARD to make myself go in that room–to even START on trying to get it in better shape! I don’t remember seeing the inside back when– so after looking at that first?? Wow!!! 🙂 it is so easy to have that disarray take over — hurry in and out– thinking I will take care of it next time or later!!! Truly–look forward to seeing what happens in the 30 days!!! Good LUCK!!!

  8. This is going to be a super fun project! I love the dresser idea & cant wait to see the finished project!

  9. Terrie Tipler says:

    OH Pamela!!! How fun and great it is to have a space to work in and do your projects. I would love to have a space like yours. I can’t wait to see the finish space.

  10. I love this space! How nice to have your own “she shed/cottage” to get creative and work. I’m so excited to have you joining in the challenge! I cannot wait to see how you makeover this space in the next few weeks.

  11. Can not wait to see the transformation…..what fun!! Please try to make room for maybe a small rocking chair with a small end table or something similar to hold a cup or glass as you meditate and a notebook to write down all of the new projects that come to mind. Looking forward to your progress.

  12. Yes, my She Shed has amazing potential for functionality and this challenge will help me get her whipped back into shape!

  13. The sitting area may be a pipe dream but it would be so nice!

  14. I do love my She Shed cottage. It is a shame I let it get so bad inside but I am having so much fun getting her cleaned up!

  15. nicole torres says:

    OMG! I love you’re she shed and I wish i had one. I can’t wait to see what you do.

  16. The dresser is such a good idea, Pamela. I just love the idea of a she shed and yours looks like so much fun! A sitting area with a cup of tea sounds amazing. Can’t wait to see the finished space.

  17. Hi Pamela,
    I’m so glad you are joining us and I love your She Shed. I’m sure everyone is jealous that you even have such a wonderful place to work in. I worked on my home office two years ago so I know how important it is to have an organized and functional place to work that you love. I know that your she shed will be amazing when you are done and I can’t wait to see it.

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