1. A mat-forming, evergreen shrub (Vaccinium macrocarpum) of eastern North America, having pink flowers and tart, red, edible berries.
2. The berries of this plant, used in sauces, jellies, relishes, and beverages.
1. A small, single-storied house, especially in the country.
2. A small vacation house.
cran·ber·ry cot·tage
1. A tiny house in the woods in the north of Holland.
2. Peace, quiet, paradise.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The garden shed.....

All throughout June, we are working on odd jobs at Cranberry Cottage. We are using long weekends there to get things done. This past weekend we decided to start on a job we have put off since we bought the cottage 9 years ago...the garden shed.


This shed was hand built by the farmer who owned the cottage before us. He made it so solid that even our neglect was not enough to bring it to ruin. We had the roof replaced years ago but never got around to painting it. The problem was that I hated the brown and wanted to do something different but also within keeping of its surroundings.

Last week, I got a brainstorm that it needed to look like typical Old Dutch "potdekselen". We bought a large pot of "bielzenzwart" which is a very fluid tar based paint. We got stuck in and I discovered that I have a hidden talent for this kind of paintwork. I did the three sides while Jos worked on the front and underneath of the roof overhangs on all side.

The difference of the before and after photos just amaze us. We are really happy with a weekend's hard graft.


Our next task will be to repaint the door and roof line in cranberry as the cottage itself is and making some new lace curtains. The ones hanging now are so old that I am afraid they will turn to dust if I touch them.



  1. Wow, that really looks nice. It made a really big difference. Great job you two. Oh you too Dagi, I know you had to supervise.
    Love Mom

  2. That looks amazing!!! Love that color!

  3. It looks fantastic! Be sure to share some pictures once the rest of the painting is done.

  4. I'm loving your garden shed Heidi. Perfect colour. Thanks for your comment on my last post. Just catching up with everyone's blogs. Hope you are well. Have a great weekend.
    Patricia x

  5. Goede keuze...zwart, dat is veel mooier dan bruin.
    Het schuurtje is erg opgeknapt, en straks mooie nieuwe gordijnen...

  6. Your garden shed looks more like a cottage! Great job on the painting - it does look wonderful. Love the colors, they're very rich looking.

  7. Wow, your shed looks fantastic after the re-do! What a wonderful transformation.

  8. Ziet er weer strak uit! En ben je afgelopen weekend er nog geweest? Het was echt weer om binnen te blijven en met naald en draad (of naaimachine) bezig te zijn. Het lijkt wel herfst!... ( niet dat ik dat erg vind LOL!)

  9. That looks really nice. I love the dark color! Maybe I could just live in the shed...

  10. Zo, dat is opgeknapt, erg mooi geworden hoor!!!
    Ik vind dit soort klusjes ook zo gezellig om te doen, vooral wanneer het resultaat zo leuk is geworden.
    Dikke hug, Bep.

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