The Cottage Shed

The Cottage Shed was formed after my success with putting paint to furniture. I enjoyed the free flowing, large movements of big brushes and large 'canvases' on which to paint. Soon, nothing was off limits to an update with paint, stain, glazes and waxes!

Having a 1970's Viceroy cottage as a home here at Ironwood Farm in Beamsville, Ontario, it was only natural to name this new business, “The Cottage Shed”. Upcycled vintage furnture, antiques that have seen better days, barn boards, skids, old cupboard doors, hardware bits; all re­purposed, re­styled and re­designed into farmhouse, vintage, french country, and shabby chic home decor pieces.

Let me add a little character from another era to your home decor!

Whenever I miss you

'Whenever I miss you' rustic sign

Hand lettered piece custom made for a client.

Always hand done, no stencils or vinyl.

Custom work welcome!

our nest

our nest sign on pine board

Rustic sign on stained pine, hand lettered without the use of stencils or vinyl.

This piece is sealed for protection with a satin finish.

Custom hand lettered work always welcome!

Rustic signs

Rustic hand lettered signs on vintage cedar siding

Rustic hand lettered signs (no stencils or vinyl) on reclaimed vintage cedar siding and pine panel.

Custom pieces available on request!

The Look

Rustic acrylic owl painting on pine panel

This cute owl was custom painted for a client in acrylics on pine panel.

Available upon request.

Ruth's Cat

acrylic painting cat on pine board

This piece was custom painted as a gift for my lovely grand daughter!

Acrylics on pine.


rustic rooster on vintage cedar sidinf

This rustic rooster is a real charmer! A lovely pop of colour for your kitchen, dining room or any space.

Great farmhouse, cottage, rustic vintage charm!

Painted in Artist's quality acrylics on reclaimed vintage cedar siding.

Available for sale.

11 x 14"


grateful, thankful, blessed

grateful, thankful, blessed rustic sign

This piece is a lovely acceent to any farmhouse or cottage style decor!

Acrylics on reclaimed pallet hardwood panel.

Available for sale.

6.5" x 38"


Chickadee on Birch

rustic chickadee on birch tree

Chickadee on Birch is painted in artist's quality acrylics on live edge hardwood. 

Rustic Cow

Rustic Cow on Reclaimed Hardwood

Rustic Cow

How now, brown cow? This rustic painted Hereford is peeking out around the corner! 

Whimsical rustic styling for your farmhouse, country, and rustic decor.  10.5" x 11"

*This particular piece has sold...but can be custom ordered.


Rustic Rooster

Rustic Rooster on Reclaimed wood

Rustic Rooster

This piece is done in acrylics on reclaimed hardwood. It was fun to do!

A great piece to accent your rustic, farmhouse, or cottage style home decor.

7.5" X20"


Rustic Hand Lettered Signs

Hand lettered rustic signs

These signs are hand lettered on up-cycled pallet wood and cedar siding. No computers, no stencils!

They are a great accent for that rustic, farmhouse, shabby chic, and vintage decor.

Sizes vary, and custom orders taken!

Prices start at $12 CAD

The Carters

custom hand lettered sign

This is a custom piece that was ordered via facebook....and the client lives right around the corner, go figure!

Hand lettered without the use of computers or stencils, this sign is painted on up-cycled vintage cedar siding from a house reno.

Custom orders taken!

Vintage Graphics, French Inspired!

vintage graphics, french inspired

Here are some really cute signs that will add a little "oo-la-la!" to your home decor. 

Made with up-cycled solid wood drawer fronts and sporting vintage graphics, they are unique and will add that shabby chic, french, and farmhouse syle to your room

Priced at $18 each.

Rustic Barn Board Sign

vintage cow graphic, antique barn board, rustic sign

This piece was custom designed for a retired Dairyman and his wife. I was given a board from their old barn, and with the help of antique white paint, stain, glaze, and a vintage graphic, it turned out great! The name was hand lettered in black acrylic paint. The whole thing was finished with a durable polycrylic for years of protection. I hope they enjoy the surprise!

Ladies Dressing Room

This rustic sign, "Ladies Dressing Room", was made for two special little girls -my grand daughters! My daughter's in-laws have an old barn that is coming down, and she rescued a few boards. 

Farmer's Market Sign

vintage Farmer's Market sign

Vintage Styled Farmer's Market sign is ready to add a little old world charm to your Kitchen, Dining Room, or Hall!

This piece was hand lettered without the use of stencils or computer fonts. It has been distressed and glazed, and would look fabulous in your vintage, shabby chic or rustic home decor.

4' x 5.5"

Available for sale: $40 CAD

Rustic Welcome Sign

Rustic Farmhouse Welcome Sign

Definite Farmhouse feel on this Rustic Welcome sign!

Hand lettered without using stencils or computers, this piece is one of a kind. It is painted in an off white, washed with a little grey, and distressed and antiqued.

This piece would look great on a front porch, in a front hallway or mudroom...even a kitchen accent!


Taking orders. Please email for details.

Vintage Sewing Sign

vintage Sewing Sign, upcycled cupboard door,

This Sewing Sign was another project that I put together at a customer's request. She has a small sewing business out of her home, and wanted a little something special to hang on her sewing room wall.

I upcycled an old oak cupboard door with some paint, some crackle medium and glaze, and put together this adorable sign. The graphics are vintage, a combination from two differnt sources, but they go together perfectly!

She loved it!


Custom sign orders available upon request!

Vintage Flair

kitchen dresser, vintage vanity

These two beauties were what got me hooked on old furniture.

The first was this old (1904) kitchen dresser with spoon carving ....and it was falling apart. I kept the top intact, waxing it to preserve the time worn patina, but painted and distressed the body in Country Chic  Vanilla Frosting.

It is part of my kitchen cabinetry.


The vintage vanity (1950's) still has the original round mirror and bakelite handles. It, too, got painted in Vanilla Frosting, slightly distressed, but this time coated in a durable polycrylic to protect it.

Spice Cupboard

Vintage Graphics decorate this little cabinet painted antique white.

It has slight distressing, and is coated in a durable polycrylic.

Perfect for spices, teas, or coffee.

17" x 12 3/4" x 4.5"


Paris Side Table

Vintage Accent table with Paris Graphics

This little table adds a little "oo-la-la!" to any space!

Painted a lovely blue/grey, distressed and glazed, this piece sports

a French Paris Graphic.

Available for sale: $65

Fine Dining

This little sign is a perfect example of upcycling!

A cabinet door, some vintage cutlery, hand lettering, crackling and glazing...

This piece has sold, but I am able to create more!


French inspired Accent Table

This night stand/accent table is all dressed up and ready for a night on the town!

Antique White paint from General Finishes, a little crackling and dstressing...

Add a vintage French graphic and we have a stunning piece to add to your boudoir, your living room, or your bathroom to hold towels and toiletries!

This piece has SOLD.

Farmhouse Hutch

Farmhouse Hutch

Rejuvenated vintage pine hutch now sports a lovely blue gray paint with dark stained tops.

The interior was highlighted with a lighter grey and everything was glazed and distressed.

This piece has sold.

Vintage Writing Secretary

Vintage writing secretary

This piece was one of my first to rejuvenate...and I love it! I was given this vintage writing secretary years ago, and it hung around in various rooms for YEARS before I decided to update it! It sports Country Chic brand paint in a custom Skeleton Key Grey and Vanilla Frosting. A little distressing, a little dark wax, and new-made-old bird pull and we were set to go! 

This piece would be awesome in a bedroom or a great room...even a kitchen! The three drawers provide ample storage for linens! 

Available for sale:  $295 CAD