One of My Dirty Little Secrets

Raise your hand if you know what I’m talking about when I say “Monica’s Secret Closet”? If you don’t, check out this link for a refresher:

Who has a little tucked away place like this at home? I hope all of you say yes, even my super clean freak (in the nicest way) sister Wendy.  I’m going to share mine with you.

We have lived in our house for about 12 years now with this charming two story barn in the back.  We have never used it for anything other than a junk closet.  We tried a couple years back to make it usable studio space for painting projects, didn’t work.  We store all sorts of crap out there, space heaters, patio furniture, old beds, used paints, forgotten projects for the store, kids junk, squirrels, mice and chipmunks. We talked last year about converting it to a she shed for a hang out space for the kids but life happened and more junk got shoved out there.  This year WE ARE DOING IT! We have had it 90% cleaned out by my shop helpers and we are ready to renovate.

What I need from you are ideas.  We want to know what projects you would like to see done in this space.  Think  -project house for all of us to try some ideas and we will share projects and progress along the way.  Email us some ideas at or post some ideas to our Pinterest board “Big Red Barn” at:

We are excited to hear what you would do with this space, you guys have such great ideas on using reclaimed materials in our shop.  This weekend we are finishing demo, next week we are starting to plan the interior finishes.  Also, should it stay red or does it need a color change? Our house is pale yellow with black shutters and turquoise front door.  Thanks!