A small steel shed is a practical and not-too-expensive way to store outdoor tools, but it’s not the best-looking garden feature. Even if you paint it, it’s always just a shed.
Designed to blend in on the wall of a weatherboard home, this timber cabinet is secured to the side of the house then painted to match the exterior colour scheme.
A streamlined storage solution, it still has plenty of hanging space for garden hand tools and there’s a shelf for pots, fertiliser and other essentials.
To withstand exposure to the elements and resist insect attack, the cabinet is built from marine-grade plywood and LOSP treated pine. Cut the plywood to size using a circular saw and straightedge guide, and use a mitresaw to cut the pine.
The tops of the sides are cut at a 60º angle to match the fall of the roof, with the side trim pieces and rafters also cut to match.
Finish the cabinet
Attach the cabinet to the wall studs, then refit the doors and roof. Fill over the nail and screw heads, apply two coats of exterior acrylic, then add the doorhandles and latch.
Attach mounting clips, brackets and hooks to the interior and doors.
Clad the roof in shingles to match the house or paint the plywood. Don’t use clay or concrete roof tiles, as they are thicker than shingles and may be too heavy for the cabinet.
Step 1. Assemble the carcass
Mark the shelf location on the sides and prop them upright, then position the shelf on offcuts between the sides.
Drill pilot holes and secure the shelf using screws, then position the back on the carcass assembly and secure to the sides and shelf with screws at 150mm centres.
Step 2. Attach rails rafters
Position the top and base front rails, then secure with screws.
Clamp the outer rafters to the sides, flush with the angled tops, and position the centre rafter between the top rail and the back.
Secure the rafters with pairs of screws through the back and the top front rail.