Shed Door Refresh & DIY Awning

I’m so excited to finally share a DIY I’ve been working on this summer! The idea was to give our garden shed (which houses our pool equipment) a tropical South Beach look inspired by our visit to Miami this past March.  So happy with how it all turned out and thrilled to share all the pretty details of my Shed Door Refresh & DIY Awning with you! Just about everything I needed for this project I got from The Home Depot Canada. Let’s take a look at the before…

*This post is sponsored by The Home Depot Canada, but as always, all opinions are my own.

Cute, but could use some sprucing up, right? Here’s how it looks now:

Ta da! Loving the fresh new vibe! Let’s go back to the beginning and I’ll show you the step-by-step.

I removed the door and hardware and gave it a light sanding.  I applied one coat of primer and 2 coats of paint to the door.  The colour is Sunkissed Apricot by Behr.  The hardware was in pretty rough shape and required a couple of tries to get the finish smooth.  I used Flat Black Tremclad spray paint by Rustoleum.

Next it was time to move onto the awning.  A little note here…when I first envisioned the awning, I wanted it to have a scalloped edge. After giving it my best try, the scallops just weren’t working.  I’m pretty good at basic sewing, but just couldn’t figure them out no matter how hard I tried! I decided to go with a clean edge instead, and honestly I think it still looks amazing! Lesson learned? Be flexible with your DIY’s.  They don’t always go as planned, but push through, keep trying and find another way if you need to!

My Shed Door Refresh & Awning DIY is starting to take shape!

I measured and cut the fabric allowing for a 1/2 inch seam on either side and a 3 inch pocket at the bottom for a rod.  I couldn’t find outdoor fabric in the pattern I wanted so I used Scotchgard spray instead.

I pre-drilled holes in a piece of wood trim to affix to the shed above the window.  Then I stapled the fabric to the underside and folded it over.

A shower rod goes through the 3 inch pocket and attaches to garden brackets mounted upside down on either side. The simple but curved styling of the brackets gives the awning a little bit of flair!

I set up this little bistro set, (table & chairs) perfect for enjoying morning coffee or a glass of wine in the evening.

The tropical print on this pillow fits right in with my South Beach vibe.

This window box exploded with white petunias just in time! I added a fun doormat and coral lantern for extra interest.

Hope my Shed Door Refresh & DIY has inspired you to show your shed some love. Now if only it was as just as cute inside! With fall coming I’m already thinking of how pretty some pumpkins, mums and a wreath on the door will look! To see how I decorated my front porch for fall last year, check out my Simply Festive Fall Porch Decorating.


Judy xx



  1. Cathy
    April 28, 2020 / 6:43 pm

    Love everything you

    • lifeisbetterathome
      May 13, 2020 / 11:05 am

      Thank you so much Cathy!

  2. Ingrid Willems
    May 12, 2020 / 4:56 pm

    Looks super cute! You did a great job updating the shed.

    • lifeisbetterathome
      May 13, 2020 / 11:08 am

      Thank you so much Ingrid!

  3. Jilly
    October 30, 2020 / 8:44 am

    Best She Shed I’ve seen….. awesome 👍

    • lifeisbetterathome
      January 16, 2021 / 5:26 pm

      Thank you so much Jilly!!

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